People of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group

Chair and professors

PhDs and other affiliated researchers

Tabitha Mugo, PhD researcher
Tabitha Mugo, PhD researcher
Trong Hoan Do, PhD researcher, Vietnam
Trong Hoan Do, PhD researcher, Vietnam

Lucas de Carvalho Gomes, PhD researcher, Brazil
Lucas de Carvalho Gomes, PhD researcher, Brazil

Visiting professors


Dr. Bianca Ambrose-Oji (United Kingdom)

Dr. Ambrose-Oji works as a senior social scientist at Forest Research, where she has been actively researching UK and European forestry and nature conservation issues since 2008 primarily: environmental governance and policy, (wood)land manager decision making, community woodlands, public attitudes and engagement with nature, and impact evaluation. She uses mixed methods to apply a constructivist/ political ecology interpretation in her work. She has worked significant periods of time in Africa and Asia on issues related to forest-based livelihoods and community-based management of natural resources.
Link to Research Gate

Dr. I. (Ingrid) Visseren-Hamakers (USA)

Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers is an associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia


Dr. P.V.D.J. (Patrick) Verkooijen (The Netherlands / USA)

From 1 September 2018, Professor Verkooijen will be the CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation – the newly established international governmental organisation, launched by the Netherlands with headquarters in Rotterdam and Groningen. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Special Representative for Climate Change of the World Bank, supporting the transition towards low-carbon, resilient economies across the globe. Besides his academic affiliation at FNP, Dr. Verkooijen also serves as the Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development Diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. Email


Dr. Verkooijen received his doctorate degree from Wageningen University, in close collaboration with The Fletcher School, and as such, authored the first theoretical underpinning in the field of Sustainable Development Diplomacy. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, holds a Master’s degree in social and political philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and an Engineering degree in environmental science from Utrecht



Dr. Margaret Skutsch (Mexico)

Margaret Skutsch currently holds the position of Investigadora Titular C at the Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental (CIGA) of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), at its Morelia campus. Her research covers:
· Community forestry in relation to climate change policy, particularly the potential under REDD+
· MRV for degradation and the 3 ´plus´ elements of REDD+
· Benefit sharing in REDD+ and PES: carbon removals versus reduced emissions
· How communities are framed in forestry policy discourses.
The Geography of REDD+

Dr. Martin Skrydstrup (Sweden)