The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre brings together researchers interested in the interactions between people and tropical forests. The Centre is based around multidisciplinary projects and a desire of members to work collaboratively with others in the Centre. The focus of our research is on community and smallholder forestry; which are ‘people focused’ systems in which individuals and communities create and manage forests for a mix of economic, social and environmental reasons.
The geographic focus of the Centre is the management of forests in tropical and subtropical regions, mostly in the Asia–Pacific region. These forest areas are critical for livelihoods of many millions of people, as well as providing critical environmental goods and services such as water, carbon storage and biodiversity.
The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre complements the Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) which is concerned with issues associated with large-scale plantation estates which are owned by corporations and governments and for which there are quite distinct differences in management and owner motivations.
Professor John Herbohn
Forests for the future research seminar series
Each month researchers from FIRC and TFAP will present their current research being conducted in partnership with industry and communities around Australia and across the globe.
Tropical Forests and People Research Centre news
6 June 2017
ARC awards $900,000 fellowship to USC scientist
A University of the Sunshine Coast conservation scientist who is assessing the impact of lianas (woody vines) on forest health and value has been granted a $900,000 Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
21 November 2016
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recognises USC forestry research in PNG
More than three years of forestry research by the University of the Sunshine Coast in Papua New Guinea has been formally acknowledged by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a reception at Buckingham Palace.
10 February 2016
Reforestation project in Philippine villages
An international University of the Sunshine Coast researcher has travelled to the Philippines to design a better system of rehabilitating land that was previously cleared through ‘slash and burn’ farming.
9 October 2015
Academics stand for future of forests
More than 115 delegates from 23 countries across Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, Africa and North and South America will attend an international forestry conference hosted by University of the Sunshine Coast researchers from Sunday 11 October to Thursday 15 October.