Organization profile

Organisation Profile

Most of today’s environmental policy problems such as deforestation and the existing inequities in rights and benefits from natural resources are deeply rooted in historical processes and patterns of global trade and investment within and beyond the forestry sector. Domestic and international agreements, policies and decisions affecting forests and people all over the world, and vice versa. In the recently established Chair of International Forest Policy we strive for a world in which forests are high on national and international agendas, and forest stewards’ rights are acknowledged. We believe that research can make a difference through the provision of sound evidence of what is and what can be without prescribing what should be.  Our aim is to provide critical analysis to better understand politics and power in highly contested domestic and international policy arenas, often beyond the forestry sector as such.  Our research agenda aims at : analyzing opportunities and obstacles for processes of transformational change, actors’ discourses and power relations within the wider institutional environment, and implications for the forestry sector (international and national, EU and Pan-EU); understanding new modes of forest governance and emerging actor coalitions across multiple levels of governance, including private sector activities and commitments (and the role of the State within these); and evaluating effectiveness, efficiency and equity outcomes of international forest policy instruments (public, private and hybrid instruments).

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International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.




Climate change policy networks: Connecting adaptation and mitigation in multiplex networks in Peru

Locatelli, B., Pramova, E., Di Gregorio, M., Brockhaus, M., Chávez, D. A., Tubbeh, R., Sotes, J. & Perla, J., Apr 2020, In : Climate Policy. 20, 3, p. 354-372 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Usual and unusual suspects: What network analysis can tell us about climate policy integration

Pramova, E., Locatelli, B., Di Gregorio, M. & Brockhaus, M., Mar 2020, Center for International Forestry Research.

Research output: Book/ReportBookGeneral public

Open Access

Advancing the research agenda on food systems governance and transformation

van Bers, C., Delaney, A., Eakin, H., Cramer, L., Purdon, M., Oberlack, C., Evans, T., Pahl-Wostl, C., Eriksen, S., Jones, L., Korhonen-Kurki, K. & Vasileiou, I., Aug 2019, In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 39, p. 94-102 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Climate change and adaptation of mountain societies in Central Asia: uncertainties, knowledge gaps, and data constraints

Xenarios, S., Gafurov, A., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Sehring, J., Manandhar, S., Hergarten, C., Shigaeva, J. & Foggin, M., Jun 2019, In : Regional Environmental Change. 19, 5, p. 1339-1352 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Forest-Based Climate Mitigation: Lessons from REDD+ Implementation

Duchelle, A. E., Seymour, F., Brockhaus, M., Angelsen, A., Larson, A., Moira, M., Wong, G. Y., Pham, T. T. & Martius, C., Nov 2019, Washington: World Resources Institute. 32 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Open Access


Society and Natural Resources (Journal)

Natalya Yakusheva (Reviewer)
Mar 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Speaker in the Round-table discussion: Publication Strategies and Ways of writing a PhD Thesis

Natalya Yakusheva (Speaker)
31 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Strengthening Sustainability Science for Sustainable Development– Conducting research on forests and the environment in contested spaces in the Global South

Maria Brockhaus (Chair of organizing committee), Arun Agrawal (Speaker: Keynote)
12 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Planning meeting for full proposal for the call on Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives on Social Inequality

Maria Brockhaus (Chair of organizing committee), Symphorien Ongolo (Attendee), Patrice Bigombe Logo (Attendee), Blaise-Pascal Ntirumenyerwa Mihigo (Attendee), Jianmin Xiao (Attendee), Yue Zhao (Attendee)
24 Apr 201928 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Politics and Power in REDD+

Maria Brockhaus (Speaker)
11 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk