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Natalya Yakusheva

Postdoctoral researcher in international forest policy

  • PL 27 (Latokartanonkaari 7)




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Curriculum vitae

My main research interests lay in exploring qualities of environmental governance such as participation, accountability, transparency in a multi-level context. In addition, I focus on understanding of how policy change occurs within multi-level governance. In my PhD thesis, I have studied these topics on the example of nature conservation governance in Post-Socialist EU countries. I have particularly demonstrated the development of governance arrangements in temporal and territorial scales. Over the course of my PhD work, I gained an extensive experience with fieldwork, interviewing and observatory research methods.

Currently, I explore the EU LULUCF negotiation process and look at how and with which means actors networks influence decision-making within governance arrangements. In particular, I am interested in exploring how different factors (access, power, resources, coalitions within policy network) enable (or constrain) lobbying efforts of involved actors.

In addition to academic experience, I have worked as a consultant with the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species, focusing on supporting implementation of various policy initiatives in Central Asia, fundraising and public outreach. I have also provided expert support to implementation of sustainable natural resource management in Central Asia to the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). 

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry
  • Environmental Governance
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate Change
  • 517 Political science
  • Policy Network Analysis
  • Participation
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Lobbying
  • 5203 Development Studies
  • Rural Development and Sustainable Livelihood Systems.
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern European Studies

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


Managing protected areas in Central Eastern Europe: Between path-dependence and Europeanisation

Yakusheva, N., Sep 2019, In : Land Use Policy. 87, 13 p., 104036.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Whose Voices Are Heard and Why? Advocacy Coalitions in the European Union LULUCF Negotiations

Yakusheva, N. & Brockhaus, M., 2018, Book of Abstracts: Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance. Utrecht University, p. 91-92

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionProfessional

Open Access

Socio-demographic changes in and around protected areas and management responses: Case studies from the Carpathians

Yakusheva, N., 2016, Parks of the Future : Protected Areas in Europe Challenging Regional and Global Change. Hammer, T., Mose, I., Siegrist, D. & Weixlbaumer, N. (eds.). München: Oekom verlag, p. 211-224

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review



Society and Natural Resources (Journal)

Natalya Yakusheva (Reviewer)

Mar 2020

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

Forest Policy and Economics (Journal)

Natalya Yakusheva (Reviewer)

Sep 2019

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

Teaching of the course International forest policy and conservation: actors and instruments

Natalya Yakusheva (Teacher)

30 Oct 201814 Dec 2018

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Teaching assistant in a master course: Analysing forest policy processes

Natalya Yakusheva (Teacher)

14 Mar 20183 May 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other