Laura F. Kowler, PhD

social equity | forest governance | monitoring and evaluation | impact assessment | responsible and sustainable sourcing practices | supply chain governance

Overview

An interdisciplinary researcher and program manager with a background in environmental sociology and natural resource governance, committed to developing innovative and effective tools for monitoring and evaluation and impact management for food and agricultural supply chains. Twelve years of experience working with rural communities, producer organizations, companies, and government and non-government entities in the tropics to address governance challenges and opportunities around conservation and development, sustainable and responsible supply chains, and participatory planning. Committed to working with organizations and companies to measure impact and develop best practices and metrics to track equitable and sustainable sourcing practices within their supply chains.

Education

PhD, University of Florida, School of Natural Resources & Environment

MSc, University of Florida, School of Natural Resources & Environment

BJA, University of Georgia, Grady College of Journalism

 

Research

​My research focuses on:

  • multi-stakeholder engagement processes;

  • equitable decision-making processes;

  • organizational development;

  • natural resource governance;

  • supply chain governance;

  • responsible and sustainable sourcing practices;

  • impact management

Consulting

I focus on developing research methods and coordinating research projects on equitable benefit-sharing arrangements in the context of low-emissions development programs, working with rural agricultural organizations and communities to capture their perceptions of conservation programs as well as well as working with food companies on standards for responsible and sustainable sourcing practices in addition to impact management.

12

years of professional experience

 

Selected publications (7)

forthcoming

Kowler, L.F. and Larson, A.M.

forthcoming

Kowler, L.F., Ojedo del Arco, A., Larson, A.M.

2018

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Open Access

Larson, A.M.; Libert Amico, A.; Martius, C.; Ravikumar, A.; Tovar, J.G.; Kowler, L.F.; Myers, R.; Rodriguez-Ward, D.; Sanders, A.; Trench, T.; Yang, A.L.; Deschamps, P.R.

CIFOR InfoBrief

2018

Open Access

Sarmiento Barletti, J.P.; Larson, A.M.; Libert Amico, A; Evans, K; Cisneros, N; Durbin, N; Kowler, LF

CIFOR InfoBrief

2016

Open Access

Kowler, L. F., Ravikumar, A., Larson, A.M.

CIFOR Working Paper

2014

Open Access

Kowler, L. F., Gonzales Tovar, J., Ravikumar, R. Larson, A

CIFOR InfoBrief

2013

Open Access

Kowler, L

The University of Florida