Tim has ten years of research and professional experience on land and resource rights, forest conservation, and land use change. Much of his research has focused on understanding the economic and social realities of small farmers in contexts of rapidly changing land governance and land use. He has particular familiarity with issues relating to land acquisitions under unclear or insecure tenure. Tim has experience in Uganda, Peru, Vietnam, and Lao PDR.
Tim’s rural field experience is complemented by work with governments and stakeholders in the forest policy arena, particularly relating to REDD+. In both Lao PDR and Vietnam, Tim was an active member of government and donor-initiated roundtables during the readiness phase of REDD+ policy development. Tim is experienced with community-based research using interviews, focus groups, and participatory mapping, as well as convening stakeholders to advance policy discussions.
Tim holds a PhD in Geography from McGill University, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria. Tim is fluent in English and French and has an intermediate level of Spanish. He is based in Vermont, USA.