• Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Lessons for Research Policy and Practice: The Case of Co-enquiry Research with Rural Communities

    Have you ever worked in multi-partner projects aimed at working for rather than with communities? Have you experienced the challenges of doing so? How have you overcome such challenges and transform them into opportunities? In this article, we explore the relationship between institutional funding for research and community-based or co-enquiry research practice. We describe the implementation of […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Incentivising REDD+?

    This article, led by my former MSc student Tessa Dunlop, investigates the current state of development and performance of REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanisms in five countries. Benefit distribution plays a central role in incentivizing action in REDD+. Conceived as a global performance-based incentive mechanism to reduce land-use emissions in developing countries, REDD+ involves changes in resource […]

  • Uncategorized
  • Fire is REDD+

    This article is one of the latest scientific outputs of an action-research project in south-eastern Tanzania focused on combining participatory forest management with REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) incentives. The project introduces early burning practices to reduce the number and (heat) intensity of wild and late-season fires, to develop robust carbon accounting methods. […]

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Bioenergy and sustainable development: what evidence for policy-making?

    The use and expansion of bioenergy, understood widely as energy derived from any form of biomass such as recently living organisms or their metabolic by-products, has sparked an intense debate on whether it can contribute to climate mitigation and sustainable development. This article, co-authored with other IPCC colleagues, represents one of the most comprehensive systematic reviews […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Justice and conservation: the need to incorporate recognition

    In light of the Aichi target to manage protected areas equitably by 2020, we ask in this article how the conservation sector should be incorporating concerns for social justice. We focus in particular on ‘recognition’, because it is the least well understood aspect of environmental justice, and yet highly relevant to conservation because of its concern […]

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Carbon offsets: accommodation or resistance?

    In this themed issue published in the journal Environment and Planning A, we contribute to ongoing debates analysing the effects of climate-offsetting activities at different scales and on different peoples and ecologies. The starting point of the issue is, first, our conviction that carbon offsetting deserves scrutiny to ensure the continuous evaluation of climate policy instruments, in order […]

  • Environment & Human Development
  • Who writes for the IPCC?

    This week in the journal Nature Climate Change, colleagues and I published an analysis of who has participated in the latest 5AR mitigation report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We analyse North-South representation, institutional pathways, co-authorship patterns and disciplinary backgrounds, using Social Network Analysis of authors’ CVs. The US and UK are […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • Land-based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict

    This is the first Working Paper of the MOSAIC project, a 4-year international research project aimed at studying the interesection between land-based climate change mitigation, land grabbing and conflict, in Asian countries in political transition, i.e. Cambodia and Myanmar. The project involves grassroots civil society organizations, NGOs and academic partners from these two countries, the […]

  • Environment & Human Development
  • Mainstreaming impact evaluation in nature conservation

    In December 2013, I co-organized a workshop in Forest Conservation Policy Evaluation in Barcelona, sponsored by the INVALUABLE project, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Center for International Forestry Research and the European Association of Environmental Resource Economics. A synthesis article of that workshop has recently appeared in Conservation Letters, in which we argue that an […]

  • Biodiversity conservation & management
  • How do biosphere reserves influence local vulnerability and adaptation?

    In a new paper led by my colleague Isabel Ruiz-Mallén and published online in the journal Global Environmental Change, we interrogate how biosphere reserves can influence local vulnerability and adaptation. Based on a comparative study of four rural communities in Mexico and Bolivia we explore if resource management regulations can increase vulnerability and compromise individual […]