Professor Peter Newton is an interdisciplinary scientist who studies the sustainability of socio-environmental systems, principally in tropical forest and agricultural landscapes. His work examines how governance interventions, such as policies and incentive programs, influence trade-offs and synergies between environmental, social, and economic outcomes. He is particularly interested in the role of local communities in natural resource management, and how conservation and development programs affect their livelihoods. He works mainly in Brazil and the US, but also with partners in Indonesia, Mozambique, Nepal, and elsewhere.
environmental governance, tropical forests, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development, deforestation, livelihoods, community based natural resource management, climate change mitigation, land use change, environmental studies