Prof. Dr. Rachael D. Garrett is Moran Professor of Conservation and Development at the University of Cambridge.
Her research focuses on understanding the drivers and impacts of land change, primarily in forest landscapes, and the effectiveness and equity of forest conservation policies and practices. She is particularly interested in how commodity supply chains interact with environmental institutions to shape land use processes, resource distribution, and trade. Her research has largely focused on deforestation in agriculture-forest frontiers and sustainable intensification of grazing systems in the tropics. More broadly she is interested in finding solutions to achieve zero-deforestation and reduced forest degradation globally, while scaling up more sustainable land use practices and restoration of degraded ecosystems.
Dr. Garrett works closely with national agriculture and forestry agencies in the regions where she works, including ongoing partnerships with Embrapa in Brazil. She also works closely with companies to advise them on their supply chain policies.
For more details, see https://rachaeldgarrett.weebly.com/.
Telecoupling of land use systems, Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems
A Special Issue of IOPscience Environmental Research: Food System seeks articles that address "how" exactly transformations to more sustainable land systems can be achieved. There is a greater need to better understand how competing visions for the land can be reconciled and to explore the full range of solution space for sustainability. This also implies going beyond individual policy approaches to envisioning and executing transformations in the structural factors shaping land systems including, for example, colonial legacies, capitalist and economic growth oriented economic systems, consumptive cultures, and unjust or undemocratic political systems. Deadline: 1 May 2024
A new article in Nature found that the cropland expansion in PAs accelerated dramatically from 2000 to 2019, compared with that of global croplands. Notably, some PAs with the highest conservation levels failed to prevent cropland expansion.