Prof. Iben Nathan

  • MA/PhD Political Science, University of Aarhus, 1988/1998.
    Associate Professor, employed since 2000 by Forests & Landscape, the University of Copenhagen.

Key qualifications: Development research and advisory services in developing countries since 1985; specialized knowledge on political and socioeconomic aspects of natural resource management, incl. forestry and agriculture decentralization, participation, and qualitative research methods. Current research projects include: Stabilizing Kenya by Solving Forest Related Conflicts (FFU); the State in multi-level forest governance: EU’s forest law enforcement, governance and trade action programme in Vietnam and Cambodia (FSE); Community forestry in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Previous positions: Advisor to Danida Forest Seed Centre; Course leader at Danida Course Centre; Research fellow at the Centre for Development Research/CUF (now DIIS) and at the Cornell University NY; Freelance consultant; External lecturer at Dept. of Political Science, University of Aarhus.

Teaching experience: Developing, coordinating and teaching graduate courses on “Qualitative Methods in Agricultural Development” and “Global Environmental Governance”; five PhD courses in “Case studies and qualitative methods”. Teaching other graduate courses; courses for Danish expatriates and development practitioners abroad; Supervision of several Danish and International MSc and PhD students, censor at SDU, RUC, ÅU (since 2000)  

Language:  Mother tongue: Danish. Fluent: English. Knowledge: German, French, Bengali

Country experience: Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tanzania, Kenya, Niger, Malaysia, Germany, and USA (research, fieldwork, consultancies)

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