People of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group

Chair and professors

Visiting researchers


Prof. dr. Hens Runhaar (The Netherlands)

Prof. dr. Hens Runhaar (1971) is Associate Professor of Governance of Nature and Biodiversity and visiting reseacher t the FNP Group. From 2015-2020, he ws a Special Professor of Governance of Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes at FNP. Hens studies interventions by governments, companies and NGOs to protect or enhance nature and biodiversity, with a special interest in agriculture. Ares of interest include nature conservation policy, voluntary conservation by farmers and agri-food companies, novel approaches such as system innovations for 'nature-inclusive' agriculture and nature-based solutions for urban greening. See here for a more detailed profile.

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. Jinlong Liu (China)

Among his current postings, Dr. Jinlong Liu is Professor, Department Chair at the School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, and the Director for the Centre for Forest, Environmental and Resources Policy Study of the Renming University of China. He obtained his PhD in Rural Development Sociology from Wageningen University and Research. In the past 10 years, he has published extensively and provided consultancy services to - amongst others, the World Bank and Asia Development Bank - for development projects in China, Thailand, DPRK and Myanmar. He has also provided policy advice to the EU and the Chinese government. He is currently the coordinator of a working group of the IUFRO Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge in Tropical and Subtropical Region, a  member of the IUFRO Task Force on Forests for People, advisor in the National Community Development Advisory Group of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, PRC, advisor for the National Strategy and Roadmap of REDD+ in  DPRK, and a member of the National Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, Ministry of Agriculture, PRC.


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 Twitter@FR_SERG