The effectiveness of sustainable land use governance can be undermined if local affected people perceive land-use policies as not reflecting social objectives, or as ‘unjust.’ To transform externally-conceived sustainability principles from the international level into on-the-ground practice, involves the interplay of various organizations and peoples from the government, civil society, and the private sector.
I'm a Research Fellow in Social and Environmental Sustainability at Monash University Malaysia. My research focuses on tropical forests, climate change, and livelihood interactions in the Global South. I'm particularly interested in how market-based instruments and various state and non-state actors (e.g., NGOs, MNCs, World Bank, UN) affect rural land-use and land cover change, how any conservation and development policies affect forests and the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, especially those under-represented social groups such as women, indigenous people and landless people. Feel free to reach out.