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Academic staff at University of Copenhagen

Carsten Smith-Hall

My name is Carsten Smith-Hall. I am Professor in Forests and People in Developing Countries at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning. I also work as Director of the joint European MSc programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR), Co-ordinator of the global PhD programme in Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO) as well as being active in a number of scholar organisations and reviewer for many international journals related to both natural and social sciences.

I am particularly interested in (i) livelihoods, including household-level impact of climate changes and quantification of livelihood strategies, (ii) micro-level forest-poverty relationships, including commercial utilisation of biodiversity, and (iii) forest and human health issues, including the role of traditional medicine in maintaining and improving human health. Significant experience with analyses of national and household level impacts of nominal and functional forest law, (ii) forest product markets and their influence on forest utilisation and rural livelihoods, (iii) valuation of forest and tree products, (iv) forest-dependency and rural livelihood strategies, and (v) empirical data collection methods in socio-economic surveys in developing countries.

In SUTROFOR, I am course responsible teacher in Applied Socio-economics in Tropical Forestry. I also contribute to other courses through guest teaching and supervise MSc theses.

My e-mail is: cso@ifro.ku.dk
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Helle Overgaard Larsen

Helle Overgaard LarsenMy name is Helle Overgaard Larsen. I am Associate Professor in Forests and Livelihoods in Developing Countries at the University of Copenhagen. I am employed at Forest & Landscape, Faculty of  Science, University of Copenhagen. I teach Research planning where students prepare their own research design from selection of research problem, literature review and choice of methods for data collection and analysis. Students have found it useful for preparing their thesis plan. The course is located in block 1 and is elective for SUTROFOR students.

My research areas are: Forest-people interactions, specifically: forest and livelihoods, forest and health, dynamics of forest dependency. Research is often linked with community forestry.

E-mail: hol@ifro.ku.dk 
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Henrik Meilby

My name is Henrik Meilby and I am associate professor in forest mensuration and modelling. I am employed at Forest & Landscape, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. I teach courses on the economics, management and planning of forests and other natural resources. Within SUFONAMA I teach the module Natural Resource Sampling and Modelling.

My research areas are: resource assessment and monitoring, modelling of forest growth and dynamics, forest management planning and economics.

My e-mail is: heme@ifro.ku.dk
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Iben Nathan

Iben NathanMy name is Iben Nathan. I am senior researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Forest and Landscape. My main area of interest is forests, people, and politics in developing countries and global environmental governance (GEG). Presently, I coordinate a cross-faculty educational programme entitled GEG and a research project on decentralised forest governance in Vietnam and Cambodia. I take part in a research programme on multi-level governance and FLEGT in the same two countries.

I am particularly interested in (i) decentralised forest governance including community based natural resource management, (ii) forest politics, (iii) REDD and FLEGT, (iv) qualitative methods. I have significant field experience with an emphasis on studying local politics and forest governance (household level and different levels of local government). More recently, I have been doing research in new modes of forest governance in Europe.

Of particular relevance to SUTROFOR, I am course responsible teacher in Qualitative Methods in Agricultural Development. I am also course responsible in Global Environmental Governance, a course conducted in collaboration with three other faculties, including Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Political Science), Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Science (Department of Geography and Geology). I also contribute to other courses through guest teaching and supervise BSc and MSc theses and PhD dissertations.

My e-mail is: in@ifro.ku.dk
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Ida Theilade

Ida TheiladeMy name is Ida Theilade. I am Senior Researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning. I am also a member of IUCN Species Survival Committee on threatened trees. Furthermore, I am reviewer for many international journals related to both natural and social sciences.

I am particularly interested in: (i) ethnobotany the relationship between humans and plants. This includes peoples use of plants for foods, medicine, commercial and spiritual purposes as well as how traditional rules and institutions can play a role in conservation and management of natural resources. (ii) the REDD process (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) with focus on how to design projects to benefit not only the climate but also biodiversity and forest dependent people. (iii) conservation and management of genetic resources of threatened tropical hardwoods. (iv) forest and human health issues, including the role of traditional medicine in maintaining and improving human health. (v) empirical data collection methods in socio-economic surveys in developing countries including household-level impact of climate changes and quantification of livelihood strategies.

In SUTROFOR, I am course responsible teacher in Applied Ethnobotany. I also contribute to other courses such as Conservation and Management of Genetic Resources and Tropical Botany and supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students.

My e-mail is: idat@ifro.ku.dk
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Jens Friis Lund

Jens Friis LundMy name is Jens Friis Lund. I am Associate Professor in Forest Governance in Developing Countries at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning.

My present research interests focus on social equity concerns in forest management; conservation impact of popular participation in forest management and; the role of decentralisation of natural resources management in state-citizen relations.

My main countries of field experience are Tanzania, Nepal, Ghana and Mozambique. My research has featured in, among others, the journals World Development, Public Administration and Development, Environmental Conservation, Conservation and Society, Society and Natural Resources, and Journal of Forest Economics.

In SUTROFOR, I am course responsible teacher in Rural Livelihoods and Natural Resources Governance. I also contribute to other courses through guest teaching and supervise MSc theses.

My e-mail is: jens@ifro.ku.dk
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Jette Bredahl Jacobsen

Jette Bredahl JacobsenMy name is Jette Bredahl Jacobsen. I am associate professor in forest and landscape economics at the Forest & Landscape, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

My research areas are: economic valuation, forest economics, economics of nature management, climate change and adaptation.
I teach the course Applied Forest and Natural Resource Economics.

E-mail: jbj@ifro.ku.dk
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Lars Schmidt

Lars Holger SchmidtMy name is Lars Schmidt. I am senior consultant at the Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, I have worked on forestry development projects in both Asia and Africa.

My research interests are: national and regional strategies on conservation of forest genetic resources (SE Asia), seed biology and production, seed handling practices and plant propagation technique, socio-economic analysis (RRA), seed policy and regulations, species trials, agroforestry systems and their applications in small subsistence farming units.

In SUTROFOR I teach the module Agroforestry.

My e-mail is: lsc@ign.ku.dk
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