Introducing students to the ‘Earthscan Reader on Gender and Forestry’

Indonesia’s future leaders in forestry and gender studies will have the chance to make the connections between their disciplines today at the Bogor headquarters of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Reaching out to the next generation of gender and forestry scholars, policymakers, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, CIFOR will introduce the Earthscan Reader on Gender and Forests to members of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) from Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB).

Read the book here.

Launched earlier this year on the sidelines of 125th Anniversary Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the reader is an accessible collection of theory, analysis, methodology, case studies and more, spanning 30 years of scholarship. It was edited by Carol J. Pierce Colfer and Bimbika Sijapati Basnett of CIFOR, Marlène Elias, gender specialist at Bioversity International, and Susan Stevens Hummel from the Forest Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Building on the positive reception at IUFRO, today’s event and discussion will introduce Indonesian students to the book, which covers the intersections between gender, forestry and natural resource management across disciplines, geographies and historical periods.

Dian Ekowati, a CIFOR senior research officer and a host of the event, notes that the majority of students attending come from a forestry background without a strong gender focus, so should find the reader particularly interesting and thought-provoking.

“We hope that the discussion will further the students’ aspirations, or inspire them to learn about and integrate gender when looking at forest management during their study, research, fieldwork, and interaction with communities, and for their future work — especially, but not only, for those working in forestry,” she says.

Moderated by Mia Siscawati, a senior lecturer in gender studies at UI, the discussion will feature noted academics discussing the need to consider and mainstream gender into forestry and natural resource management in Indonesia, and the role the reader can play as an important resource for scholars and students.


For more information on this topic, please contact Dian Ekowati at

This research forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.

This research was supported by UK aid from the UK government.


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