Dr. Terry Sunderland, University of British Columbia, Canada
Senior/Principal Scientist at the Centre for International Forestry Research (2006 to present); Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University (2015-present); Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts for the World Commission on Food Security for global study of “Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition” (2014-2017); Chair, Global Landscapes Forum Science Committee 2013 (Warsaw) and 2014 (Lima); Director, Western Cameroon, Wildlife Conservation Society (2003-2006); Research Fellow, University College, London (2000-2003); Technical Advisor, Limbe Botanic Garden, Cameroon for UK’s Overseas Development Administration (1993-1996). Previously formal research affiliations at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Limbe Botanic Garden, Cameroon and the Department of Conservation and Research, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution. Undergraduate degree equivalent, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, (1991), Masters in Forestry (Oxford – 1993) and PhD joint Biology and Anthropology (University College, London – 2001). Published over 170 journal articles and book chapters, 11 co-edited books and numerous blogs and significant media engagement and outreach. Extensive fund raising and donor relations experience.
My primary focus is on applied research and levering policy influence. I have extensive field experience, having been based in Africa for fifteen years (1991-2006). My main occupational interests lie in directly linking conservation with livelihoods-oriented development, based on sound science, both biological and socio-economic. In 2006 I moved to the Centre for International Forestry Research, based in Indonesia and currently the lead the Centre’s research on Sustainable landscapes and food systems. I firmly believe that accessibility of research findings is fundamental to equitable information exchange and ensure that the dissemination of my work is undertaken, not only through academic journals, but through more easily accessible means such as blogs and media dissemination, in order the facilitate the uptake of such research for policy influence. I also believe strongly in mentoring young professionals and genuine partnerships and collaboration, particularly with developing country individuals and institutions. In the past ten years I have contributed to raising more than USD 40 million in research funding.