Tropical Forests and People Research Centre

University of the Sunshine Coast

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Researcher working in forest

The Centre brings together researchers interested in the interactions between people and tropical forests. Multidisciplinary projects and the desire of members to work collaboratively with others in the Centre are key research drivers. Our main research foci is 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 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.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Community and smallholder forestry
  • Forest management
  • Small-scale and community forestry
  • Forest policy
  • Reforestation

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


90 Sippy Downs Drive,, Sippy Downs, 4556

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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