Beyond Gender: Understanding Equity in Forest Governance through Intersectionality Perspective

This project aims to investigate the gender equity aspects in forest governance and understand the different factors influencing women’s participation through an intersectionality lens. The goal is to provide a more nuanced analysis of women’s inclusion or exclusion in forest governance through an understanding of how gender intersects with other social identities (beyond gender).

This study is particularly interested in Kalibiru Community Forest under Social Forestry (SF) scheme, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, because it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations since 2015 and a recent research reported an increase in the incomes of local community as a positive implication of the project.

The research will investigate if the benefits are also received by vulnerable groups in the community including women and explore the social factors potentially influencing women's participation.

This Master of Environment project is being undertaken by Randi Miranda in 2017-2018

Livelihood pathways through community-scale renewable energy in West Java, Indonesia

This research identifies the characteristics of organisational leadership for sustainable development at the community level in Indonesia. It investigates how local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engage with and mobilise communities, and what issues arise as a result of different leadership modalities interacting with larger governance systems and processes.

This research was completed by Widia Lestari in June 2017, and her thesis is available from The University of Melbourne on request via here

Synergies and conflicts between social forestry and REDD+ in Indonesia; and possible political implications for forest-dependent communities

The objective of this research is to understand and identify the synergies and conflicts between social forestry and REDD+ in Indonesia. Amélie also wants to explore the complex power network of forest governance in Indonesia and assess political implications for involved forest-dependent communities.


Research by Amélie Uhrig as part of her Master in Environmental Sciences exchange research project between the University of Melbourne and University of Freiburg, Germany.

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