Forest and Society

Introduction to: Vol 2. Issue 1, April 2018

We are delighted to welcome you to our second volume, issue 1. We have seven regular research articles listed in publications available on a variety of approaches, topics, scales and methodologies.  The topics include conflict transformation in Thai, Labor movements in Thai, Mandatory state governance claiming back its authority in timber certification case in Indonesia, Power game in REDD to REDD+ in India, Geopolitics in borderlands in Thai, Landslide susceptibility for hazard mitigation in Indonesia, and A synthesis of REDD+ that comparing Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  For complete list of contents for the issue, click here               



Call for paper: Special Section @ The economies, ecologies and politics of social forestry in Indonesia: Current issues and emerging trends


After decades of advocacy for a greater role of local communities in the management of natural resources, social forestry has become a central policy commitment of the Indonesian government. At the national level, President Joko Widodo’s administration has committed to expanding social forestry areas to 12.7 million hectares to local community management by 2019. Such policy commitments emerged in response to the growing pressure from land conflicts, and a long struggle by advocacy groups to support recognition of rights and agrarian reform. These regulatory changes also represent major policy breakthroughs for more progressive governance strategies in support of social justice, equitable development practices, and better natural resource management. However, studies on the implementation of social forestry policy in the past remain inconclusive. Furthermore, the policy application is proceeding rapidly faster than the evaluative opportunity that research can provide.

The numerous social forestry permits being signed across Indonesia provide a timely area of inquiry. Evidence-based studies are still lacking on the processes and effects of the current policy imperative. Can social forestry achieve its promise of alleviating poverty, empowering communities and improving forest governance? And if so, in what ways? Additionally, few studies are available on the role of social forestry in responding to the broader and more contemporary issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, forest landscape and peatland restoration, global demands for sustainable value chains, timber legality, green economy, and upcoming initiatives on ASEAN economic integration. 

Forest and Society is therefore initiating the first of its series on emerging trends of social forestry across Southeast Asia by examining dynamics taking place in Indonesia. The primary aim is to take stock of evidence on the rapid implementation of social forestry permits across Indonesia and to promote knowledge on the realities, achievements, challenges and pathways to sustainable strategies for the future. We invite authors from academics, researchers, students, concerned citizens, policy makers and forestry practitioners to contribute original research, on a range of methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed), to improve our collective understanding of social forestry in Indonesia. We invite paper submissions on politics, ecology, economy and culture. We also welcome research approaches at various scales, including review articles that take on a macro perspective or rich contextual studies of site-specific experiences, as well as comparative approaches across sites.

Submission Guidelines 

Tentative publication schedule:

  • Submission     : May 2018 – August 2018
  • Peer Review    : Since submitted until October 2018
  • Publishing       : November 2018

For further information, read the full instruction for authors as well as the template: here, or submit your paper via the journal’s online submission site: here 

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Posted: 2018-05-12

Call for paper: Special Section @ Agrarian transformation in Thailand - commodities, landscapes, and livelihoods


Over the last two decades, there have been extensive discussions about the priorities and processes of agrarian and rural transformation in Thailand. The production and value systems surrounding agricultural transformation involves the overall restructuring of a subsistence-oriented economy to a market-oriented one. Agricultural households are increasingly prioritizing and becoming more dependent on intensive and specialized production of cash crops. Rural livelihoods are also relying more on off-farm income generated by local urban centers or remittances sent back from migrant workers. Although outmigration and the remittance economy has supported rural households, there are also other consequences, most evident in the scarcity and changing labor practices in agricultural sectors. This transformation is affecting rural society in perplexing ways, such as the decline in poverty rates, the increasing levels of economic differentiation, improving access to education, and the perceived withering of community solidarity. These trends of agrarian transformation reflexively interact with broader developments in Thai society, related to an increasing population, processes of urbanization, public policy interventions, natural resources limitations, and changing societal values.

      Complete description can be found here

Posted: 2017-07-29 More...
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Table of Contents

Regular Research Articles

Seth Kane, Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, Lok Mani Sapkota, David Gritten
Uraiwan Tongkaemkaew, Bénédicte Chambon
Agung Wibowo, Lukas Giessen
Swati Negi, Lukas Giessen
Phianphachong Intarat
Andang Suryana Soma, Tetsuya Kubota
Divine Odame Appiah, Stephanie Esinu Adjoa Gbeddy