Intu has worked with multidisciplinary teams in remote locations in tropical landscapes and seascapes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Intu has focussed on issues with indigenous people and local communities, particularly on the importance of their traditional knowledge and wise practices in natural resources management and the conservation of their cultural diversity. Intu’s research has sought to enable forest dependent people, coastal communities and indigenous groups to achieve a balance between conservation and social, cultural and economic development.
Jeff’s works in areas where poverty is prevalent and where solutions to forest conservation and management problems have to align with the needs to improve the livelihoods of local people. Jeff has been a pioneer in the development of integrated landscape approaches where the locus of decision making on forests is moved as close to the ground as possible.
Janette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. For over 20 years she has carried out collaborative research with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Guyana. Her research interests include forest governance, collaborative natural resource management, concession systems, community forestry and third party forest certification systems.
Gary spent most of his early career working in a consultative capacity with forest products companies, resource based communities, various government agencies and environmental non-governmental organizations. Internationally, he has worked with organizations such as the Climate and Land Use Alliance, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, the Sustainable Biomass Partnership, and the US Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. He has supervised research projects with CIFOR, World Bank, Shell Canada, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd., Forest Trends and FAO.
I hold a faculty position at the Natural Resources Institute in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Earth, Envrionment & Resources at the University of Manitoba. This follows five years working in Latin America (Bolivia & Mexico) to support rural community development and eight years on land use planning and enterprise development in northern Canada. I now work with Master of Natural Resource Management students interested in ethnobotany and ethnoecology with a particular focus on the practice of harvesting (gathering, hunting, fishing) within forested landscapes.
Ian first joined the forest sector in 1992, when he was appointed President of Forintek Canada Corp. He subsequently assumed the responsibilities for FERIC and Paprican. In September 2006, he took on the challenge of merging the three national institutes into FPInnovations. As its first President, he also had oversight responsibility for the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre. FPInnovations has a staff complement of approximately 650 and the capacity to address technical issues along the full length of the value chain.
Dr. M. Hosny El-Lakany holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture and M.Sc. in Forestry from Alexandria University, Egypt, a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a D.Sc. honoris causa from Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
Chris Gaston is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Scientist in Markets & Economics at FPInnovations in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has degrees in Forestry Economics (Ph.D.) and Agricultural Economics & Business (B.Sc., M.Sc.) from the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
I lead a team of researchers who work on spatial ecology, resilience and ecosystem services, with an emphasis on developing novel yet rigorous geomatics approaches to understanding pressing environmental problems. My current projects explore a diverse range of ecosystem types, from forests to rivers and grasslands and coral reefs, comparing and contrasting remote sensing and local ecological knowledge (LEK). My current NSERC Discovery Grant research examines longterm dynamics of ecosystem services incorporating historical mapping approaches (such as aerial photography and land surveys).
Jordi Honey-Rosés is an Assistant Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning with an interest in conservation planning and impact evaluation. He serves as a member of the Coordination Committee of the FLARE network (Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) and is the lead of a Working Group on Randomized Controlled Trials in Forest Conservation. His research has examined the impact of payment for environmental services (PES) in protecting forest cover, as well as issues of community forestry, reforestation and illegal logging.
John teaches in the field of international forestry. He is Chair of the Commonwealth Forestry Association (since 2010), Chair of the Standing Committee of the Heads of Forestry Commonwealth Countries, Chair of the Association of University Forestry Schools of Canada, a Board Member of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations and Chair of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Forestry Education of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment at the University of Melbourne, and Honorary Professor at four different Chinese universities.
Rob Kozak is a Professor and Associate Dean, Academic at the UBC Faculty of Forestry and the former Head of the Wood Science Department. His current research and teaching interests, as part of the Forests and Communities in Transition Lab, revolve around sustainable business management practices and issues and providing business-based solutions to complex problems related to sustainable development, forestry, wood products, and the emerging conservation economy. Currently, his work focuses on the wellbeing of forest-dependent communities, international development and poverty alleviation strategies, forest certification, corporate social responsibility, and forest sector sustainability and competitiveness.
My research interests bring together political geography, political ecology, and war studies. I have focused most of my work on the links between natural resources and armed conflicts, but also examined the political economy of war and reconstruction, the resource curse, corruption, as well as natural disasters and political crises. Most of my fieldwork has been conducted in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, but I also have a long-standing interest in Latin America. I tend to use historically grounded fieldwork approaches, occasionally using comparative and large-N quantitative methods.
Charles McNeill recently moved from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to UN Environment. He is presently leading on an Interfaith Rainforest Initiative bringing together religious leaders with Indigenous peoples from around the world to address tropical deforestation. Previously, he was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Environment and Energy Group in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy, where he was responsible for policy coherence, partnerships, strategic initiatives and advocacy related to biodiversity and ecosystems, climate change, sustainable energy and land and water management.
Jeanine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC. She is a landscape ecologist who specializes in landscape approaches to meeting the multiple goals of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service provisioning, and sustainable local livelihoods in human-dominated systems. She and her students combine ecological fieldwork, household surveys, and historical documents with GIS and spatial analysis to understand trajectories and trade-offs through time and future opportunities. She collaborates extensively with social scientists, economists, and local communities, and has worked in many tropical regions, including the Peruvian Amazon, India, and Malawi, as well as across North America.
Sean is an Assistant Professor in Applied Biology & Soil Science and the Junior Chair of Agriculture and the Environment for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research currently focuses on helping farmers adapt to climate change and improve the sustainability of their farming practices. Sean received a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis where he also did his undergraduate studies. He holds a MSc. in Forest Soils from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Terry Sunderland’s career has focused on applied research, biodiversity conservation sustainable resource management and linkages to levering policy influence. He has extensive field experience, having been based in Africa for many years, working for such diverse organisations as the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Smithsonian Institution and the UK’s Department for International Development, among others.
Joleen is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Forestry and the Research Coordinator of ForLives. She has more than 15 years of experience in the domain of forests and rural livelihoods in 8 countries on 3 continents. Her research tends to be community-based, applied and policy-relevant; she focuses on the drivers of change, local capabilities and natural resource solutions at the forest-livelihoods interface. Her research has spanned forests for poverty reduction and human health; Indigenous rights, co-management, and community forestry; and protected areas effectiveness. Joleen has worked professionally with national and provincial governments, ENGOs and civil society, as well as universities and research institutions. She is also an editor of the peer-reviewed open-access journal Madagascar Conservation & Development, and the Managing Director of AFRICAD.
Hisham’s Energy Resources, Development and Environment Lab (ERDELab) uses inter-disciplinary approaches to research problems at the intersection of technology, environment and development. It pursues research with the aim of tackling major issues in this area and developing evidence-based policy recommendations for all stakeholders (e.g. governments at all levels, households, private sector, donors, etc.). Many of Hisham’s students work on projects exploring questions around tradeoffs and decisions that have to be made to balance short and long-term development and environmental goals.