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.
- Prof. Rod Keenan , has research interests in forests and climate change (mitigation and adaptation), the role of forests in providing ecosystem services and in forest and climate policy. He has worked in Tasmania and Queensland and with the Australian Government and has undertaken research in Canada, Japan, Papua New Guinea, South East Asia and Central America.
- Dr. Rebecca Ford (Research Fellow), Rebecca's research interests are in the underlying basis for public views about forest management in people's aesthetic responses and their cognitive attitudes.
- Thu Ba Huynh, Thu has recently completed her PhD, investigating the policy impacts of REDD+ in Vietnam. Her study found that processes for implementing this mechanism were more inclusive and that it could contribute to local adaptation to climate change. Thu Ba has worked with a range of international organisations and has extensive research and project management experience in South East Asia.
- Dora Carias Vega (PhD candidate), is studying the economics of organization of community-forestry enterprises with field work in Guatemala and Mexico.
- Kunzang Choden (PhD candidate), is undertaking a project assessing vulnerabilities and developing strategies for climate change adaptation in forest management units in Bhutan.
- Jennifer Field (PhD candidate), Jennifer's project 'Mapping for Sustainable Futures', is using cultural mapping to clarify community shared visions and livelihood options in natural resource planning and development. She is working with indigenous and local communities in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.
- Heni Kurniasih (PhD candidate), Heni's research focuses on community forestry and governance in relation to innovation theory; the focus is on innovation processes and support structure of community forestry to achieve development objectives in Indonesia.
- Kiran Paudyal (PhD candidate), is analysing quantification methods and mechanisms for payment to communities for ecosystem goods and services from community forests in Nepal.
- Prativa Sapkota (PhD candidate), is investigating people, forests and climate change adaptation in the context of community forestry in the Middle hills of Nepal.
- Anna Sanders (PhD candidate), Anna's research examines multi-level governance and policy arrangements for REDD+ in Indonesia with a focus on processes of land use change and decision-making across several sites and two districts in the province of Central Kalimantan. It is being undertaken in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) headquartered in Bogor, Indonesia.