Investigadora Titular C
Main research lines
- Implications and politics of global climate change: deforestation, degradation and community forestry
- Social impacts of bioenergy and biofuels
- Community forestry and carbon sequestration; policies to promote forest carbon
- Porosity at the interface of science and policy making: how communities are framed in policy discourses
Margaret Skutsch took her first degree in Geography at the University of Bristol, UK, in 1970; her Masters in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA in 1972; and obtained her PhD, on the topic “Social forestry in Sri Lanka” in 1994 at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She was lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the Ardhi Institute, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 1975 to 1982 before joining the Technology and Sustainable Development Group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands (1982-2008), where she was Associate Professor. From 1995 to 2002 she was an advisor to the Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation on energy and climate with special responsibility for programmes in Africa. She also carried out advisory work for World Bank, FAO and various other multi- and bi-lateral donor agencies.
At the University of Twente she supervised the research projects of 60+ Masters students and 7 PhDs. She led the development and teaching of a new, cross-departmental Minor, “Sustainable Development in North-South Perspective” and an undergraduate course on “The Role of Education in Development”. Her research focused on community forest management and rural energy and on the place of these issues in international climate policy. She was scientific director of a research project “Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local” (2003-2009) which investigated the potential for community forest management to be integrated into international climate policy and to benefit from carbon crediting, the results of which are summarized in her 2011 book "Community Carbon Monitoring: Opportunities for the Carbon Market".
Since joining CIGA in 2008 her work on how communities manage their forests has continued, this taking in many forms for management, and not principally for timber. She has directed several research projects in the context of climate change and REDD+, with extensive fieldwork in Jalisco and the Yucatan Peninsula, mostly focusing on tropical dry forests and processes of forest degradation, rather than deforestation, and on the potential for forest enhancement. The outputs of these studies can be found on the website http://redd.ciga.una.mx ("The Geography of REDD+"). Since 2008 she has published upwards of 50 articles on this and related themes, and supervised 6 PhD students at CIGA as well as several at universities in other countries. Her teaching is mostly related to research methodology.
- Skutsch, M., J. Paneque-Gálvaz, A. Ghilardi, A. Balderas Torres, J. Morfin, J.M. Fuentes, O. Carrillo, D. Ross. 2017 Adapting REDD+ policy for sink conditions. Forest Policy and Economics. 80; 160-166 ISSN:1389-9341
- Skutsch, M., A. Balderas Torres, J.C. Carrillo. 2017. Policy for pro-poor distribution of REDD+ benefits in Mexico: how the legal and technical challenges are being addressed. Forest Policy and Economics. 75: 58-66. ISSN:1389-9341
- Salinas, M., M. Skutsch, J. Lovett, A. Borrego. 2017. Carbon emissions from dryland shifting cultivation: a case study of Mexican tropical dry forest. Silva Fennica 51, 1B art. no. 1553. ISSN 2242-4075
- Skutsch, M., A. Borrego, L. Morales, J. Paneque-Galvez, M. Salinas, I. Ramirez, D. Pérez-Salicrup, D. Benet, S. Monroy, Y. Gao. 2015. Opportunities, constraints and perceptions of smallholders regarding their potential to contribute to forest landscape transitions under REDD+: Case studies from Mexico. International Forestry Review 17(S1) 65-84. (Special Issue on: Smallholders and forest landscape transitions: locally devised development strategies of the tropical Americas). ISSN:1465-5489
- Borrego, A., M. Skutsch. 2014. Estimating the opportunity costs of activities that cause degradation in tropical dry forests: implications for REDD+. Ecological Economics 101: 1-9. ISSN: 0921-8009
- “Beneficios de REDD+; facilitación de procesos nacionales y comunitarios para diseñar esquemas de distribución de beneficios en pro de poblaciones en condición de pobreza”. Cooperación con UICN. Junio 2014 - Mayo 2015. Responsable de proyecto: M. Skutsch, Co-responsable Arturo Balderas Torres.
- “La construcción de las bases para la propuesta de un nivel nacional de referencia de las emisiones forestales y análisis de políticas públicas”. (´CONAFOR Drivers´) Proyecto de investigación financiado por CONAFOR. Junio 2013 - Julio 2015. Responsable del proyecto: M. Skutsch, Co-responsable JF Mas.
- “Linking local action to international climate change agreements in the dry forests of Mexico”. Project financed by the Netherland Science for Global Development programme). November 2010 – November 2015. Director: M. Skutsch, Co-responsables: G.Bocco, M. McCall, J. Lovett.
- “Addressing forest degradation in Mexico through REDD+”. Proyecto de investigación financiado por Climate Works. Abril 2011- Noviembre 2014. Director: M. Skutsch.
- “Bioenergy, sustainability and trade-offs: can we avoid deforestation while promoting bioenergy?” Responsible for activity 1.2, the social impacts of deforestation due to biofuel production, with case studies in Mexico and Brazil. Project director: Omar Masera, CIEco; International Project in partnership with CIFOR (Indonesia), CSIR (S. Africa), Joanneum Institute (Austria); EU FP7 programme. 2009-2013.