Reem Hajjar



As a social scientist with training in ecology, I study the relationship between forests and livelihoods, and how various governance mechanisms (policies, norms, and markets) shape that relationship. Most of my work to-date has taken place in tropical and sub-tropical forests, with a recent extension into the Pacific Northwest of North America. A driving factor behind my research is figuring out how governance and decision-making processes around forests can be made more just, participatory, and driven from the bottom-up, so that they effectively reflect realities on the ground, and the realities of often marginalized forest-dependent people. I aim to answer questions such as, can forests be sustainably used as pathways to prosperity? If yes, by which mechanisms? What are the livelihood and landscape impacts of tenure and forest policy changes, and how can these changes result in more equitable outcomes? How transferable are governance mechanisms from one context to another? Most recently, I’ve been working on projects related to community-based forest management in Mexico, global reviews on community forestry and small-scale forest enterprises, gendered impacts of land grabs in Ethiopia, impacts of forest policy changes in Ghana, and cattle sector certification in Brazil.

Selected publications

Recent publications: Google scholar

Phalan, B, R Hajjar. Developing without deforestation. Nature Plants – News & Views. 3: 17120.

Bogaerts, M, L Cirighiri, I Robinson, M Rodkin, R Hajjar, C Costa Junior, P Newton. 2017. Climate change mitigation through intensified pasture management: Estimating greenhouse gas emissions on cattle farms in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Cleaner Production 162: 1539-1550.

Tomaselli, MF, R Hajjar, AE Ramon Hidalgo, A Vasquez. 2017. The problematic old roots of new green narratives: How far can they take us in re-imagining sustainability in the forestry sector? Special Issue on the Green Economy in International Forestry Review 19 (S1): 1-13.

Hajjar, R, RA Kozak. 2017. The evolution of forest producer associations and their current role in REDD+: Case studies from Quintana Roo, Mexico. Land Use Policy 60: 373-383

Hajjar, R, JO Oldekop, P Cronkleton, E Etue, P Newton, AJ Russell, JS Tjajadi, W Zhou, A Agrawal. 2016. The data not collected on community forestry. Conservation Biology 30: 1357-1262.

Hajjar, R, O Sanchez-Badini, RA Kozak. 2016. Promoting small and medium forest enterprises in national REDD+ strategies: A multi-country analysis of enabling environments. Climate Policy 17: 731-763.

Hajjar, R, RA Kozak. 2015. Exploring public perceptions of forest adaptation strategies in Western Canada: Implications for Policy-makers. Forest Policy and Economics 61: 59-69.

Hajjar, R. 2015. Advancing small-scale forestry under FLEGT and REDD in Ghana. Forest Policy and Economics 58: 12-20.