Researchers want to know how the public perceive Invasive Alien Plants

Japanese knotweed. Photo.
Japanese knotweed, one of the most damaging invasive plants in Europe. Photo: Michael Gasperl/Wikipedia (GFDL).

Researchers at the Pufendorf Institute are working together in a Theme about Invasive Alien Plants, and are interested in finding out how the public, as well as experts, regard different plants in private gardens as well as in public spaces.

Why are certain plants defined as more desirable than others, by whom, and how?

Researchers now want to get help from the public to get a better understanding of how the public perceive Invasive Alien Plants. Through Folklivsarkivet at Lund University, they have created a questionnaire on the subject.

Helena Hanson and Johanna Alkan Olsson from CEC participate in the Theme, where researchers from different disciplines contribute with different perspectives.

- The authorities have produced their lists of Invasive Alien Species, which can be based on risk assessments, political decisions, or the availability of resource. But we want a broader perspective and want to know what the public thinks. Different people may have different views on what plants should be removed, and what plants should remain, says Johanna Alkan Olsson, who is particularly interested in the boundary between research, politics and people's everyday lives.



Questionnaire on Invasive Alien Plants at Folklivsarkivet -

The Theme Human Aspect of Invasive Alien Plants | The Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies -