Laura F. Kowler, PhD

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


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.


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



​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


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.


years of professional experience


Selected publications (7)


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


Open Access

Journal Article

Kowler, Laura F., Arun Kumar Pratihast, Alonso Pérez Ojeda del Arco, Anne M. Larson, Christelle Braun, and Martin Herold



Open Access

Policy Brief

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


Open Access

Policy Brief

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

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Open Access

Working Paper

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

CIFOR Working Paper


Open Access

Policy Brief

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

CIFOR InfoBrief


Open Access


Kowler, L

The University of Florida