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.
Our research themes fall into four categories:
Power can influence forest and nature policy both explicitly and implicitly. When for example deforestation becomes part of trade negotiations, the political power of international actors may decide on whether trees are left standing or weather wild animals need to make place for livestock. Power also works more implicitly, through the dominant values that are ascribed to natural processes, or the socio-ecological connections that exists between people and their land. Knowledge production and use plays a privileged role in such implicit power relations. The calculations of the economist perhaps differ as much from the categorisations of nature that a biologist uses as that the understanding of a landscape from a Western worldview does from an Indigenous cosmology. The theme questions how such intricate forms of power and knowledge affect and perform policymaking.