Dear colleagues,

the IFPM4 will serve as a site of investigation for the DFG-funded research project In-Forest which examines the interplay of valuation and inequalities in forest science. As a collaboration between scholars at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Stellenbosch University (SU), Leiden University (LU) and the Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI), it seeks to generate insights on how scientific knowledge is validated in forest policy research, and whose knowledge is recognised on what grounds. These insights will be shared with the forest policy research community for joint discussion and reflection.

A sub-goal of the project is to grasp how forest policy scholars practice and perform criteria of ‘worth’, and how that affects which and whose knowledge is getting a stage. To achieve this objective, we (Susanne Koch and Camilla Tetley, supported by a student assistant) will join the IFPM4 as observing participants interested in how research is presented and discussed. As part of our ethnography, we will take field notes and draw on recordings for capturing talks and discussions. All data generated will be fully anonymised and used for research purposes only.

If you have any questions regarding the project’s purpose or methodology, please feel free to get in touch for clarification.

If you wish that your presentation, questions or comments are not covered by the conference ethnography, please send an email to expressing your dissent. You can do this any time prior to, during or after the event.

Thanks a lot for your support, we are looking forward to meeting you soon in virtual space!


Best regards

Susanne Koch and Camilla Tetley

Dr. Susanne Koch – Principal Investigator DFG Project In-Forest

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

School of Social Sciences and Technology, Department of Science, Technology & Society (STS) | School of Management, Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy

Research Fellow at CREST and the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and STI Policy, Stellenbosch University

Prof. Nelius Boshoff (Co-PI) and Dr. Similo Ngwenya – Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Dr. Rodrigo Costas (Mercator Fellow) and Jonathan Dudek – Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, The Netherlands

Dr. Amani Uisso (Mercator Fellow) – Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI)

In February:

  • Inform 4IFPM organisers about names of presenters and titles of their presentations
  • Confirm/inform 4IFPM organisers about the name of the panel chair and if you have foreseen a panel discussant
  • Register to the IFPM and make sure that all panel participants register as well, by the 4th of March

Two-three weeks before IFPM:

  • Check the program and note down the day, time and number/title of your session.
  • Contact all speakers presenting during your session and remind them about the day and time of the session. Ask each of them for a short (1-2 sentence) bio that you will use during the session while introducing them.
  • Depending on the number of presenters in your session, suggest a maximum time for each presentation. We suggest 13 min per presentation for panels with 5 presentations.
  • Ask speakers to share their .ppt presentations and store them on your computer. In case of technical issues, you will be able to fall back on the presentation and you can share your screen instead.
  • Make sure that all speakers are familiar with the online platform of the conference (ZOOM). If there is a need for a training session, contact the organisers (see contacts below).
  • All panel organisers, session chairs and speakers will be promoted to the role of “Zoom panellists” during the conference. Being a panellist will enable all panel organisers, session chairs speakers to share their screens during their sessions.
  • Make yourself familiar with the topics of the presentations. Consider preparing questions/comments for the discussion.

On the day of your session:

  • Join at least 15 min before the start of your session.
  • Start your session on time.
  • During the session be ready to take questions from the audience (live and via chat).
  • Each session is planned for 1,5 hrs – make sure you do not extend the time planned for your session.
  • There will be technical support joining each session. In case of technical issues, ask for their help.

Call for contributions for the Special Issue with Forest Policy and Economics

Guest Editors: Agata A. Konczal, European Forest Institute (Bonn, Germany) and Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen, the Netherlands), Yiagesu Tekle, European Forest Institute (Bonn, Germany)

Email: and

Associate Editor: Marjanke Hoogstra-Klein, Wageningen University (Wageningen, Netherlands) 

1)      Main aims and objectives of the special issue

In this special issue, we aim to publish outstanding work presented during the 4th International Forest Policy Meeting (4IFPM). IFPM is a biannual event bringing together scholars working on forest and forest-related policy issues from different academics and geographical perspectives. One focus of the 4IFPM was on the interfaces of science-policy and science-media in forest policy, but also contributions on all other topics related to forest policy were welcome.

The special issue aims in bringing together different regional insights, theoretical and analytical perspectives building upon reviews and original thematic contributions relating to the broad topic of forest policy and forest governance. It will explore and problematized the topic of forest policy and governance in different regional settings, as well as on the global scale in order to present, review, take stock of and synthesize research in policy analysis, international relations, environmental governance, sociology, political economy and political ecology that have been recently conducted within the filed of forest policy and forest governance. Intra- and interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives are also welcome. Contributions are especially welcome that attend to:

         interface of science-policy and science-media in forest policy

         forest policy and politics of power

         conflicts around forests and their governance, including land use and land-use change  

         analysis of global and regional forest governance institutions, regimes, initiatives, coalitions and actors


2)      Main approach to the special issue

The Special Issue can accommodate only the best and most mature contributions. Thus, we will perform two selection rounds before inviting the final set of full papers for journal submission. The first review round will be performed by guest editors on submitted abstracts. This review will be based on the criteria thematic fit, level of innovativeness, quality of the contribution and the over link between chosen contributions. A second round will be performed by the guest editors and selected colleagues during the poster or oral presentations.  The authors of selected contributions will be invited to submit the full papers to the Forest Policy and Economics peer-review process.


3)      Implementation and timetable


Starting when

Final date

Abstracts of contributions (max 300 words) submitted to the guest editors

15th of February, 2022

27th of April, 2022

Internal review round by guest editors 

30th of April, 2022

15thth of May, 2022

Authors informed about the outcome of the internal review


15th of May, 2022

Full papers submitted for review

15th of May, 2022

30th of September, 2022

All manuscripts are accepted (provided sufficient quality)


31st of March, 2023

Editorial submitted


30th of April, 2023

Special Issue Published


31st of May, 2023