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International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI)

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network examines how governance arrangements affect forests and the people who depend on them. Our goal is to carry out rigorous research that can help policymakers and forest users design and implement improved evidence-based forest policies. Click here to read more about our goals and research design.

The IFRI research program was initiated by Elinor Ostrom in 1992. Elinor Ostrom coordinated IFRI from Indiana University for 14 years. In 2006, IFRIís administrative center moved to the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, where it is currently housed under the coordination of Arun Agrawal.

The IFRI network is comprised of 14 Collaborating Research Centers (CRCs) located around the globe. Our researchers use a common data collection method to ensure that sites can be compared across space and time. Our unique database contains information about biodiversity, livelihoods, institutions, and forest carbon for over 250 sites in 15 countries between 1992 and the present. Click here to read more about our research themes.

Annual IFRI training program

A 9Ė10 week training program in IFRI concepts and methods is held in the fall of each year at one of the two CRCs in the USA, alternating yearly between Indiana University in Bloomington and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The training program consists of three components: seminar sessions introduce participants to IFRIís theoretical foundations, a larger body of work on local resource governance issues, the IFRI instruments and methods used in data collection, principles of research design, basic data analysis, and report-writing. Fieldwork in a forest community provides hands-on training in field methods. Finally, the computer laboratory component covers data entry and database management.

Members of existing CRCs and graduate students at the two universities have priority in enrollment, although other interested individuals are welcome when places are available. The course is being held at the University of Michigan in 2012 and 2014 (contact Arun Agrawal).

Sample syllabi for Michigan can be found here.

Sample syllabi for Indiana can be found here.