Forest Governance Scholarship for PhD // 15 July 2023The Chair of Tropical and International Forestry grants a "Forest Governance Scholarship for PhD" dedicated to research on "Forest Farmers’ Organizations in timber value chains: Financial performance, power, and governance". The funding period of the scholarship is 36 months, starting ideally in October 2023. The candidate will be associated with the Velux Stiftung-funded project "EmPOWERing forest farmers’ organizations for driving landscape restoration through timber value chains in the tropics (emPOWER)", with envisaged research options at partner universities in Vietnam and Tanzania. Project background: The emPOWER project aims at the empowerment of forest farmers’ organizations (FFOs) as actors within timber value chains and wider value networks in Vietnam and Tanzania. This comprises various work packages at the farm forestry, forest farmers’ organization, and value chain levels to analyze the trade-offs in the study landscapes. It includes power analyses among value chain actors and their networks. The candidate will ideally focus on forest farmers’ organizations as the unit of analysis. This could analyze the organizational decision-making, financial profitability and financing mechanisms of selected FFOs, with the view to determine practical potentials for their improvement in the governance of timber value chains. The PhD candidate will need to travel for fieldwork, publish peer-reviewed articles, and employ knowledge transfer methods. The detailed research will consider the candidate’s background and interest, and guidance of the supervisors Prof. Dr. Lukas Giessen and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pretzsch, and the postdoctoral researcher/coordinator Kendisha Hintz. Beside publications, research results may be transferred to the MSc program "Tropical Forestry", envisaged knowledge transfer workshops with timber value chain actors, and policy briefs for the study countries.
Institution: Chair of Tropical and International Forestry, Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TU Dresden
Duty Station: Tharandt, Germany
Closing date: 15 July 2023