Anne Larson

Team Leader, Equal Opportunities, Gender Justice & Tenure
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


Anne M Larson conducts research on multiple aspects of forest and landscape governance policy and institutions, including property rights, climate change, decentralization, indigenous territories and gender, from local to international scales.  Larson has done both more traditional and action research, as well as supported innovative efforts, such as the design of a diploma course for indigenous communities and community leaders. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked as a journalist, activist and lobbyist. Current research priorities include forest land and resource tenure; women’s rights to land in communal forests; multilevel governance and multi-stakeholder processes; and climate change. She coordinates fieldwork in Peru, Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Larson obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Stanford University and her PhD in 2001 from U.C. Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science, with an emphasis on resource policy and institutions.