Forest and Society

Introduction to: Vol. 1 Issue 2, November 2017

We are delighted to welcome you to our second issue. We have a great list of publications available on a variety of approaches, topics, and geographic regions of Southeast Asia. Our inaugural issue was a great success and we thank everyone for all the comments, feedback, and interest in what we are trying to do with the journal of Forest and Society. Please keep the comments coming and the conversations going!

We are also on facebook and twitter. We have been posting on some of the key issues taking place in the region and trying to gather more in depth research on these timely topics. Please also take the time to post and get involved. We envision this effort as a Southeast Asia network and we are eager to discuss new ways for convening forums. In keeping with our commitment to build capacity, we also held a writing workshop in Makassar, South Sulawesi to both share the skills and confidence to submit research. We surveyed participants to also learn about the barriers to getting more visibility to the great research taking place across the region. We are clearly seeing the links that research shapes understanding of an issue, and in turn, influences policy much more than we might imagine. As such, we wish to play our part to connect forums that inform.

In this second issue, We have selected seven papers that range in geographic scope, scale, topics, ecosystems, and methodologies. The topics include conflict, social forestry policy, livelihoods, crop booms, agroforestry systems, food security, stateless populations, and other various cross-cutting themes. Some of the papers take a more qualitative approach through rich historical analysis and contemporary examinations of social factors and policy, while others develop quantitative systems models to generate findings. As you will also find in these papers, the analytical framings range from policy inquiry, while others explore the rich details and dynamics at a community level. These differences in geographic and governing scale speak to our explicit intention to showcase land, forest, and society aspects in reflexive and nuanced ways. We can clearly see that the global forces at play translate reflexively, continually reshaping processes underway in Southeast Asia, while also providing a window into the very real dynamics playing out in people’s lives. A complete list of contents for the second edition, click here               



Editor events: Index in DOAJ


Dear readers and followers -

We are delighted to inform you that in just a short time -- after a year of quality publications -- we have been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

We look forward to keeping up the momentum, which all depends on readership, partnerships, and submissions from you!

Yours, in continuing to promote quality research on land, environment, forest, and society dynamics across Southeast Asia.

The Editorial Team

Posted: 2018-02-19

Call for paper: Seeking Submissions


We are looking to increase submissions for the Forest and Society, an interdisciplinary journal with a geographic focus on Southeast Asia.

We have now completed Volume 1, which includes 2 issues, consisting of 13 articles that cover various topics and approaches, at different scales. All articles are open access and can be downloaded here. We are eager to expand our network and are open to new initiatives and collaborations that increase accessibility and exposure on land, forest, and society issues across Southeast Asia.

We are also currently compiling special issues on agrarian transformations in Thailand and forest politics in Indonesia.

All papers are overseen by our diverse editorial team and we work to connect submissions for blind review among subject matter and country-specific experts.

We are always accepting papers and we hope you help us to build new connections to expand opportunities to publish timely research throughout Southeast Asia. Please help us spread the word and do not hesitate to contact us, and check us out on facebook and twitter.

Posted: 2017-12-28

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

Moira Moeliono, Pham Thu Thuy, Indah Waty Bong, Grace Yee Wong, Maria Brockhaus
Bobby Anderson, Patamawadee Jongruck
Sitti Nuraeni
Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, Kanchana Wiset, Rawee Thaworn, Seth Kane, David Gritten
Messalina Lovenia Salampessy, Indra Gumay Febryano, Dini Zulfiani
Sukanlaya Choenkwan
Dewi Nur Asih, Stephan Klasen
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