Call for abstracts: 5th Annual FLARE Network Meeting

The FLARE Secretariat is excited to host the 5th annual FLARE meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan (August 23-25, 2019). Join us for a few warm summer days, to collectively reflect on the ways in which FLARE has revealed and produced new knowledge about forests and livelihoods. We welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working in the forest and livelihoods field from our own North American backyard as well as from our colleagues around the globe.


  • 5 Years of FLARE: Themes, Change, and Lessons Learned
  • Acknowledging Failure: Learning From Perverse Outcomes and Unintended Feedbacks
  • Beyond the Household: Measuring the Impacts of Forest Change on Communities, Economies, and Ecologies
  • Environmental Ethics, Equity, Justice, and Activism
  • Forests and Livelihoods as Complex Socio-ecological Ecosystems
  • Forests & Livelihoods in the Context of Rural-Urban Transformations
  • Forests and the SDGs
  • Forest Policy Mixes: Trade-Offs and Synergies Between Forest Management Institutions
  • Formality and Informality in Forest-related Livelihoods
  • Gender, Forests, and Livelihoods
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Forest Policies and Interventions
  • Political Instability and Change
  • Sharing Successes in Forest and Livelihood Research and Practice
Abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, organized sessions, posters, and workshops welcome. Access theme descriptions, abstract guidelines, and the abstract/financial assistance request submission portal here:

May 1: Abstracts and financial assistance requests due
May 14: Decision Notifications

We also propose an opportunity to review and reflect more systematically on the FLARE annual meetings through a plenary roundtable discussion. Interested participants are invited to review past FLARE abstracts for papers presented at the first four FLARE meetings and submit a 2,500-3000 word essay. FLARE will invite up to three authors to present at FLARE with waived registration and a complementary conference dinner ticket. Access full special call details, all abstracts, and the submission portal on the meeting website.

May 15: Reviews due
May 31: Decision Notifications

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