Cecilia Luttrell

Cecilia Luttrell

Senior Research Associate, Center for International Forestry Research

Cecilia Luttrell began working with CIFOR in 2008, managing the policy research project ‘Integrating REDD in the Global Climate Protection Regime: Proposals and Implications’. Since then she has been involved in CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+.

She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute at the interface of research and development policy. This included providing advice to international and national governmental and nongovernmental institutions. Her work focused around two main themes: 1) governance, politics and rights (including REDD+, illegal logging, political economy analysis and methods, accountability and oversight in the forest sector, rights-based approaches, pro-poor policy making, and role of think tanks, research institutes and civil society networks) and 2) Livelihoods and poverty (e.g. community forestry, budget support and the environment, empowerment, poverty impact assessment, gender and social protection, food security).

As part of CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+, Cecilia is involved in: a) methodologies for assessing the impact of REDD, b) analysis of political economy of national REDD+ processes, c) benefit sharing, d) impact assessment of local-level implementation, and e) lessons learnt for REDD from measures to address illegal logging.

Prior to this, Cecilia worked as a post-doc at the Centre for Economic Research into the Global Environment at the University of East Anglia (UEA), carrying out social and institutional analysis on a research project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) that looked at ecosystem-based wetland management in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Cecilia has also worked for DFID in the Forestry Planning Department in Ghana, for Wetlands International in Indonesia and for various local NGOs in Asia and Africa.

Cecilia has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Oxford), Master of Science in Forestry (Oxford) and a PhD in Enviromental Sciences (UEA). Her PhD examined institutional change, access to natural resources and livelihoods in Vietnam with a focus on aquaculture and privatisation of property rights. She has lived in Indonesia, Vietnam, Ghana and Tanzania and also has experience in Cambodia, Nepal, Laos, the Philippines, India, the Cook Islands, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea.