Research

Our research focuses on the policy and governance arrangements for forest management and forests and climate change. This includes measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and for supporting adaptation to climate change.

In our research we use economic, policy and social research methods to explore policy and governance options to support community-based forest management, the interaction of large-scale capital and small holder timber production and the provision of forest environmental services such as carbon sequestration, water quality, soil protection and biodiversity conservation and international forest policy issues such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and building resilience and adaptive capacity in forests and forest dependent people.

Another line of research focuses on investigating new modes of decision making that more effectively engages and integrates researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Research is undertaken at landscape, regional, national and international scales.

Research sites include Victoria, South East Asia, the Himalayas (Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan) and Central America.

Research in this group will improve policy and decision making capacity in forest management for the sustainable provision of timber resources, to reduce the impacts and manage the risks of climate change, to provide ecosystem services, to reduce poverty and increase food security and to support the integration of the poor and marginalised in community-based decision making.