I am an environmental social scientist interested in interactions between nature and society. I specialise in forests, rural development, sustainable agriculture, livelihoods, policy analysis, global production networks, governance and environmental issues with solid experience in gender equality and results-based management. I am driven by issues of social justice, especially pertaining to natural resources and therefore focus on issues of political ecology and environmental justice in my research. After 17 years of working with civil society in sustainable agriculture, co-operative development, and poverty alleviation, I turned my interests to scholarly pursuits. My PhD research focussed on actors' ability to benefit from the rattan global production network. I also worked on multi-level forest governance and Reductions of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Currently, I am leading a three-year study on environmental justice within timber and wood product industries, specifically as they relate to the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).
PhD International Development, University of East Anglia (UK).
MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD), The University of London (UK). The Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, T.H. Huxley School of Environment, Earth Sciences and Engineering at Wye. University of London.
BA Honours Development Studies, The University of Calgary (Canada).
Countries of Professional Experience
Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Americas: Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, US
Asia: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka
English and Indonesian
For more information please visit
For a current list of publications please visit http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3434-7294
Messiness of forest governance: How technical approaches suppress politics in REDD+ and conservation projects,
in Global Environmental Change
pp. 314-324Full Text UEA Repository
The Park is Ruining our Livelihoods. We Support the Park! Unravelling the Paradox of Attitudes to Protected Areas,
in Human Ecology
pp. 93–105Full Text UEA Repository
Claiming the forest: Inclusions and exclusions under Indonesia's ‘new’ forest policies on customary forests,
in Land Use Policy
pp. 205-213Full Text UEA Repository
Analyzing multilevel governance in Indonesia: Lessons for REDD+ from the study of landuse change in Central and West Kalimantan,Full Text UEA Repository
Searching for Justice: Rights vs ‘benefits' in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, Indonesia,
in Conservation and Society
pp. 370-381Full Text UEA Repository
Multilevel governance challenges in transitioning towards a national approach for REDD+: Evidence from 23 subnational REDD+ initiatives,
in International Journal of the Commons
pp. 909-931Full Text UEA Repository
What the Indonesian rattan export ban means for domestic and international markets, forests, and the livelihoods of rattan collectors,
in Forest Policy and Economics
pp. 210–219Full Text UEA Repository
Using Circos data visualiser to analyse trade data: a review and how-to guide,
in Social Science Computer Review
pp. 779-784Full Text
Benefit sharing in context: a comparative analysis of 10 land-use change case studies in Indonesia,
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)Full Text
Who holds power in land use decisions? Implications for REDD+ in Indonesia,
in CIFOR InfoBrief
100Full Text UEA Repository
Multi-Scalar Access Analysis: Understanding How Benefits Are Shared in a Rattan Global Value Chain,
in SAGE Research Methods Cases.
Sage Publishing LtdFull Text
Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (Review of book by Derek Hall, Philip Hirsch and Tania Murray Li),
in AntipodeFull Text
Key Research Interests
I am primarily interested in the ways that social and environmental justice related to natural resources are experienced and influenced in different ways by different actors. This interest has led me to investigate relationships between Indigenous People and land (used for conservation or production) over which they lay claim, issues of access and exclusion in non-timber forest product global production networks, multi-level governance arrangements, land tenure security (especially as pertains to Indigenous Peoples' rights), interactions between people and nature, and currently - environmental justice issues within timber global production networks. I am interested in the claims of justice that different actors make at different points in governance arrangements, and in understanding how such claims are formed and understood by other actors.
I address these interests in a transdisciplinary way, building on theories developed in social science fields such as sociology, anthropology, political science and economics and using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
My core work with UEA is on ProdJus: Supranational Forest Governance in an Era of Globalising Wood Production and Justice Politics.ProdJus research analyses supranational forest governance in and beyond Europe in relation to globalising production networks and justice politics. We have a particular interest in the differentiation of governance forms and outcomes between Europe and the South, among Southern countries and between the transnational, national and local levels. By looking at novel forms of forest governance (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade [FLEGT] and Forest Stewardship Council [FSC]), ProdJus will improve understanding of how collective action can address critical challenges in an increasingly globalised world, and what this means for the future of the European continent in the presence of a more general shift from state-centred territorial governance to flow-centred arrangements.
I am also working issues realted to multi-level governance, environmental justice, and access.