ProdJus: Supranational forest governance in an era of globalising wood production and justice politics

Europe and Global Challenges initiative of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond | The Wellcome Trust | VolkswagenStiftung

ECI lead: Dr Constance McDermott

ProdJus examined two supranational governance arrangements for tropical forests which aimed to transform the wood products trade between Europe and other world regions: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).

Our work combined transdisciplinary analyses of global production networks and justice politics, building on an international partnership of leading researchers from Africa, Asia and Europe, and drawing on empirical fieldwork in Ghana, Indonesia, Vietnam and Europe.

The project had a particular interest in the differentiation of governance forms and outcomes between Europe and the South, among Southern countries and between the transnational, national and local levels. By looking at novel forms of forest governance, ProdJus improved understanding of how collective action can address critical challenges in an increasingly globalised world, and what this means for the future of the European continent in the general shift from state-centred territorial governance to flow-centred arrangements.