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The researchers in RFGI have turned many of their working papers into published articles and have written additional articles out of the data they collected. This list includes publications that have been published or are in progress as of January 2018. The list is incomplete and will be updated periodically.

Conservation & Society Special Issue

  • Ece, M., J. Murombedzi, and J. Ribot (eds.) (2017). Disempowering democracy: local representation in community and carbon forestry in Africa. A Special Issue Introduction. Conservation and Society.
  • Instances of Recognition in REDD+ Project Negotiation: Donor-country Dynamics in Central Africa – Gretchen M. Walters and Melis Ece
  • Climbing the Ladder of Participation: Symbolic or Substantive Representation in Preparing Uganda for REDD+? – Robert Mbeche
  • Feigning Democracy: Performing Representation in UN-REDD Funded Nigeria-REDD Programme – Emmanuel Nuesiri           
  • Representation through Privatization: Regionalization of Forest Governance in Tambacounda, Senegal – Melis Ece
  • Differential Recognition: Producing Injustice in Senegal's Charcoal Market – Papa Faye
  • Facipulation and Elite Formation in a Community Resource Management Area in South-Western Ghana – Manali Baruah  
  • Choices Have Consequences: REDD+ and Local Democracy in Kenya – Susan Wangui Chomba          
  • Coerced Conservation on Mount Kilimanjaro: Resources, Rents, Representation and Resistance – Martin H. Kijazi

Books and Book Chapters

  • Nuesiri, E.O and Rutt, R.L. (eds.) (in review) Not by participation alone: responsive representation in forestry and climate change mitigation programmes. Book under review with Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Strengths and limitations of conservation NGOs in meeting local needs - Emmanuel Nuesiri.
  • Political representation: a key to strong participatory processes and responsive forest governance - Emmanuel O. Nuesiri
  • A review of UN-REDD and World Bank FCPF recommended governance principles for member countries - Rebecca Rutt and Emmanuel O. Nuesiri
  • An Appraisal of Village Level Associations for REDD+ Implementation in Buya 1, Bikoro Territory, Democratic Republic of the Congo - Raymond Achu Samndong.
  • Towards a new era of multi-stakeholder cooperation: how collaboration and participation can drive transformative change in effective forest management and climate change mitigation : Experiences from Cameroon, Ghana, Mexico, Indonesia, Peru and Uganda - Gretchen Walters and George Akwah
  • Does REDD+ lead to a more functional centralization in the forestry sector? The comparative case of Brazil and Indonesia - Harald Fuhr, Markus Lederer, Chris Höhne, Fee Stehle and Thomas Hickmann
  • Recognition and the cultivation of sub-national authority from above through REDD+ in Africa - Phil Rene Oyono
  • Rhetoric of representation: carbon forestry presentation versus practice in Uganda - Robert Mbeche
  • Displacement, power, and REDD+ in Tanzania - Emma Jane Lord and Severine Van Bommel           
  • Responsive forest governance under REDD+ in Kenya  - Susan Chomba and Alfred Gichu
  • REDD+ in India: implications for local forest dependent communities - Indu K. Murthy and Vinisha Varghese
  • Is REDD+ changing democratic representation? The case of two indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon - Carol Burga  
  • Evolution of Mexico’s REDD+ readiness process through the lens of legitimacy - Jovanka Špirić          
  • Not by participation alone: getting representation right in forest resources governance - Rebecca Rutt and Emmanuel O. Nuesiri

Doctoral Dissertations

  • Baruah, M. (2017). As You Plant, Will You Reap? Environmentality, Subject-Building, and the Discourses and Practices of Agroforestry for Realizing REDD+ Benefits. PhD thesis: University of South Carolina, Columbia.
  • Chomba, Susan. (2015). Implications of decentralized forest management and REDD+ for rural vulnerability in Kenya. PhD thesis: University of Copenhagen, Denmark. (http://ifro.ku.dk/english/staff/?pure=en%2Fpublications%2Fimplications-of-decentralized-forest-management-and-redd-for-rural-vulnerability-in-kenya%28d2635933-fe85-4c03-987f-5585f81f2e1d%29.html).
  • Cote Muriel, (2014) The struggle for autonomy: Seeing gold and forest like a local government in Northern Burkina Faso, University of Edinburgh.
  • Faye, Papa. (2014). Democratizing forestry: constitutionality and local democracy in two Senegal’s forest interventions. PhD thesis, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern.
  • Kakelengwa Mbilizi Billy, (2016) La gouvernance aux prises avec  les logiques des acteurs de conservation de la nature a la réserve de faune à okapis en territoire de Mambasa, Republique Democratique du Congo, University of Kisangani.
  • Jusrut, Poonam. (2016). The Black Diamond of Tambacounda: Charcoal, Representation and Decentralized Development in the Forests of Eastern Senegal. PhD thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Yamo, Antang. Popriete fonciere et gestion des ressources forestieres du sud-est cameroun a l'epreuve des reformes: etude anthropologique des modes d'organisation et de gestion. Thèse de Doctorat PhD en Anthropologie, Université de Yaoundé 1, Cameroun.

Doctoral Projects in Progress

  • Kagyei, Frank (in progress) Authority and Access along the Charcoal Commodity Chain in Ghana.
  • Karambiri, Mawa (in progress) Local democracy, multilevel governance and challenges in mainstreaming climate change into policy and development program in Burkina Faso, University of Helsinki.
  • Mandondo, Alois (in progress) An examination of the democracy and legitimacy effects of governance regime changes associated with non-state market driven conservation initiatives in Zimbabwe, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
  • Nakangu, Barbara (in progress) Power and subjectivity: the genealogy of persistent conflicts and power-relations associated with PAs in Uganda, Makerere University

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

  • Samndong, R. A., and D. J. Kjosavik. (2017). Gendered forests: exploring gender dimensions in forest governance and REDD+ in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Ecology and Society, 22(4):34. 
  • Agyei, F. K. (2017). The Policy and Practice of the Social Responsibility Agreement in Ghana. International Forestry Review, 19(4), 385-396.
  • Kairu, A., C. Upton, M. Huxham, K. Kotut, R. Mbeche and J. Kairo. (2017). From shiny shoes to muddy reality: understanding how meso-state actors negotiate the implementation gap in participatory forest management. Society & Natural Resources. doi:10.1080/08941920.2017.1382628.
  • Adjei, P.O.W and Agyei, F. K. (forthcoming). Assessment of community representation outcomes of the Modified Taungya System as a decentralized forest governance strategy in Ghana. Journal of Forestry Research (Springer)
  • Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei, Abrefa Kwaku Busia and George Meyiri Bob-Milliar. (2017). Democratic decentralization and disempowerment of traditional authorities under Ghana’s
    local governance and development system: a spatio-temporal review. Journal of Political Power,
    10(3), 303-25.
  • Agyei, F.K. and Adjei, P.O.W. (2017). Representation without accountability: experiences from the Social Responsibility Agreement in Ghana. Forest Policy and Economics, 80, 34-43.
  • Baruah, M. (in review). Facipulation and elite formation in a community resource management area in South-Western Ghana. Development and Change.
  • Baruah, M. (in preparation). Whose land and whose trees? Multiple benefits from carbon forestry amidst tenure insecurity in Ghana's cocoa landscape. Targeted for publication through Journal of Peasant Studies or Environmental Science & Policy.
  • Baruah, M. (in preparation). Good air stewards: Engaging farmers to produce clean air through narratives of environmental crisis and individualizing risk. Targeted for publication through Journal of Peasant Studies, Environmental Science & Policy or Economy and Society.
  • Chomba, S. (2015). The carbon woman: rethinking representation in relation to gender in the implementation of REDD+. Paper presented at the Resource Politics Conference, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University, UK, 7th to 9th September 2015.
  • Chomba, S. (2015). Institutional choices under REDD+ and their implications for democracy in Africa. Draft manuscript presented at the Fifth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) in Victoria Falls, 28th-30th October 2015.
  • Chomba, S. (in review). Is REDD+ undermining local democracy by partnering with bespoke carbon committees and community based organizations? 
  • Chomba, S., Treue, T. & Sinclair, F. (2014). The political economy of forest entitlements: can community based forest management reduce vulnerability at the forest margin? Forest Policy and Economics. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1389934114002214
  • Chomba, S., and Nathan, I. (2015). Illusion of empowerment? Questioning policy and practice of community forestry in Kenya. Ecology and Society .http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol20/iss3/art2/
  • Chomba, S., Kariuki, J., Lund, J.F. and Sinclair, F (2016). Roots of inequity: how the implementation of REDD+ reinforces past injustices. Land Use Policy. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837715002926   
  • Faye, P. (2015). Choice and power: resisting technical domination in Senegal’s decentralized forestry. Forest Policy and Economics, 60, 19-26.
  • Faye, Papa. (2016). Adding Scepticism About ‘Environmentality’: Gender Exclusion Through a Natural Resources Collectivization Initiative in Dionewar, Senegal. In: P. Bose and  H. van Dijk (eds). Dryland Forests: Management and Social Diversity in Africa and Asia. Springer, pp. 95-114.
  • Faye, P., Haller, T. and Ribot, J. (in review). Shaping rules and practice for more justice? Local conventions and local resistance in Eastern Senegal.”
  • Faye, P. and Ribot, J. (in preparation). Cause for adaptation: villager exclusion from forests, markets and representation in Senegal.
  • Kalame F., Somorin O., Osafo Y. and Nuesiri E. (forthcoming), Evolution of REDD+ in Africa. Book Chapter in: Africa in UNFCCC Negotiations. Addis Ababa: UN-ECA.
  • Karambiri M, Kalame F, Faye P, Brockhaus M., Degrande A., Kaninnen M. (in preparation) Struggling for citizenship in decentralized forest management in Burkina Faso. Targeted for publication through Journal of Citizenship Studies.
  • Karambiri M, Kalame F., Brockhaus M., Degrande A., Kaninnen M. (in preparation) Building substantive representation in decentralized forest governance: Policy implications for REDD+ in Burkina Faso. Targeted for publication through Forest Policy and Economics.
  • Mandondo, A. (2015). From prazeiros to the ‘Last Man’: a longer and broader look at the democracy implications of institutional choices arrayed for REDD+ implementation in Mozambique. Paper presented at the Upper Mid-West Workshop, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 9-11 October 2015. Targeted for publication through Journal of Southern African Studies.
  • Mandondo, A. (in preparation) Arraying the institutional disarray caused by REDD+ projects for democracy in Africa’s forests. Targeted for publication through Journal of Peasant Studies.
  • Mandondo, A. (in preparation). Does the transparency envisaged in FPIC translate into improved access and control of forestlands by communities in rural Africa? Targeted for publication through Society and Natural Resources.
  • Marino, E. and J. Ribot. (2012). Special Issue Introduction: adding insult to injury: climate change, social stratification, and the inequities of intervention. Global Environmental Change, 22(2), 323-38.
  • Nuesiri, E.O. (2016). Local government authority and representation in REDD+: a case study from Nigeria. International Forestry Review, 18(3), 306-318.
  • Mbeche R. (forthcoming) Climbing the ladder of participation: symbolic or substantive representation in preparing Uganda for REDD+? Submitted to Conservation and Society
  • Kakelengwa, M.B. (en préparation) Pouvoir de « bas de l’échelle » et marginalité sociale dans le processus de prise de décisions publiques dans la gouvernance de la Reserve de Faune à Okapis en Province de l’Ituri RD Congo.
  • Kakelengwa, M.B. (en préparation) Construction de la responsabilité des acteurs locaux et quête d’une citoyenneté environnementale responsable à la gouvernance de la Reserve de Faune à Okapis Province de l’Ituri RD Congo.
  • Kakelengwa, M.B. (en préparation) Gouvernance de la Reserve de Faune à Okapis en Province de l’Ituri RD Congo :Construction sociale de l’espace public de la conservation et expression populaire de contre-pouvoirs
  • Kakelengwa, M.B. (en préparation) Logiques des acteurs et expression des relations de pouvoirsà l’Ouverture de l’espace public de conservation de la natureà la Reserve de Faune à Okapis en Province de l’Ituri RD Congo.
  • Mbeche R. (in prep). Rhetoric of Representation: Carbon forestry presentation vs. practice in Uganda. Targetting Palgrave Macmillian, Basingstoke.
  • Mustalahti, I. and Rakotonarivo, O.S. (2014). REDD+ and empowered deliberative democracy: learning from Tanzania. World Development 59: 199-211.
  • Nuesiri, E.O. (2014). Decentralized forest management: towards a utopian realism. The Geography Journal, doi: 10.1111/geoj.12104.
  • Nuesiri, E.O. (2015). Monetary and non-monetary benefits from the Bimbia-Bonadikombo community forest Cameroon: policy implications relevant for carbon emissions reducing programmes. Community Development Journal, 50(4), 661-76.
  • Nuesiri E.O. (2015). Representation in REDD+? Arborvitae 46(11), 11-12.
  • Nuesiri, E.O. (2015). Decentralised forest management as utopia: A response to Asiyanbi. The Geography Journal (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geoj.12150/abstract).
  • Nuesiri, E.O. (in review). Local government authority and representation in REDD+: a case study from Nigeria. International Forestry Review.
  • Nuesiri, E.O. (in review). Political representation of local people in climate change governance: the case of the UN-REDD funded Nigeria-REDD Programme, Review of African Political Economy.
  • Ojha, H. R. and Ribot, J. (In Progress). Overcoming institutional ambiguity in democratic decentralization.
  • Pollini, J. (2012). Understanding agricultural intensification on a forest frontier in Madagascar: elements for a Malthusian/Boserupian synthesis. In: Sumberg, J. and J. Thompson, (eds.). Contested Agronomy: The Politics of Agricultural Research in a Changing World. Earthscan: Oxford.
  • Pollini, J. (2013). Bruno Latour and the ontological dissolution of nature in the social sciences: a critical review. Environmental Values, 22, 25-42.
  • Pollini, J. (2014). Slash-and-burn agriculture. In: Thompson, P. B. and D. M. Kaplan (eds). Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. Springer: New York.
  • Pollini, J. (2014). Construction of nature. In: Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Liu, W., Kobayashi, A. and Richard Marston (eds.).International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley-AAG.
  • Pollini, J., Hockley, N., Muttenzer, F. and B. Ramamonjisoa.(2014). The transfer of natural resources management rights to local communities through GELOSE and GCF contracts. In: Ferguson, B. and Y. Scales, (eds.).Conservation and Environmental Management in Madagascar. Earthscan: Oxford.
  • Pollini, J. (in preparation). REDD+ in real: the impacts of REDD+ and proto-REDD+ projects on rural landscapes in DR-CONGO and Cameroon. Targeted for publication through Journal Of Peasant Studies.
  • Pollini, J. (in preparation) Poverty traps in Kibale National Park, Western Uganda: The contrasting findings of empirical sciences and quick ethnographies. Targeted for publication through Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Pollini, J. and Namara, A. (in preparation) Payments for ecosystem services in the Hoima District, Western Uganda: trade, tricks or traps? Targeted for publication through Global Environmental Change.
  • Ribot, J. (2013). Representation, citizenship and the public domain: choice andrecognition in democratic decentralization. In J. Öjendal and A. Dellnäs (eds.) The Imperative of Good Local Governance: Challenges for the Next Decade of Decentralization. Tokyo: UNU Press, pp. 93-120.
  • Ribot, J. and A.M. Larson. (2012). Reducing REDD risks: affirmative policy on an uneven playing field. International Journal of the Commons, 6(2), 233-64. 
  • Samndong, R.A. (2015). Institutional choice and fragmented citizenship in forestry and development interventions in Bikoro Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Forum for Development Studies, doi: 10.1080/08039410.2015.1115426.
  • Scheba, A. and Mustalahti, I. (2015). Rethinking 'expert' knowledge in community forestry management. Forest Policy and Economics.
  • Wisner, B., Pelling, M., Mascarenhas, A., Holloway, A., Ndong, B., Faye, P., Ribot, J. and Simon. D. (2015). Small cities in Africa: the challenge and opportunities of climate change. In: S. Pauleit, et al. (eds). Urban Vulnerability and Climate Change in Africa: a Multidisciplinary Approach. Springer: Future City Series, Vol. 4.

Reports, Briefs, Blogs & Films

Note: RFGI working papers number 34 and 35, RFGI Handbook I and RFGI Handbook II, also fit into this category of ‘report’ or ‘brief’. Working Paper 34 has an RFGI policy brief in its Annex E.

  • Agrawal, A. and J. Ribot. (2012). Assessing the effectiveness of democratic accountability mechanisms in local governance. USAID Report, Washington D.C.
  • Davies J., Herrera P., Ruiz-Mirazo J., Mohamed-Katerere J., Hannam I. and Nuesiri E. (forthcoming). Improving governance of pastoral lands: implementing the voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security. FAO: Rome.
  • Nuesiri E.O. (2014). Secure tenure must be the foundation of adaptation in East and Southern Africa, IUCN TECS CSA Policy Brief 4.
  • Pollini, J. (2014). Shifting Cultivation, Gender and REDD+ in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. USAID supported Forest Carbon Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program. Washington, DC, USA.
  • Pollini, J. (2014). De toute façon ils vont s’en aller! (Anyway they will go !). Unpublished theatre play dealing with REDD+ projects in Africa.
  • Pollini, J., Katsongo, K., Bassa Dheu, W., Aalarud, E. and J. Nlandu. (Forthcoming). La prise en compte de la dimension genre dans la REDD+ en RDC. United Nations Development Program: Kinshasa.
  • Pollini, J, Bassa Dheu, W., and E. Aalarud. (Forthcoming). La prise en compte de la dimension genre dans la REDD+ en RDC : Etude de cas No 1: Les interventions d’ONG dans le territoire de Bikoro, Province de l’Equateur. United Nations Development Program: Kinshasa.
  • Pollini, J, Katsongo, K., and J. Nlandu. (Forthcoming). La prise en compte de la dimension genre dans la REDD+ en RDC : Etude de cas No 2: Les projets REDD+ de SAFBOIS/JADORA et MECNT/OCEAN dans le District de la Tshopo, Province Orientale. United Nations Development Program: Kinshasa.
  • Ribot, J. 2016. RFGI Policy Brief: Guidance on Democratizing Natural Resource Management for Environmental Policy Makers, Donors and Practitioners. Mimeo.
  • Senghor, Fatou Kande. (in progress) Carbonized: Structural Violence in Africa’s Forests. A documentary film based on the findings of the RFGI program.
  • Walters, G. 2015. Failed conservation projects or improved outcomes? Blog on website of International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
  • Nuesiri, E. O. 2017 Interrogating the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) Concept: How Should FPIC Be Evaluated and Strengthened?, Report Commissioned by Milieudefensie Friends of the Earth, Amsterdam: Netherlands

Related Working Papers on this Topic:

Market Access & Institutional Choice Working Papers
World Resources Institute (WRI) Working Paper Series
Working Paper Series Editor: Jesse Ribot

This working paper series focuses on the effects of democratic decentralization on natural resource management and on the issues that emerge in the implementation of democratic decentralization in natural resource sectors. It presents the research from case studies on these topics. The full biobliographical listing of the papers is provided here.


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