Dr Kaysara Khatun


Research Groups

Dr Kaysara Khatun

Marie Curie Fellow


Kaysara Khatun is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI). She has over 15 years of experience in the private, NGO and academic sectors working in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Kaysara’s research interests are situated in the areas of climate change policy, land use change, and natural resource management. These include adaptation and mitigation reflecting a keen interest in policy formation and implementation in international, national, through to community levels, mainly in the forestry and sustainable development contexts. Her work links insights from both the social and the natural sciences with a strong commitment to empirical research. She has been involved in projects (or in an advisory capacity) with CATIE (Costa Rica), CIFOR (Indonesia), MCDI (Tanzania), IISc (India), Winrock International (USA), the Govt of Ecuador etc. She received her Ph.D in the Geographical Sciences from Bristol University, an MSc in Environmental Science with Legislation and Management from Brunel University and a BSc in Physics from Kings College London.

Kaysara’s current project, Land Use and Resource Management at the Agricultural- Forest Frontier (LAMAR) aims to explore the inter-relationships between conservation and agricultural practices in order to determine how sustainable land use practices can be created and strengthened over time. Research lines include assessing Ecosystem Services to humans, as well as factors that are causing ecosystem change, such as commercial agricultural production (e.g. the demand for cash crops such as soy and palm oil) which can affect the long-term resilience of such ecosystems. LAMAR will take into account the discourses, practices and social relationships around land use that are currently unfolding within the 'realpolitik' of a studied region. The findings are expected to be complementary to climate change mitigation efforts and feed into policy processes targeted at improving food security, conservation, and local livelihoods.



Sunderland, T., Abdoulaye, R., Ahammad, R., Asahad, S., Buadron, F., Deakin, E., Duriaux, JY., Eddy, I., Folia, S., Gumboa., D., Khatun, K., Kondwania, M., Kshatriyah, M., Leonalda, L., Rowlanda, D., Stacey, N., Tomscha, S., Yang, K, Gergel, S and Vianen, JV (2017). A Methodological Approach for Assessing Cross-Site Landscape Change: Understanding Socio-Ecological Systems. Forest Policy and Economics. doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2017.04.013

Khatun, K. and Salmoral, G. (2017) The wider environmental angle: Natural capital, ecosystem services, biodiversity - resolving complexity and resilience issue. Chapter 2 in the Handbook on the Resource Nexus edited by Raimund Bleischwitz. Published by Routledge

Khatun, K., Corbera, C. and Ball, S. (2017) Fire is REDD: Offsetting carbon through early burning activities in south-eastern Tanzania. Oryx, 51, 43-52


Khatun, K., Gross- Camp, N., Corbera, E., Martin, A., Ball, S., Masso, G. (2015) When Participatory Forest Management makes money: insights from Tanzania on governance, benefit sharing, and implications for REDD+. Environment and Planning A. 47, 2097-2112


Khatun, K. and Ladd, B. (2014) Cookstoves: a design popular in Peru. Nature, 511, 31. doi:10.1038/511031d

2013 and earlier

Khatun, K., Imbach, P. and Zamora, J.C. (2013) Climate change impacts and implications for conservation strategies in Central America using the Holdridge Life Zone (HLZ) land classification system. iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, 6, 183-189

Khatun, K. (2013) Integrating national forestry initiatives in India with international climate change policy. Climate Policy, 13, (3): 384-402

Hofmann, M. and Khatun, K. (2013) Facilitating the financing of bio-energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Energy Policy, 52 (2013): 373–384

Khatun, K (2012) Reform or reversal: implications of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) in developing countries. Conservation Letters, 5, (2): 99–106.

Khatun, K. (2011) Reconciling timber provision with carbon sequestration opportunities in the tropical forests of Central America, Environmental Science & Policy, 14 (8):1091–1102.

Galarraga, I., Oses, N., Markandya, A., Chiabai, A. and Khatun, K. (2011) Aportaciones desde la economía de la adaptación a la toma de decisiones sobre Cambio Climático: un ejemplo para la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco, Economía Agraria y Recursos Naturales (Special issue on Economics of Adaptation), 11, (1): 113-142

Hofmann, M., Morris, G., Ballard-Tremeer, G. and Khatun, K. (2011) Bioenergy for sustainable development in Africa: Chapter 16- Financing of biofuel projects in Africa BOOK: Compete (EU project 6th framework), published by Springer. ISBN 978-94-007-2180-7

Khatun, K., Valdes, P.J., Knorr, W. and Chaturvedi, R.K. (2010) Assessing the mitigation potential of forestry activities in a changing climate: A case study for Karnataka. Forest Policy and Economics, 12 (4): 277-286

Khatun, K., Valdes, P.J., Knorr, W. and Alam, K.M. (2010) Exploring synergies between the Clean Development Mechanism and national forest policies in India to advance sustainable development for a post-2012 climate policy. Climate and Development, 2(3): 207-220

Khatun, K. (2010) An investigation into the effectiveness of using forestry projects for sustainable development in India under the Clean Development Mechanism (Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol), Thesis. Bristol University, UK

Galarraga I., Chiabai A., Markandya A., Oses N., Khatun K., Damm, B. (2010) Insights on the economics of adaptation for decision making process in climate change policies: Inputs for K-Egokitzen Project. Basque Government. Adaptation to climate change

Khatun, K. (2010) Competing Ecosystem Services: an Assessment of Carbon and Timber in the Tropical Forests of Central America. BC3 working paper series.

Khatun, K. and Knorr, W. (2009) CDM: opportunities for Africa COMPETE newsletter 5, www.compete-bioafrica.net

Khatun, K. and Diaz-Chavez, R. (2009) India jatropha electrification initiative of Winrock International India (WII) for www.compete-bioafrica.net