Research of FNP (page under construction)



The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy group’s framework for research is called the practice based approach. This framework for research is based on the idea that the interactions between people, forests and nature can best be understood as context specific practices. Research of  FNP takes place in different locations all over the world and at different levels that range from the local to the global.

FNP's Research Themes

Our research themes form an operationalization of the FNP practice‐based approach. At the same time, these themes connect to established approaches in environmental sociology, policy studies, economics, political ecology, and social studies of science and technology. Each theme is linked to concrete research projects which you can find on this page.

Research Themes

Knowledge, professionals, and expertise

This research theme focuses on the dynamics of knowledge production for forest and nature conservation, management and governance. It conceptualizes knowledge production in itself as a social practice and asks how knowledge is co‐produced by humans and nature, how it performs in practice, and with what implications.
Current research focuses on:

  1. the tensions between participation and scientific and professional expertise in the context of the rise of participatory and decentralized forms of governance on the one hand and managerial and evidence based forms of governance on the other.;
  2. the role of science‐based discourses in environmental governance and the power/knowledge dynamics that operate in these;
  3. the tensions between participation and scientific and professional expertise in the context of the rise of participatory and decentralized forms of governance on the one hand and managerial and evidence based forms of governance on the other.

Current Related Projects

ALTEFOR
ALTEFOR
Decision Making and Uncertaintly
Decision Making and Uncertaintly
Responsive curriculum development
Responsive curriculum development

Science and Policy interface in nature conservation
Science and Policy interface in nature conservation

Third party auditing and information
Third party auditing and information

Participation, private actors and public engagement

This research theme focuses on the role of private actors, including market parties, citizens, communities and civil society in practices of governance, management and conservation.
Current research focuses on:

  1. innovative multi‐actor institutional arrangements (e.g. community based natural resource management, partnerships, or payment for ecosystem services) and their contribution to sustainability and legitimacy.
  2. practices of engagement through which private actors and citizens express their identity and connection with their environment;
  3. innovative multi‐actor institutional arrangements (e.g. community based natural resource management, partnerships, or payment for ecosystem services) and their contribution to sustainability and legitimacy.

Current Related Research

Nature in Cities: A European Exploration
Nature in Cities: A European Exploration

Regional partnerships in Dutch nature and rural policy
Regional partnerships in Dutch nature and rural policy

The global‐local nexus

This research theme focuses on the interconnectedness of different national, global and local levels of governance. It draws attention to how these levels are not fixed but form a dynamic network of interconnected practices. Research focuses on:

  1. the role of specific actors, networks, institutions and technologies that connect different levels of governance and make governance at a distance possible.
  2. how international and national institutions, rules, standards and policies appear and acquire meaning in local practices of forest and nature conservation management;
  3. the role of specific actors, networks, institutions and technologies that connect different levels of governance and make governance at a distance possible.

Current related Projects

Evaluating the impacts of investments in agroforestry operations
Evaluating the impacts of investments in agroforestry operations

Moving Beyond Traditional State Diplomacy
Moving Beyond Traditional State Diplomacy

Measuring REDD+ Impacts
Measuring REDD+ Impacts

The REDD@WUR Network
The REDD@WUR Network