Transfer of Status: Political Decentralisation as a Driver of Change in Indonesian Village Level Forest Governance

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Whilst conducting DPhil research, Logan has also completed consultancy projects with Forest People's Programme (FPP) relating to the hydrological and tenurial impacts of oil palm expansion. Prior to commencing this project, Logan worked at the state-NGO partnership Forever Sabah on sustainable development issues in Sabah, Malaysia, and volunteered at Global Canopy Programme researching the forest-sustainability of various product supply chains. Previously, Logan worked as a research assistant on civet cat biology and ultramafic ecology projects in Sabah, Malaysia.

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Logan's current research project is titled 'Transfer of Status: Political Decentralisation as a Driver of Change in Indonesian Village Level Forest Governance'. The research focuses on community forests in Indonesia, the networks of access and exclusion that govern them, and the ways in which a recent transfer of government authority to the village level under Indonesia's 2014 Village Law has impacted these systems. Forest decentralisation is a popular research topic, but less attention has been given to the impacts of decentralisation policies that do not specifically target forests but nonetheless have implications for their governance. Logan explores these issues via the analytical framework of 'Access Analysis', which explores the full range of ways in which actors gain, maintain and control access to resources. Logan is currently conducting semi-structured interviews and other qualitative research in several villages in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province, as well as in the national capital, Jakarta, with the aim of exploring these questions.

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