Louise comes from Copenhagen in Denmark where she just recently finished her Master’s degree in agricultural development with primary focus on forest management and participatory approaches to natural resource governance. She spent six months in Arabuko-Sokoke forest in Coastal Kenya, collaborating with local NGOs and local authorities on an investigation of impacts from Participatory Forest Management in the area. Louise has been working for various environmental NGOs as well as doing municipal work with community involvement in urban planning.
Louise has a background in interdisciplinary research which she considers essential to to understand and solve the crosscutting challenges characterizing natural resource governance. She was determined to do her PhD through COUPLED because the program offers an enabling research environment to collectively find ways to meet these challenges. COUPLED corresponds directly to Louise’s aspiration to participate in a research project that considers the interconnected nature of sustainability while contributing to strengthening collaboration and bridge building between the scientific environment and private and public organisations.
Louise’s PhD will focus on forestry projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) with an investigation of environmental impacts, social outcomes, and discursive and financial flows that influence project development. She will do so from an integrated approach, using qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate and analyse land use and land-use changes, do estimations of income/knowledge/capital related to the forest, and identify the links between policy decisions and project outcome.
Again, a warm welcome to you, Louise! We are looking forward to a successful cooperation in the upcoming years.
You can find more information about Louise’s research project here.