Marjanneke Vijge is currently working as Climate Policy Expert with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In this capacity, she helps to develop a project related to civil society participation in the Paris Agreement’s Enhanced Transparency Framework, and one on policy coherence between agriculture and climate action in developing countries.

Prior to joining FAO, Marjanneke worked as a postdoctoral researcher (with a Niels Stensen Fellowship) in collaboration with a national think tank and the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative in Yangon, Myanmar. Her research focused on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the environmental and social impacts of mining in Myanmar.

Marjanneke did her PhD with the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. She studied the consequences of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) for multilevel forest governance. Her research covered analyses of global policy developments, national REDD+ strategies, and REDD+ projects. Marjanneke has been teaching in numerous courses related to international environmental governance, including on REDD+, and has been network manager of the REDD@WUR network (http://wageningenur.nl/redd). She has also been visiting scholar with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Marjanneke holds an MSc in International Development Studies (with distinction) with a focus on global environmental governance. During her studies she did internships with the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Facility in Nairobi and with an NGO for natural resource management in India.     Marjanneke’s research interests relate to multilevel processes for integrating environmental and developmental issues in developing countries.

Contact information: marjanneke.vijge[at]gmail.com

PhD thesis: 

  • Vijge, M.J. (2016). Carbonizing forest governance: Analyzing the consequences of REDD+ for multilevel forest governance. PhD thesis, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Selected publications:

  • Vijge, M.J. (2018). The (Dis)empowering Effects of Transparency Beyond Information Disclosure: The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Myanmar. Global Environmental Politics 18 (1), p. 13-32.
  • Turnhout, E., Gupta, A., Weatherley-Singh, J., Vijge, M.J., De Koning, J., Visseren-Hamakers, I.J., Herold, M., & Lederer, M. (2016). Envisioning REDD+ in a post-Paris era: between evolving expectations and current practice. WIREs Climate Change. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.425
  • Vijge, M.J., Brockhaus, M., Di Gregorio, M., & Muharrom, E. (2016). Framing national REDD+ benefits, monitoring, governance and finance: A comparative analysis of seven countries. Global Environmental Change 39, p. 57-68.
  • Vijge, M.J. (2015). Competing discourses on REDD+: Global debates versus the first Indian REDD+ project. Forest Policy and Economics 56, 38-47.
  • Gupta, A., Pistorius, T., & Vijge, M.J. (2015). Managing fragmentation in global environmental governance: the REDD+ Partnership as bridge organization. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 16, 355-374.
  • Vijge, M.J.; Gupta, A. (2014). Framing REDD+ in India: Carbonizing and Centralizing Indian Forest Governance? Environmental Science & Policy 38, p. 17-27.
  • Gupta, A.; Vijge, M.J.; Turnhout, E. & Pistorius, T. (2014). Making REDD+ transparent: The politics of measuring, reporting and verification systems. In: Gupta A., Mason M. (Eds.) Transparency in Global Environmental Governance, MIT press, p. 181-201. http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/publication/gupta-aarti-transparency-global-environmental-governance
  • Skutsch, M.; Turnhout, E.; Vijge, M.J.; Herold, M.; Wits, T.; Den Besten, J-W.; & Balderas, A. (2014). Options for a national framework for benefit distribution and their relation to community-based and national REDD+ monitoring, Forests 5, p. 1596-1617.
  • Vijge, M.J. (2013). The Promise of new institutionalism: Explaining the absence of a World or United Nations Environment Organisation, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 13 (2), p. 153-176.
  • Visseren-Hamakers, I.J.; Gupta, A.; Herold, M.; Pena-Claros, M. & Vijge, M.J. (2012). Will REDD+ work? The need for interdisciplinary science to address key challenges. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4 (6), p. 590-596.
  • Visseren-Hamakers, I.J.; McDermott, C.; Vijge, M.J. & Cashore, B. (2012). Trade-offs, co-benefits and safeguards: current debates on the breadth of REDD+. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4 (6), p. 646-653.
  • Gupta, A.; Lövbrand, E.; Turnhout, E. & Vijge, M.J. (2012). In pursuit of carbon accountability: the politics of REDD+ measuring, reporting and verification systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4 (6), p. 726-731.
  • Visseren-Hamakers, I.J.; Gupta, A.; Herold, M.; Pena-Claros, M. & Vijge, M.J. (2012). Interdisciplinary perspectives on REDD+. Editorial overview. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4 (6), p. 587-589.

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