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Purabi Bose

Purabi Bose
Interconnecting forest policy with social, political ecology and communication dimensions of tropical forest and land-use governance for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs).


I am a Senior Lecturer in Forest Policy in the Faculty of Forest Sciences, Alnarp. My humble goal is to work towards an equitable field for multi-stakeholders, in particular, Indigenous peoples and local communities, diversity, and women in the forested landscapes of tropical countries. 


I am the course coordinator for a new international MSc Euroforester course: Global Forests and Land-use Decisions, 7.5 ECTS. This course syllabus design integrates renowned global experts from diverse disciplines and geographical and institutional setups. Each expert brings their experience and perspective of stakeholder decision-making for forest tenure and land-use changes highlighting mainly the Global South with some European contexts. 
For the international BSc Forests and Landscape,  I am co-coordinating a course: Environmental Discourse and Communications, 15 ECTS.  

I will coordinate a Ph.D. course: Communicating Forests and Land-Use Research in Popular Science, 4 ECTS (Nov'22-Jan'23). It will equip Ph.D. candidates to creatively use relevant communication and select tools print, audio-visual, and multi-media to convey their forests and land-use science to a diverse audience. 



By interlinking human rights dimensions to forests, land tenure reforms, commons, forest food, land-use change, and climate, I strategically use social-science and political ecology research in examining the complexities of implementation of forest policy to recognize access-rights, citizenship, and 'forest governmentality'. 

My scientific focus on rights-based approach using a diverse range of strategic creative multi-media communication outputs, research ethics, and interdisciplinary sciences aim to enhance societal relevance of research. Collaborative case studies and empirical qualitative studies through strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships are promoted for meaningful forest policy dialogue and sustainable practices. 

Funded research 

Whose voice? Sámi and Maldhari Indigenous Pastoralists’ Sustainable Land and Food Governance. SLU Global 2022. Principal Investigator (PI) 

Tropical forests and land-use decisions of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. Case studies from India, Cambodia, and Indonesia. SLU Global 2021. PI.



Currently my international forests and people related cooperations are with

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 2020-2024

  • Deputy Coordinator of Division 6 Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry
  • Coordinator of Working Party 6:08:01 Gender in Forest Research 
  • Member of Honors and Awards Committee for the World Congress, 2024
  • Member of Task Force on Gender and Forestry
  • IUFRO Enlarged Board member 

Chatham House, Member of a Project Advisory Board for 2021-2022 on Forest Governance, Markets and Climate  

Formas, (Swedish government research council for sustainable development), Reviewer of grant applications in 2021. 

IUCN, Member of Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP), and Commission on Education and Communication (CEC); 2018-

Frontiers in Environmental Science; Review Editor for Environmental Citizen Science. 2022-



To SLU, I bring interdisciplinary academic and evidence-based empirical fieldwork expertise on issues related to collective forest and land tenure rights, climate change, food and nutrition security in countries from Latin America, East Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. 
My previous professional affiliations with CGIAR centers like International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, Colombia) and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR, Indonesia), multilateral agencies, philanthropy, civil society and think tank institutes enhance my knowledge and networking on tropical forests and people science.  


I ventured to become a filmmaker to creatively communicate scientific stories by amplifying voices of the forest-dependent Indigenous peoples'.

As a producer and director, my films have been self-financed through an initiative 'Landing Together'. The short and feature-length films are screened at various film festivals, invited screenings with talk, and used by universities as higher education course resource materials. 

You may refer to my documentary films on forests, land-use, and Indigenous peoples via 

Keynote Speeches (forests and people related)

2019  Keynote speech presented at the 25th International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress in Curitiba, Brazil. The talk was titled: Communicating with 'people' in scientific forestry discourse.

2014      Keynote titled: Governing forests and people in the conflict areas, presented for Dejusticia’s international Human Rights Advocates, Bogota, Colombia.
2012. Ph.D. titled ‘Forest Rights’; Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
1997.  M.A. in Social Science; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.
1995.  B.Sc. in Human Development; Mumbai University, India.  

Alumna of

  • 2004 Beahrs Environmental Leadership, University of Berkeley, California
  • 2003 Monitoring & Assessment of Biodiversity, Smithsonian Institute, Virginia

Selected publications

Most recent and selected publications only

Popular Science 

1. Photo and storybook  

2. Print journalistic article for    

3. Films about Tropical Forests for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities 

  • 10 short films - as a producer and director - in 11 languages and dialects for the UN FAO - Rome; Oxfam- India, International Foundation for Science - Sweden.
  • One debut feature film covering 20 diverse Indigenous peoples all over mainland and NorthEast India. 


Peer-reviewed international journal

2019. Bose, P. Oil Palm vs. Shifting Cultivation for Indigenous Peoples: Analyzing Mizoram’s New Land Use Policy. Land Use Policy, 81: 115-123

2017. Bose, P., et al. Women’s rights to land and communal forest tenure: A way forward for research and policy agenda in Latin America. Women’s Studies International Forum, 65: 53:60.

2015. Bose, P. India’s dryland agroforestry: A ten-year analysis of gender and social diversity, tenure and climate variability. International Forestry Review 17 (S4): 82-97. 

2012.  Bose, P., Arts, B., van Dijk, H. ‘Forest governmentality’: A genealogy of subject-making of forest dependent ‘Scheduled Tribes’ in India. Land Use Policy 29 (3): 664-673.
Books and edited volumes

2018. Zuria, A. Vasquez, V., Bose, P. Velazquez, M., (Eds.). Género, energía y sustentabilidad. (Gender, Energy and Sustainability). UNAM-CRIM Publisher, Mexico ISBN 978-607-30-0999-7 (in Spanish Language)     

2016. Bose, P., van Dijk, H. (Eds.). Dryland Forests: Management, Gender and Social Diversity in Asia and Africa. Switzerland, Springer Publisher. ISBN 978-3-319-19405-9. 

2012.   Bose, P. Forest rights: The micro-politics of decentralisation and forest tenure reform in tribal India. Wageningen, the Netherlands. Pages xvi+185. ISBN 978-94-6173-273-6. Open Access


Editor of Special Issue for Journals                                                                       

2017. Bose, P. (Ed.), Latin American women’s access to farmland and communal forests. Special Section in Women’s Studies International Forum, 65                       

2017.   Bose, P. (Ed.) Climate adaptation: Marginalized populations and vulnerable regions. Climate and Development journal, (s1) Virtual Special Issue Open Access 


Book Chapters

2020 Bose, P. Forest foods for tribal in selected regions of India and their sustainability. In J. Prakash, V. Waisundara, and V. Prakash (Eds.) Nutritional and Health Aspects of Food in South Asian Countries. Elsevier Vol. 9 ISBN: 9780128200117

2019 Bose, P. India’s right to food act: Human rights for tribal communities’ forest food. In Urazbaeva, A., et al (Eds), The Functional Field of Food Law. European Institute Food Law Series 11, Wageningen Academic Publishers. DOI 10.3920/978-90-8686-885-8_3


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