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Irmeli Mustalahti

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Personlig profil


I have a special interest in contingent socio-economic and political processes accompanying the implementation of development assistance. My PhD thesis focused on the practices and impacts of Finnish aid in participatory forest management (PFM). I have also carried out consultancy tasks related to participatory natural resource management and rural development with a particular emphasis on social issues, especially participatory planning approaches and institutional strengthening. Since 2009, I am the leader of an action research project in Southeast Tanzania ( The research seeks to identify practical models of livelihood diversification through participatory forest management (PFM) and at the same time to understand different ways of mitigating climate change and reducing vulnerability to climate variability. As one facet of this research, we are in close cooperation with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) as well as the Finnish funded development project LIMAS and an NGO called Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative. To date, we have had six Master’s level students working with the case study area (University of Leeds, Yale, Padova, Jyväskylä and Helsinki) as well as a senior researcher from the University of Sokoine, Tanzania. In the future, we aim to involve PhD students and international researchers.

Through my teaching and supervision, I aim to interact with and challenge student thinking by exposing them to new ideas. Interactive teaching values students’ ideas and aims to empower students to be independent learners. Since 2006, I have used interactive teaching methods during my own lectures and courses; it has been fun but also challenging for me and the students (see for example


  • 5203 U-landsforskning
  • 411 Jordbruks- och skogsvetenskaper

Publikationer 2002 2015

Participatory Forest Carbon Assessment and REDD+: Learning from Tanzania

Mukama, K., Mustalahti, I. & Zahabu, E., 2012, I : International Journal of Forestry Research. 2012, 14 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Analysis of three crucial elements of REDD+ in participatory forest managment

Mustalahti, I. & Taku Tassa, D., 2011, I : Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 10 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Where and How Can Participatory Forest Management Succeed? Learning From Tanzania, Mozambique, and Laos

Mustalahti, I. & Lund, J. F., 2009, I : Society and Natural Resources. 23, 1, s. 31-44 14 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Footprints in Forests: Effects and Impacts of Finnish Forestry Assistance

Mustalahti, I. (red.), 2011, Helsinki: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 199 s.

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportAntologi eller special utgåvaVetenskapligPeer review

Avunsaajista ympäristöoalveluiden tuottajiksi?

Mustalahti, I., 2011, Kehitysapukeisarin vaatekaapilla. Koponen, J. & Kontinen, T. (red.). Helsinki: Like, s. 113-122 10 s. (into pamfletti; nr. 41).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskaplig

Projekter 2003 2012

Aktiviteter 2000 2012

Africawide environmental-governance research and training program (Extern organisation)

Irmeli Mustalahti (Medlem)

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan roll i forskningsnätverk

Book launch seminar. Footprints in Forests: Does Forestry Assistance Matter?

Irmeli Mustalahti (Ordförande i organisationskommitté)
30 maj 2011

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

RFGI Methods Meeting

Irmeli Mustalahti (Talare: Presentation)
8 jan 201214 jan 2012

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Reframing sustainability? Climate Change and North-South Dynamics

Irmeli Mustalahti (Sekreterare i organisationskommitté)
10 feb 201111 feb 2011

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Ecology and Society (Tidskrift)

Irmeli Mustalahti (Referentgranskare)
2011 → …

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript

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