SERSD student 2017-2019

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Student profile

Sophie Plitt is interested in urban ecosystem management, civic engagement and ecosystem services

Profile summary

  • Urban environmental management
  • Urban forestry
  • Stewardship
  • Ecosystem services
  • Collaborative environmental governance

Sophie chose to come to the SERDS program to be surrounded by a community of energized and inspiring interdisciplinary thinkers. She hopes to apply her practitioner knowledge of urban forestry to conduct transdisciplinary research rooted in social-ecological systems thinking.

Sophie’s passion is connecting urban communities to trees and enhancing local urban forests through collaborative planning and management.

Sophie earned her Bachelors in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Urban Ecology at the New School University. Her bachelor’s thesis was an exploration of best practices for community engagement in the urban forest through the application of historical social organizing tactics.

For the past six years, Sophie has worked in New York City as an urban forester: planning and managing urban tree projects in NYC’s public spaces for NGOs and the municipal government. Her focus has been working with community groups and local stewards to cooperatively plan and manage the local urban forest.

Sophie has worked with the New York Restoration Project, TreeKIT, the New York Tree Trust and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Most recently, Sophie lead an initiative to collaboratively produce a community urban forest management plan in the New York neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Staff details


Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201