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Dr. Gillian Petrokofsky


June 2012
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Gill’s research focusses on the quality of evidence for science-policy dialogue and for constructing relevant research agendas. Other sectors have well-established procedures for using systematic, evidence-informed approaches to science-policy dialogue. These include Health Care (Cochrane Collaboration), Social Welfare (Campbell Collaboration),  and Environmental Conservation (Collaboration for Environmental Evidence – CEE). Her research aims to draw on their experiences to examine the potential for establishing a similar ‘collaboration without walls’ to prioritize and produce systematic reviews and improve the quality of the natural resources science that informs policy.

Current ResearchEBF_AR_2014

Gill is leading a collaborative project co-ordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), with its international partners – CATIE, CIRAD, ICRAF and IUFRO – to establish the Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) Initiative. The Initiative, which started in 2012,  reflects these institutions’ leading roles in generating evidence for policy processes about forests and forestry, defined broadly in the contexts of both landscapes and sustainable development. The EBF Initiative was established to facilitate and promote use of systematic methods for informing decisions and actions about forests and forestry. The EBF initiative is supported with resources contributed by UK DfID’s Know For Program Grant.  To date, the EBF initiative work has established a mechanism for introducing evidence-informed frameworks  to conduct systematic reviews and systematic maps that conform to standards of existing collaborations. An international project – T20Q (Top Twenty Questions for Forestry & Landscapes) – to determine high priority research and policy questions was started in May 2014 in collaboration with the Sylva Foundation, an established partner of the Oxford Long-term Ecology Laboratory and Biodiversity Institute.


Petrokofsky G, Sist P, Blanc L, Doucet JL, Finegan B, Gourlet-Fleury S, Healey J, Livoreil B, Nasi R, Peña-Claros M, Putz FE, Zhou W. (In review). Can silvicultural interventions increase timber production and sustain conservation values in tropical forests? Environmental Evidence.

Ojanen M, Miller DC, Zhou W, Mshale B, Mwangi E, Petrokofsky G 2014. What are the environmental impacts of property rights regimes in forests, fisheries and rangelands?: a systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence, 3:19. Open Access.

Savilaakso S, Petrokofsky G, Zrust M, Guariguata M 2014. “Palm oil and biodiversity”.CIFOR Infobrief no. 69. Open Access.

Foli S, Reed J, Clendenning J, Petrokofsky G, Padoch C, Sunderland T (2014) To what extent does the presence of forests and trees contribute to food production in humid and dry forest landscapes? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 3:15  (doi:10.1186/2047-2382-3-15) Open Access

Godfray HCJ, Blacquière T, Field LM, Hails RS, Petrokofsky G, Potts SG, Raine NE, Vanbergen AJ, McLean AR (2014) A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators. Proc. R. Soc. B 281:20140558. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0558) Open Access.

Roe D, Day M, Booker F, Zhou W, Allebone-Webb S, Kümpel N, Hill NAO, Wright J, Rust N, Sunderland TCH, Redford K, Petrokofsky G (2014) Are alternative livelihood projects effective at reducing local threats to specified elements of biodiversity and/or improving or maintaining the conservation status of those elements?: a systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 3 :6. (doi:10.1186/2047-2382-3-6) Open Access.

Randalls S, Petrokofsky G (2014) Saws, sonar and submersibles: expectations of/for underwater logging. Geoforum 52, 216–225.(doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.12.010).

Savilaakso, S, Garcia, C, Garcia-Ulloa, J, Ghazoul, J, Groom, M, Guariguata, MR, Laumonier, Y, Nasi, R, Petrokofsky, G, Snaddon, J, Zrust, M (2014) Systematic review of effects on biodiversity from oil palm production. Environmental Evidence, 3:4  (doi:10.1186/2047-2382-3-4). Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Hemery GE, Brown ND (2013). Matching a scientific knowledge base with stakeholders’ needs: the T10Q project as a case study for forestry. Forest Policy and Economics 37, 29-36.  (doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2012.05.005)

Sayer J, Byron N, Petrokofsky G (Editors) (2013). Sustainable Forests. ISBN: 978-1-84407-852-3, Earthscan Reference Collections, Routledge

Nicholls D, Young M, Hemery GE, Petrokofsky G, Yeomans A. (2013) British Woodlands 2012: a National Survey of Woodland Owners. Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, August 2013. Download here

Godfray HCJ, Donnelly CA, Kao RR, Macdonald DW, McDonald RA, Petrokofsky G, Wood JLN, Woodroffe R, Young, DB, McLean AR (2013). A restatement of the natural science evidence base relevant to the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain. Proc R Soc B 280: 20131634. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1634) Open Access

Snaddon JL, Petrokofsky G, Jepson P, Willis K (2012) Biodiversity Technologies: Tools as change agents. Biology Letters vol. 9 no. 1 20121029, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.1029

Petrokofsky G, Kanamaru H, Achard F, Goetz SJ, Joosten H, Holmgren P, Lehtonen A, Menton MCS, Pullin AS, Wattenbach M. (2012) Comparison of methods for measuring and assessing carbon stocks and carbon stock changes in terrestrial carbon pools. How do the accuracy and precision of current methods compare? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 1 (6) Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Holmgren P, Brown ND (2011). Reliable forest carbon monitoring – systematic reviews as a tool for validating the knowledge base. International Forestry Review 13 (1), 56-66 Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Brown ND, Hemery GE, et al. (2010). A participatory process for identifying and prioritizing policy-relevant research questions in natural resource management: a case study from the UK forestry sector. Forestry 83, 357-367. Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Mills R (2009). The role of librarians and information specialists in evidence-based forestry. Proceedings of CFM 2009, 13th World Forestry Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Petrokofsky G, Hemery GE, Brown ND (2008). Knowledge feeds decision making. The people’s say in UK forestry. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 102, 221-225.