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Jefferson Fox East West Center

Jefferson Fox is a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. He received his Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. Dr. Fox’s scholarship focuses on land-use and land-cover change in Asia and the possible cumulative impact of these changes on the region and the global environment. Dr. Fox has co-edited several books, most recently, People and the Environment: Approaches for Linking Household and Community Surveys to Remote Sensing and GIS (Kluwer Academic Press, 2003).

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Jefferson Fox
Understanding the social and environmental implications of rubber plantations in Mainland SE Asia
East West Center

Stefanie Goldberg World Agroforestry Centre

Stefanie Goldberg is a Junior Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia regional programme. Her research focuses on soil processes and particularly on greenhouse gas emissions under different land-use systems. Within the Green Rubber project, she investigates the effect of rubber plantations on greenhouse gas emissions as well as underlying production and consumption processes within the soil.

Eric Penot CIRAD

Eric Penot is currently based in Montpellier since January 2015 after 8 years in Madagascar since 2007.
Main topics: Agroforestry (with rubber, cloves …), conservation agriculture, farming system analysis and modelling, and innovation processes.
Rubber agroforestry systems in Indonesia and Thailand for a sustainable agriculture and income stability
Eric Penot

Andreas Neef University of Auckland

Andreas Neef joined the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland as Professor in Development Studies in December 2013. He was previously employed as Professor of Resource Governance and Participatory Development at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, and as Research Professor in Knowledge and Innovation Management at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Andreas Neef hold MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics, Development Policy and Rural Sociology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. He has extensive research experience in Mainland Southeast Asia, West Africa, the South Pacific and the Middle East. He served two times as scientific advisor to the German Parliament on issues of global food security and on societal and political discourses on the commodification of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Yi Zhuangfang The Morton Arboretum

Yi Zhuangfang holds a PhD in Ecology from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has worked as a researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia Programme for four years. She currently is a postdoc research fellow at The Morton Arboretum in Chicago, USA and also serves as a lead consultant on a joint programme between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the UK Department of International Development on Sustainable Rubber in Asia.

Yi is also the daughter of smallholding rubber farmers in a small Dai village about two kilometres from XTBG, where the conference will be held. She has been studying rubber-monoculture-related ecological and economic questions using geospatial methods and meta-data analysis since 2009, and works on developing risk mitigation schemes and guidelines for sustainable and responsible natural rubber cultivation and investment in Asia. Yi is also developing an interactive web map application for risk mitigation for sustainable and responsible rubber cultivation and investment in the Asian tropics.

The Morton Arboretum
Better decisions for sustainable rubber cultivation with meta-data analysis and data visualization
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