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Team Member Cordaid Project; Bio-fuel plantation boom in papua, indonesia: safeguarding indigenous communities' tenure rights and access to natural resources through economically, environmentally and socially responsible development
Assisting the production of REDD global architecture book due in COP14; * Potentially leading a comparative study on REDD pilot projects in Indonesia
The role of forests in climate change adaptation and mitigation, policy framework for the management of tropical forests
Team member of FAO/SNV/ICRAF/CIFOR NTFP project, analysing the baselines information of Irvingia and Prunus africana in Cameroon and Honey, Gnetum and Safou in DRC for farmer enterprises development in Central Africa with intervention in LAMIL Guinea project, ect
Influence of age, gender and tenure on equity and benefit sharing in management of forest resources
Landscape Mosaics : Co-site Leader in Laos. Coordinator Biodiersity Monitoring in Laos. International expert Improvement of the sustainable management and utilization of non timber forest products in Cambodia (ITTO for CIRAD). Team Coordinator MLA Activities (papua, India)
Currently, her main research topic is understanding the effectiveness, efficiency, equity and co-benefits of pilot REDD+ initiatives in the Amazon
Global Comparative Studies REDD+ Policy Network Analysis, local existing knowledge of changing climate
Territorialisation processes linked to natural resource conservation, exploitation and management; links between ecosystem resilience and vulnerability of people whose livelihoods are relying on forest
Forestry, agroforestry, agriculture, land-use change, climate change, environmental services, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD)
Development, natural resource management and health economics
Interdisciplinary: a combination of the ecological and silvicultural aspects of tropical forestry with social, economic and cultural aspects. Forest management practices of smallholders in different forest types ranging from timber tree plantations to shifting cultivation systems. Social interactions and access to resources of the local people as well as factors influencing land use decision making.
Climate change adaptation and mitigation, tropical forest ecology, silviculture, forest management
Coordinating Dry Forest Project Activities in Ethiopia
Team Member of Cordaid Project on "The Expansion of Plantations in Papua, Indonesia: Safeguarding Indigenous Communities' Tenure/Resource Rights and Building Capacity for Responsible evelopment". Specific role: policy framework analysis
Assessing the hydrological processes in a catchment scale; Spatial modeling of the water balance components
Larson is particularly interested in how legitimate, accountable and equitable governance institutions and authorities emerge on multiple scales, and the interrelationships of diverse state and non-state institutions, including traditional or customary institutions. She is also interested in the construction of and demand for resource rights, how communities face and respond to competing demands for resources, and the role of grassroots mobilisation and organisations in these processes.
Team member of ACIAR Teak Project Improving Economic Outcomes for smallholders Growing teak in Agroforestry System in Indonesia
Forest policy, corruption, reduction in emissions from deforestation and degradation, spatial planningTeam member: Global comparative study on REDD+ for Component 1Team member: Norway project International Cooperation for Helping Countries Facing an Illegal Logging Crisis (Integrated Law Enforcement Approach Project)
(a) improve understanding of the domestic timber market in tropical countries(b) draw lessons from policy approaches to domestic timber and non-timber sectors for regulating them better and integrating them into the formal economy(c) analyse forest management practices associated to different forest uses(d) generate knowledge about livelihood options created by the domestic and informal sectors, and assess the trade-offs that better regulated sectors could potentially engender on livelihood security and sustainability
My interest still focusses on ways in which the public, including local communities can participate in policy making in the field of resource use and management. This has led to interest in issues of rights, more specifically tenurial rights and the role of culture/traditions in determining rights
Climate change, carbon cycling and land use change
Socio-economic and policy aspects of community forestry, particularly the advantages of small-scale forestry plantations and traditional agroforestry management compared to other investment alternatives, such as small-scale oil palm plantations. Exploring opportunities to produce carbon offset schemes and environmental services markets from smallholder planted forests.
Climate Change, Nitrogen cycling, Biogeochemistry
Human dimensions of global environmental change, Trajectories of landscape and economic change, Trends and impacts of global trade and investment, Multi-scale and multi-actor forest governance
Climate change, forests, national implementation of international non-binding commitments, corruption
Human rights and the sociological and political aspects of conservation, climate change, payment for environmental services, reduction in emissions from deforestation and degradation, poverty reduction and sustainable development
Economic botany of tropical timber and the connections between logging, smallholder forest management, and global markets
The role of institutions at multiple levels in shaping natural resource governance, especially the local governance of natural resources; the effects of poverty and inequality on collective action; and the role of institutional design in mediating and moderating the effects of inequality in its various flavors. In addition, Ashwin is interested in climate policy, energy, adaptation, and social entrepreneurship.
Spatial analysis on Water Balance Components, Satellite based rainfall estimation
Response of tropical biomes to climate change, the role of biodiversity in climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation, co-benefits of REDD+ as a tool for conservation and sustaining rural livelihoods.
Currently, her main research focus is on understanding the effectiveness of using certification as a tool to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The dynamics of customary rights and access regimes, political economy and ecology of investment-led rural modernization, alternative agricultural business models, land use change dynamics linked to global commodity markets, and transnational governance architectures.