Dr. Joleen Timko is a Lecturer in International Forestry, the coordinator of UBC Forestry’s newest professional degree program – the Master of International Forestry (MIF), and the Managing Director of the Africa Forests Research Initiative on Conservation and Development (AFRICAD). Her research program on forests and livelihoods in developing countries (mainly in Sub Saharan Africa) focuses on the dynamic driving forces and leverage points that occur at the forest-livelihoods interface. She conducts applied, policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research that addresses poverty, sustainable livelihoods, human health, conflicts, rights and tenure, while maintaining a consistent focus on cross-cutting themes such as gender and climate change. Joleen has worked professionally with national and provincial governments, ENGOs and civil society, and universities and research institutions, and she regularly collaborates with Indigenous and tribal communities and band councils, among others. She is presently working with First Nations in Canada’s north, and a dozen ethnic groups in Malawi, Ghana and Ethiopia. Dr. Timko is also an editor of the peer-reviewed open-access journal Madagascar Conservation & Development. She will teach in the MIF in Sept 2015.
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