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Grace Wong is a natural resource economist. Grace’s work has largely converged on assessing social, economic and ecological trade-offs in tropical environments, focusing in particular on the interface of development, socio-political processes and environmental change. She has worked extensively throughout Southeast Asia and Latin America. Her current research is on ecosystem services and human wellbeing in dynamic social-ecological systems, with a particular interest on power and equity in the distribution of benefits and risks from natural resource use and governance.
Grace received her PhD in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2003. She led the landscape conservation planning program at Conservation International, worked on the poverty-environment nexus within land and investments with UNDP in Lao PDR, and more recently, carried out research on the political economy, governance and livelihood aspects of forests and climate change at the Center for International Forestry Research.
Thu, P.T., Moeliono, M., Wong, G., Brockhaus, M., Dung, L., N.
2018 - Journal / article
Swidden cultivation practices have been seen as a major driver of deforestation and forest degradation in Southeast Asia. Using two case studies from Vietnam, this paper examines discourses around swidden practices at multiple levels of governance. Our findings show diverse interpretations of swidden resulting in different policy preferences and policy translations when addressing the issue. At national level, swidden is blame...
Andersson, K.P., Smith, S.M., Alston, L.J., Duchelle, A.E., Mwangi, E., Larson, A.M., de Sassi, C., Sills, E.O., Sunderlin, W.D. and Wong, G.Y.,
2018 - Journal / article
Interventions to strengthen forest conservation in tropical biomes face multiple challenges. Insecure land tenure and unequal benefit sharing within forest user groups are two of the most important. Using original household-level survey data from 130 villages in six countries, we assess how current wealth inequality relates to tenure security and benefit flows from forest use. We find that villages with higher wealth inequalit...