Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam
Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen is an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include forest governance-livelihood interactions and landscape governance. After years of non-timber forest research as a strategy for reconciling tropical forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods, and having supervised several PhD studies in this field, she has come to the conclusion that such ‘win-win’ scenarios will be hard to realise in natural forests. Her research has therefore recently shifted towards the productive landscape, in the conviction that we need integrated approaches to deal with challenges regarding poverty, biodiversity loss, climate change and food insecurity. The geographical focus of her research is on Ghana, South Africa and Brazil, while PhD supervision has also included research in Indonesia, Cameroon, Kenya and Honduras. Ms. Ros-Tonen currently coordinates the NWO-WOTRO-funded programme on ‘Inclusive partnerships and innovation platforms for sustainable landscapes and greater food sovereignty among tree crop farmers in Ghana and South Africa’. Previously she was Coordinator of the Development Policy Review Network in the Netherlands. She was affiliated researcher to the Núcleo de Altos Estudos Amazônicos (NAEA) of the Federal University of Pará in Belém, Brazil, in 2005; visiting professor at the Postgraduate Programme in Environmental Sciences of the University of São Paulo (USP-PROCAM) from June-September 2009; and visiting scholar at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from April-July 2014. She is a human geographer with a PhD in Policy Sciences.