Dr. Won Sop Shin

PhD | Prof. Chungbuk National Univ.

Won Sop Shin obtained his Ph.D. in forestry in 1992 from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a professor at Chungbuk National University in Korea holding the Chair of Korea Forest Therapy Forum. Also has an adjunct professorship in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He has 30 years of experience in research and conducting projects on forest and human health. His main research interest is the psychological benefits of forest and nature experiences.

During the years of 2013-2017, he also served as Minister of Korea Forest Service (KFS), and Chair of the Committee on Forestry, FAO. During his term, KFS developed many new forest policies relating to using forests for human health and welfare. He is now a Head of the Graduate Department of Forest Therapy at Chungbuk National University enrolling about 150 students in master’s and Ph.D. programmes. Won Sop Shin is also working actively with international organisations such as the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine.

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