Dr. Lorien Nesbitt

Assistant Professor

Urban forestry, environmental justice, urban green equity, ecosystem services

Dr. Lorien Nesbitt research focuses on urban forestry and socio-ecological interactions in urban environments, with an emphasis on environmental justice, human health, well-being, and climate change. She employs mixed methods approaches and has both quantitative and qualitative methodological expertise. She is currently examining four interrelated topics (1) the relationship between greenness exposure and public health in urban environments, with a focus on climate changeadaptation;  2) urban forest governance systems that promote resilience and equity; 3) smart technologies and their applications in urban forestry; and 4) environmental justice in urban environments.  In the realm of environmental justice,  Lorien’s current research is particularly concerned with understanding the nature and dynamics of green gentrification, i.e., the physical or psychological displacement of residents due to local greening activities.

Outside of her work, Lorien likes to spend time in nature with her family, run/ski/hike, read books, and talk about innovative research ideas and analytical approaches with whoever will listen (so, kind of work).

Email: lorien.nesbitt@ubc.ca

Website(s): Google Scholar | LinkedIn | ResearchGate | Twitter

Selected Publications


Nesbitt, L., Meitner, M., Girling, C., Sheppard, S., & Lu, Y. (2019). Who has access to urban vegetation? A spatial analysis of distributional green equity in 10 US cities Landscape and Urban Planning 181/51-79

Nesbitt, L., Meitner, M., Girling, C., Sheppard, S. (2019). Urban green equity on the ground: Practice-based models of urban green equity in three multicultural cities Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 44/126433

Sax, D.*, Manson, C.*, Nesbitt, L. (2020). Governing for diversity: An exploration of practitioners' urban forest preferences and implications for equitable governance Frontiers in Sustainable Cities 2/572572

Nesbitt, L., Konijnendijk, C., Lauster, N., Park, H. (2020). Intercultural learning in contested space: the biocultural realities of global cities through the lens of Vancouver, Canada In M. Cocks, C. Shackleton (eds.), Urban Nature: Enriching Belonging, Wellbeing and Bioculture, Routledge