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Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies Professor
Ph.D.(Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands)


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I lived and worked in Indonesia from 1992 until 2004, and moved to CIFOR in 1995, where I have been a Scientist and Senior Scientist. Before that I was a post-doc at the New York Botanical Garden researching local forest management in West Kalimantan. Originally I am from the Netherlands where I studied tropical forestry at Wageningen Agricultural University. I had completed undergraduate studies and Ph.D. research in Peru, where I had moved in 1982. In 1988 I began a four-year stay in New York as an International Fellow at the Botanical Garden’s Institute of Economic Botany. After having lived and worked in Indonesia for 12 years, I then moved to Japan in 2004, first to the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka and from 2006 to the Imperial City of Kyoto. Now I am a full tenured professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian and Integrated Area Studies. My research has focused on Bolivia, Peru, Indonesia, China, India, Vietnam and Japan, but I also have been part of several multi-country comparative studies. In recent years, my work has focused on forest policies and governance, illegal logging, smallholder and community forestry, forest transition and forest restoration. For five years now I also began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at various universities in Asia.