Biography

I have worked on resource rights, governance, and institutions with an empirical focus on forestry, agriculture and land use over the past 20 years. I approach these issues from a grounded political ecology perspective, with a particular interest in the practices and processes constituting property, authority and value. 

On the basis of my research, I have engaged with governmental and non-governmental organizations on sustainable resource governance. I have assisted national and provincial forest departments in Vietnam on forest devolution and identified key lessons on community forestry and forest rights in strategic partnership with RECOFTC – The Centre for People and Forests. Most recently, I have advised the UN-REDD Programme on the development of an effective and socially just benefit distribution system for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

These days I get most excited about issues of environmental (in)justice in theory and practice. Together with colleagues at DEV and other institutions (both academic and practice-oriented), we explore the linkages between social justice and environmental change, with a particular focus on the global dimensions of (in)justice. We study existing injustices in different areas of contemporary environmental management and are actively involved in envisioning new forms of environmental governance and social mobilization that enhance disadvantaged people's access to natural resources, participation in decision-making and social recognition.

CV and Experience

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Career History

 - 1994-1999, University of California at Berkeley, USA; Ph.D. in Energy and Resources

- 1999-2000, National University Hanoi, Vietnam; Fellow for Research and Training at the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

- 2000-2003, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany; Research Fellow

- 2003-2007, Humboldt University, Berlin; Leader of Junior Research Group on Postsocialist Land Relations

- 2007, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Development Research

- 2007, University of California at Berkeley, USA; Visiting Scholar at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

- 2007-now, University of East Anglia, UK; Professor of Environment and Development (since 8/2012)

All Publications

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Fisher, J., Cavanagh, C., Sikor, T., Mwayafu, D.

(2018)

Linking notions of justice and project outcomes in carbon offset forestry projects: Insights from a comparative study in Uganda,

in Land Use Policy

73

pp. 259-268

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Sikor, T., He, J., Lestrelin, G.

(2017)

Property Rights Regimes and Natural Resources: A Conceptual Analysis Revisited,

in World Development

93

pp. 337–349

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Rasmussen, L. V., Christensen, A. E., Danielsen, F., Dawson, N., Martin, A., Mertz, O., Sikor, T., Thongmanivong, S., Xaydongvanh, P.

(2017)

From food to pest: Conversion factors determine switches between ecosystem services and disservices,

in AMBIO

46

(2)

pp. 173–183

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Sikor, T., Cầm, H.

(2016)

REDD+ on the rocks? Conflict over forest and politics of justice in Vietnam,

in Human Ecology

44

(2)

pp. 217-227

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Dawson, N., Martin, A., Sikor, T.

(2016)

Green revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implications of imposed innovation for the wellbeing of rural smallholders,

in World Development

78

pp. 204-218

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Sikor, T., Martin, A., Fisher, J., He, J.

(2016)

Ecosystem Services and Justice,

in Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Service.

Routledge

pp. 299-301

ISBN 978-1-138-02508-0

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Verburg, P. H., Crossman, N., Ellis, E. C., Heinimann, A., Hostert, P., Mertz, O., Nagendra, H., Sikor, T., Erb, K., Golubiewski, N., Grau, R., Grove, M., Konaté, S., Meyfroidt, P., Parker, D. C., Chowdhury, R. R., Shibata, H., Thomson, A., Zhen, L.

(2015)

Land system science and sustainable development of the earth system: A global land project perspective,

in Anthropocene

12

pp. 29–41

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Saito-Jensen, M., Sikor, T., Kurniawan, Y., Eilenberg, M., Setyawan, E. P., Kustini, S. J.

(2015)

Policy options for effective REDD+ implementation in Indonesia: the significance of forest tenure reform,

in International Forestry Review

17

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pp. 86-97

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He, J., Sikor, T.

(2015)

Notions of Justice in Payments for Ecosystem Services: Insights from China’s Sloping Land Conversion Program in Yunnan Province,

in Land Use Policy

53

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pp. 207-216

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Sikor, T., Baggio, J.

(2014)

Can Smallholders Engage in Tree Plantations? An Entitlements Analysis from Vietnam,

in World Development

64

(Supplement 1)

pp. S101–S112

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Sikor, T., Martin, A., Fisher, J., He, J.

(2014)

Towards an empirical analysis of justice in ecosystem governance,

in Conservation Letters

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pp. 524-532

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Sikor, T., Newell, P.

(2014)

Globalizing Environmental Justice?,

in Geoforum

54

pp. 151-157

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Sikor, T., Auld, G., Bebbington, A. J., Benjaminsen, T. A., Gentry, B. S., Hunsberger, C., Izac, A., Margulis, M. E., Plieninger, T., Schroeder, H., Upton, C.

(2013)

Global land governance: from territory to flow?,

in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

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pp. 522-527

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Sikor, T. (ed.)

(2013)

The Justices and Injustices of Ecosystem Services,

Routledge

ISBN 9780415825405, 9780415825399

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Forsyth, T., Sikor, T.

(2013)

Forests, development and the globalisation of justice,

in The Geographical Journal

179

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pp. 114-121

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Müller, D., Leitão, P., Sikor, T.

(2013)

Comparing the determinants of cropland abandonment in Albania and Romania using boosted regression trees,

in Agricultural Systems

117

pp. 66-77

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Sikor, T., Gritten (RECOFTC), D., Atkinson, J.

(2013)

Community Forestry in Asia-Pacific.,

The Centre for People and Forests – RECOFTC

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Sikor, T.

(2013)

Introduction: Linking ecosystem services with environmental justice,

in The Justices and Injustices of Ecosystem Services.

Earthscan Publications

pp. 1-18

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Sikor, T.

(2013)

REDD+: The justice effects of technical design,

in The Justices and Injustices of Ecosystem Services.

Earthscan Publications

pp. 46-68

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Daniel, T., Muhar, A., Arnberger, A., Aznar, O., Boyd, J., Chan, K., Costanza, C., Elmqvist, T., Flint, C., Gobster, P., Gret-Regamey, A., Lave, R., Muhar, S., Penker, M., Ribe, R., Schauppenlehner, T., Sikor, T., Soloviy, I., Spierenburg, M., Taczanowska, K., Tam, J., von der Dunk, A.

(2012)

Contributions of cultural services to the ecosystem services agenda,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

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pp. 8812-8819

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Key Research Interests

Resource property, forest governance, environmental justice, processes of state formation, REDD+, smallholder tree plantations, land use, social differentiation, agrarian change, rural politics. 

Research Groups:  Global Environmental JusticePolitics, Governance and the State
 

Research Activities

  • Dimensions of (in)justice in natural resource use and governance, including empirical work on forest governance in China, Tanzania and Venezuela
  • Changes in forest governance and conflicts associated with efforts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradaiton (REDD+), primarily in Vietnam but also in China, Laos, Indonesia, Mexico and Nepal
  • Justice principles and notions of justice in protected area governance and their implications for the wellbeing of local populations
  • Struggles for environmental justice across scales, in particular the linkages between site-specific claims, higher-level mobilisations and global environmental politics.
  • The dynamics of property and resource use, particularly in post-socialist settings, as viewed through different methodological lens, including insights from in-depth fieldwork in Albania, Romania and Vietnam.

I welcome enquiries from those interested in resource governance and institutions, particularly in Southeast Asia and China. I am especially interested in supervising research students on issues of (in)justice and REDD+.

Key Responsibilities

 Coordinator, Global Environmental Justice Group