Dr. Margaret Skutsch

Dr. Margaret Skutsch
Telephone: + 31 53 489 4377
Email: mskutsch@ciga.unam.mx

British, working with the UT since 1982. By discipline a geographer, research work particularly on community forest management in developing countries; has spent extended periods in Africa and Asia (Tanzania, Sri Lanka) and currently working in Mexico. Contributes to the Masters in Environment and Energy Management and short courses on energy and climate. Has functioned as advisor to Netherlands Development Co-operation on energy climate change policy. Member of CERES, the Netherlands research school for resource studies in development. Director of the `Kyoto: Think Global Act Local` research project (www.communitycarbonforestry.org) which studied the potential for community monitoring of carbon stock change in forests, and currently PI for the WOTRO project ´Linking Local Action to Global in the Tropical Dry Forests of Mexico´ which is investigating payments for environmental services, among other related projects.


  • Development issues, particularly natural resource management and policy

Research interests

  • Community forest management
  • Climate change policy (particularly as regards REDD)
  • Rural energy technology

Selected publications

  • Singh, S.P., Singh, V. and Skutsch, M. (2010). Rapid warming in the Himalayas: ecosystem responses and development options, Climate and Development 2 (3), pp. 221-232.
  • Skutsch, M. and de Jong, B. (2010). The permanence debate. Commentary: Letters.Science, 327, p. 107.
  • Skutsch, M. and McCall, M. (2010) Reassessing REDD: governance, markets and the hype cycle. Springboard editorial, Climatic Change. Online: 13 January. DOI 10.1007/s10584-009-9768-y
  • Karky, B and Skutsch, M. (2010) The cost of carbon abatement though community forest management in Nepal Himalaya. Ecological Economics, 69 (3), pp. 666-672
  • Byigero, A., Skutsch, M. and Clancy, J. (2010). The Clean Development Mechanism in sub-Saharan Africa and the prospects of the Nairobi Initiative. Climate Policy, 10, pp. 181-189.
  • Skutsch, M. (2010). Book review: Sebastian M. Scholz “Rural Development through Carbon Finance: Forestry Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol”. Climate and Development 2, 1 p 75-76
  • Skutsch, M., McCall, M. and Lovett, J. (2009). Carbon emissions: dry forests my be easier to manage. Correspendence: Nature, 462, p. 567.
  • Skutsch, M and Ba, L (2009) Crediting carbon conservation in dry forests: the case of community forest management in West Africa. Forest Policy and Economics, 12, pp. 264-270.
  • Skutsch, M., McCall, M.K., Karky, B., Zahabu, E. and Peters-Guarin, G. (2009). Case studies on measuring and assessing forest degradation: Community measurement of carbon stock change for REDD. Rome: FAO Forest Resources Assessment Working Paper 156.
  • Brown, S, Herold, M and Skutsch M (2009). Recommendations for country capacity building. Chapter 3.5 in GOFC-GOLD: Reducing GHG emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries: a sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring, measuring and reporting. Report version COP15 , Alberta, Canada.
  • Van Laake, P., Skutsch, M. and McCall, M.K. (2009). Data collection at local/national level.  Chpater 3.4 in GOFC-GOLD: Reducing GHG emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries: a sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring, measuring and reporting. Report version COP15 , Alberta, Canada.
  • Herold, M. and Skutsch, M. (2009). MRV and REDD+ policy: objectives, capacities, institutions. Chapter 7 in: Angelsen, A. (ed.) Realising REDD: national strategy and options.  CIFOR: Bogor, Indonesia.
  • Skutsch, M, van Laake, P, Zahabu, E, Karky, B.S. and Phartiyal, P. (2009) Community monitoring in REDD+. Chapter 8 in: Angelsen, A. (ed.) Realising REDD: national strategy and options. CIFOR: Bogor, Indonesia.
  • Skutsch, M. (2008). How do we measure and monitor forest degradation? Chapter 10 in: Angelsen, A.(ed.) Moving ahead with REDD: Issues, Options and Implications. CIFOR, Bogor: (2nd author, with D. Murdiyarso, M. Guariguata, M. Kanninen, C. Luttrell, P. Verwiej and O.Stella Martins.), pp. 99-117.
  • M. Skutsch, M. and P. van Laake (2008). REDD as multi-level governance in the making. Energy and Environment, 19 (6), pp. 831-844.
  • Skutsch, M. (2008). Financing community forest management through REDD. Section 6.6 in: Financing Sustainable Forest Management, ETFRN News, Issue 49, pp. 159-162
  • Minang, P. A., Bressers, H.T.A., Skutsch, M. and McCall, M.K. (2007). National forest policy as a platform for biosphere carbon management: the case of community forestry in Cameroon. Environmental Science and Policy.
  • Minang, P., McCall, M.K., Skutsch, M. and Bressers, H.T.A. (2007). A data support infrastructure for CDM forestry implementation: an inventory prespective from Cameroon. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.
  • Skutsch, M., Bird, N., Laake, P. van, Dutschke, M., Trines, E., De Jong, B., et al. (2007, in press). Clearing the Way for Reducing Emissions from Tropical Deforestation. Environmental Science and Policy.
  • Schlamadinger, B. and Skutsch, M., et al. (2007, in press). Options for including LULUCF activities in a post-2012 international climate agreement. Environmental Science and Policy.
  • Skutsch, M. and Bressers, H. T.A. (2007). Power, Motivation and Cognition in the Construction of Climate Policy: the case of tropical forestry. In: V. Grover (ed.), What Future for the Kyoto Protocol? Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Murdiyoso, D. and Skutsch, M. (eds) (2006). Community Forest Management as a Carbon Mitigation Option: Case Studies. Bogor, Indonesia: CIFOR.
  • Skutsch, M. and Clancy, J. (2006). The Gender, Energy and Poverty Nexus. In: J. Byrne, L. Glover & N. Toly (eds), Energy as a Social Project, 9, University of Delaware: Transaction Publishers.
  • Skutsch, M. and Clancy, J. (2006). The Gender, Energy and Poverty Nexus. In: J. Byrne, L. Glover & N. Toly (eds), Environmental Justice: Discourses in International Political Economy, 9, New Brunswick, NJ and London: Transaction Publishers.
  • Skutsch, M. (2005). Reducing Carbon Transaction Costs in Community Based Forestry Management. Climate Policy, 5(4), pp. 433-443.
  • Skutsch, M. (2005). Gender Analysis for Energy Projects and Programmes. Energy for Sustainable Development, 9(1).
  • Skutsch, M., Clancy, J.S. and Leeuw, H. (2004). The Gender Face of Energy. A manual on mainstreaming gender issues in energy project planning. Enschede/Leusden: TS&D and Energia.
  • Skutsch, M. (2002). Protocols, Treaties and Action: The ‘climate change process’ through gender spectacles. Gender and Development, 10(2), pp. 30-39.
  • Skutsch, M. and Wamukonya, N. (2002). Gender Angle to the Climate Change Negotiations? Energy and Environment, 13(1).
  • Skutsch, M. (1998). Gender Issues in Energy Project Planning: Welfare, Empowerment or Equity? Energy Policy, 26(12), pp. 945-955.
  • Skutsch, M. (1994). Integrating Women in Energy Assistance: Which Way Forward? Energy for Sustainable Development, 1(3).
  • Skutsch, M. (1991). The Success of Mixed Motives; Stove and Forestry Projects Gujarat. In: H. Streefkerk & T. K. Moulik (Eds.), Managing Rural Development, Indo-Dutch Studies on Development Alternatives, 7, New Delhi/London: Sage Publications.
  • Skutsch, M. (1985). Forestry by the People for the People: Some Major Problems in Tanzania's Village Afforestation Programme. International Tree Crop Journal, 3, pp. 147-170.
  • Skutsch, M. and McCall, M.K. (1983). Strategies and Contradictions in Tanzania's Rural Development: Which Path for the Peasants? In: D. A. M. Lea & D. P. Chaudhri (Eds.), Rural Development and the State. London: Methuen.
  • Skutsch, M. and Flowerdew, R.T.N. (1976). Measurement Techniques in Environmental Impact Assessment. Environmental Conservation, 3(3).
  • Scheibe, M., Schofer, J.L. and Skutsch, M. (1974). Experiments in Delphi Methodology. In: H. A. Linstone & M. A. Turoff (eds), The Delphi Method. New York: Addison-Wesley.
  • More publications can be found HERE