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Research interests

I am interested in evidence based policymaking, especially regarding how evidence is generated and ow science and scientists influence policy making processes. In my PhD project, I will investigate the benefits and limitations of two different knowledge synthesis methods (a systematic review and a realist synthesis) in providing credible and useful evidence for policymakers in the topic of environmental impacts of different property rights regimes in forests, fisheries and range lands. In addition to examining performance of methods, my PhD project also investigates the influence of scientific evidence in national policy making processes, such as REDD+. I'm  also interested to understand  what role scientists themselves play in evidence based policymaking, such as how scientists deal with their cognitive biases related to evidence and research. My current projects investigate the role and influence of research and science in national REDD+ policies in Indonesia, Brazil and Vietnam by using policy network analyses. In addition, I am planning a research questionnaire for my project related to research biases in evidence generation. 

Education/Academic qualification

International Forest Policy

Keywords

  • 4112 Forestry
  • Forest Governance
  • Forest policy
  • Forest tenure
  • Research methods
  • 517 Political science
  • Policy Network Analysis
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Science-policy interfaces

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

Publications 2014 2017

Fisheries’ Property Regimes and Environmental Outcomes: A Realist Synthesis Review

McLain, R., Lawry, S. & Ojanen, M., 2017, In : World Development. 102, p. 213-227 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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What are the environmental impacts of property rights regimes in forests, fisheries and rangelands? Systematic Review

Ojanen, M., Zhou, W., Miller, D. C., Nieto, S. H., Mshale, B. & Petrokofsky, G., 2017, In : Environmental Evidence. 6, 12, 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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What are the environmental impacts of property rights regimes in forests, fisheries and rangelands? A systematic review protocol

Ojanen, M., Miller, D. C., Zhou, W., Mshale, B., Mwangi, E. & Petrokofsky, G., 2014, In : Environmental Evidence. 3, 19, 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Projects 2017 2017

Activities 2017 2019

  • 2 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Public Talks
  • 1 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 1 Types for other activities - Other

Visitor at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Maria Ojanen (Participant)
8 Apr 20194 Dec 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Eklipse Proof of Concept Conference and Workshop

Maria Ojanen (Attendee)
23 Jan 201924 Jan 2019

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

Sustainability Science Days 2019

Maria Ojanen (Speaker: Chair), Maria Brockhaus (Speaker: Chair)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Tiede, käytäntö ja päätöksenteko-seminaari

Maria Ojanen (Attendee)
21 Nov 2018

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

Environmental Evidence (Journal)

Maria Ojanen (Reviewer)
2017 → …

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