Senior Research Fellow
Stockholm Environment Institute
Javier Godar is a Senior Research Fellow at SEI, based in the Stockholm office. He holds a Forestry BSc/MSc from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2003). In 2009 he gained a PhD in Natural Resources Management from the University of Leon (Spain). Javier´s research interests deal with developing a better understanding of social-ecological systems in tropical forested areas, to better inform rural development policies. He has particularly focused on comparing the socio-environmental influence of different Amazonian actors, and the implications for agrarian reform, regional governance and payment for ecosystem services policies. He uses a quantitative landscape perspective integrating GIS, remote sensing, landscape ecology, spatial modeling and social sciences.More recently his interests have expanded to include the modelling of complex global supply chains, leading to the development of the SEI-PCS model and helping to develop the Trase platform (Transparency for Sustainable Economies). This includes not only designing quantitative modelling methods for dealing with complex databases on production and trade of global commodities, but also the development of analytical approaches for translating spatially explicit data on social and environmental impacts into estimates of risk for different downstream actors (traders, investors, consumers).