- Margaret Skutsch joined CIGA in August 2008
- She 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. She spent 1988-1991 in Sri Lanka carrying out fieldwork. 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 has 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 has focused on community forest management and rural energy, and in recent years, on the place of these issues in international climate policy. Since 2003 she has been the scientific director on a research project “Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local” which is investigating the potential for community forest management to be integrated into international climate policy and to benefit from carbon crediting. This research is taking place at 36 sites in 7 countries (Nepal, India, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau). The work is being done in partnership with ITC and four regional institutes in Africa and Asia and involves around 20 scientists worldwide (www.communitycarbonforestry.org).
- She has published more than 50 papers and articles in the last 10 years, of which 13 in internationally refereed journals and books, and she has edited 3 books.