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Purabi Bose

Purabi Bose
Interconnecting forest policy with social, political ecology, and communication dimensions of tropical forest and land-use governance for Indigenous peoples, local communities, women, and multi-stakeholders across the globe.


I am an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Forest Policy in the Faculty of Forest Sciences, based in Alnarp, my humble goal is to work towards an equitable field for multi-stakeholders in forested landscapes. 


Course Leader SG0277 a new International MSc Euroforester course: Global Forests and Land-use Decisions, 7.5 ECTS, Dec 2022-Jan 2023.

This course syllabus design integrates renowned global experts from diverse disciplines and geographical and institutional setups. Each expert brings their experience and perspective of stakeholder decision-making for forest tenure and land-use changes highlighting mainly the Global South with some European contexts.  Read the blog related to the course: Forest roots for global north-south bridge 

Course Leader PFS0184 a new International Ph.D. course: Communicating Forests and Land-Use Research in Popular Science, 4 ECTS (Nov'22-Jan'23).

The course aims to enhance the competence of Ph.D. candidates to creatively use relevant communication and select tools print, audio-visual, and multi-media to convey their forests and land-use science to a diverse audience. Read the blog related to the course: Popular science communication forest research 


Course Co-coordinator & teacher SLU-40101 International B.Sc. Forests and Landscape, entitled: Environmental Discourse and Communications, 15 ECTS.  



A bottom-up approach by engaging local communities in framing the research agenda is what I strive for in all my scientific work. 

By interlinking human rights dimensions to forests, land tenure reforms, commons, forest food, land-use change, and climate, I strategically use social science and political ecology research in examining the complexities of implementation of forest policy to recognize access-rights, citizenship, and 'forest governmentality'. 

My scientific focus on a rights-based approach using a diverse range of strategic creative multi-media communication outputs, research ethics, and interdisciplinary sciences aim to enhance the societal relevance of research. Collaborative case studies and empirical qualitative studies through strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships are promoted for meaningful forest policy dialogue and sustainable practices.

Current Projects at SLU 

[4] 2023-25. The return of wetland forests: Improving biodiversity while restoring carbon sink (Sweden). Formas 2022. Co-applicant. 

[3]   2023.   Wisdom in Forest and Land-use Governance: A Case Study of Dayak Indigenous peoples (Indonesia). B.E. donationsfond 2022. Principal applicant. 

[2]    2022-23.    Whose voice? Sámi (Sweden) and Maldhari (India) Indigenous Pastoralists’ Sustainable Land and Food Governance. SLU Global 2022. Principal Investigator (PI)

[1]     2021-22   Tropical forests and land-use decisions of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. Case studies from  India, Cambodia, and Indonesia. SLU Global 2021. PI.




My international forests and people-related volunteer cooperations are with

Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) as a newly appointed International Fellow (November 2023) in the Academy's General section.  

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO): various below duties

  • IUFRO Voting Board Member (2022-ongoing)
  • Coordinator of Division 6 Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry  (2022-ongoing)
  • Coordinator of Working Party 6:08:01 Gender in Forest Research  (2022-ongoing)
  • Scientific Committee Member of World Congress 2024, Stockholm, Sweden 
  • Scientific Committee Member of South Asia Conference 2023, Dehradun, India 
  • Honors and Awards Committee Member (2020-2022)
  • Co-Coordinator of Division 6 Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry  (2024 onward)

IUCN, Member of Commissions (2021-ongoing)

  • Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP), and
  • Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)


  • Advisory Group Member Focali - Forest, Climate, and Livelihood Network (2023-ongoing)



To SLU, I bring interdisciplinary academic and evidence-based empirical fieldwork expertise on issues related to collective forest and land tenure rights, climate change, food and nutrition security in countries from Latin America, East Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.  

My work experience and professional affiliations have contributed to tropical forests and people science working with a diverse range of stakeholders and institutions such as listed below:  

2021-till now: academia (SLU, Sweden); 2016-2020: Independent filmmaker, facilitator, and author (UN FAO, UNAM - India, Mexico, Uganda); 2013-15: International research institute (CIAT CGIAR, Colombia); 2012: Policy institute (Germany); 2008-2011: Doctoral Fellowship (the Netherlands); 2006-07: various consultancies (Brazil, Zimbabwe); 2002-05: International research institute (CIFOR CGIAR, Indonesia); 2001-02: Consultancy (multilateral agencies in Nepal); 2000: Philantrophy (Tata Trust, India) 1998-2000: Non-Governmental Organizations (Pratham, and NMSWDF, India


Communicating Forest and People Science

I ventured to become a filmmaker to creatively communicate scientific stories by amplifying the voices of the forest-dependent Indigenous peoples'. As a producer and director, my films have been self-financed through an initiative 'Landing Together'. The short and feature-length films are screened at various film festivals, invited screenings with talk, and used by universities as higher education course resource materials. You may refer to my documentary films on forests, land use, and Indigenous peoples via 


  • 2012. Ph.D. titled ‘Forest Rights’; Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
  • 1997.  M.A. in Social Science; Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), India.
  • 1995.  B.Sc. in Human Development; Mumbai University, India.      
  • 1992.  H.Sc. in Home Science (Food Biochemistry, Textile Chemistry); SNDT, India 

Alumna of

  • 2004 Beahrs Environmental Leadership, University of Berkeley, California
  • 2003 Monitoring & Assessment of Biodiversity, Smithsonian Institute, Virginia

Selected publications


International Scientific Keynote Speeches (forests and people science)

[2]   2019   Bose, P. Keynote speech presented at the 25th International Union of Forest Research Organizations IUFRO World Congress in Curitiba, Brazil. The talk was titled: Communicating with 'people' in scientific forestry discourse

[1]  2014   Bose, P. Keynote presented for Dejusticia’s International Human Rights Advocates Meeting, Bogota, Colombia. The talk was titled: Governing forests and people in the conflict areas


Editor of Special Issue for Peer-Reviewed International Journals

[4] Call for papers (tbp 2024), M. Larrson, Bose, P., Fernandez, R., Jandl, R. (Eds) Forest Science Navigating Sustainable Development - A Third Task.  Trees Forests and People. Open Access.                     

[3]  2017   Bose, P. (Ed.) Latin American women’s access to farmland and communal forests. Special Section in Women’s Studies International Forum, 65  

[2]   2017   Bose, P. (Ed.) Climate adaptation: Marginalized populations and vulnerable regions. Climate and Development, (s1) Virtual Special Issue 

[1]   2016   Ravera, F., I. Iniesta-Arandia, B. Martín-López, U. Pascual, and P. Bose. (Eds). Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. Ambio 45, Supplement 3


Books and edited volumes

[5]    Forthcoming   Bose, P.   Acknowledging Indigenous Knowledge. Voices of Tropical Forest People. Francis and Taylor Group

[4]    2018    Zuria, A. Vasquez, V., Bose, P. Velazquez, M., (Eds.).   Género, Energía y Sustentabilidad. (Gender, Energy and Sustainability). UNAM-CRIM Publisher, Mexico ISBN 978-607-30-0999-7 (in Spanish Language)     

[3]    2016    Bose, P., van Dijk, H. (Eds.).   Dryland Forests: Management, Gender and Social Diversity in Asia and Africa. Switzerland, Springer Publisher. ISBN 978-3-319-19405-9. 

[2]    2014     Bose, P., Savyasachi. (Eds.).   Landscaping Actually: Forests to Farms through a Gender Lens.  Photo and Story E-Book on Forest, Land, and Gender. CGIAR, Forest, Trees and Agroforestry. Cali, Colombia. 

[1]    2012    Bose, P.   Forest rights: The micro-politics of decentralisation and forest tenure reform in tribal India. Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Pages xvi+185. ISBN 978-94-6173-273-6. OA


Peer-reviewed articles

[11] 2023  Bose, P.  Equitable Land-Use Policy? Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Mining-Induced Deforestation. Land Use Policy, 129: 106648 

[10] 2019   Bose, P. Oil Palm vs. Shifting Cultivation for Indigenous Peoples: Analyzing Mizoram’s New Land Use Policy. Land Use Policy, 81: 115-123

[9]   2017    Bose, P. Land tenure and forest rights of rural and indigenous women in Latin America: Empirical research. Women’s Studies International Forum, 65: 1-8. 

[8]   2017    Bose, P., et al. Women’s rights to land and communal forest tenure: A way forward for research and policy agenda in Latin America. Women’s Studies International Forum, 65: 53:60. 

[7]   2017   Bose, P. Climate adaptation: Marginal populations in the vulnerable regions. Climate and Development, 9 (6): 575-578.

[6]   2016   Ravera, F., I. Iniesta-Arandia, B. Martín-López, U. Pascual, and P. Bose. Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. AMBIO 45 (S3): 235-247.

[5]    2015   Bose, P. India’s dryland agroforestry: A ten-year analysis of gender and social diversity, tenure and climate variability. International Forestry Review 17 (S4): 82-97. 

[4]   2014  Bose, P. and van der Meulen, B. The law to end hunger now: Food sovereignty and genetically modified crops in tribal India – a socio-legal analysis. Penn State Law Review, 118 (4): 893-918. 

[3]   2013   Bose, P. Individual tenure rights, citizenship and conflicts: outcomes from tribal India’s forest governance. Forest Policy and Economics, 33: 71-79.

[2]  2012  Bose, P., Arts, B., van Dijk, H. ‘Forest governmentality’: A genealogy of subject-making of forest-dependent ‘Scheduled Tribes’ in India. Land Use Policy 29 (3): 664-673.

[1]   2011  Bose, P. Forest tenure reform: Exclusion of tribal women's rights in semi-arid Rajasthan, India. International Forestry Review, 13 (2): 220-232.

Book Chapters

[4]   2023  Bose, P.  Films as human rights: through a lens of Indigenous Peoples’ forest food. In B. Wernaart (Ed.), Applied Human Rights. Netherlands, Wageningen Academic Publishers

[3]  2020    Bose, P. Forest foods for tribal in selected regions of India and their sustainability. In J. Prakash, V. Waisundara, and V. Prakash (Eds.) Nutritional and Health Aspects of Food in South Asian Countries. Elsevier Vol. 9 ISBN: 9780128200117

[2]  2019  Bose, P. India’s right to food act: Human rights for tribal communities’ forest food. In Urazbaeva, A., et al (Eds), The Functional Field of Food Law. European Institute Food Law Series 11, Wageningen Academic Publishers. DOI 10.3920/978-90-8686-885-8_3

[1]  2016  van Dijk, H., and Bose, P. Dryland landscapes: Forest management, gender and social diversity in Asia and Africa. In Bose, P. and van Dijk, H. Dryland Forests. Pp: 3-21 


Popular Science 

News Article for SLU

[1] 2022 Bose, P. Forest Faculty (S-Fak) webpage: Forest Roots for Global North-South Bridge

[2] 2023 Bose, P. Forest Faculty (S-Fak) webpage: Popular Science Communicating Forest Research 


Print journalistic article     

[4]  2022  Bose, P. Recognition: How to keep Biocultural Diversity alive? In Terralingua

[3]  2018  Bose, P. No country for women: The dark side of oil palm plantation in Mizoram.  In 

[2]  2018  Bose, P. Women are the guardians of the forest. So why does India ignore them in its policies?  In 

[1]  2016  Bose, P. The hipsters hunger for superfoods is starving India’s adivasis. In 


Filmography as Producer and Director (Forest policy and Indigenous peoples films)

Feature length film

[12]   2018    Bose, P.  Vaña Vaasiyon (Forest Dwellers), 85 min feature film series on the way of living for the Adivasis and the particularly vulnerable tribal groups in diverse forests in India. A Landing Together Film in multilingual 11 languages and dialects covers 12 unique communities of tribal mainland and northeast India.  Watch on 

Short films 

[11]   2018  Bose, P.  Abadiat (submission), 20 min, about tribal women’s land and forest rights. For Landing Together Films 

[10]   2018  Bose, P.  Tasawuff (purity), 22 min, about oil palm vs. shifting cultivation in forest mountains. For Landing Together Films

[9]    2018  Bose, P.  Kabza (tenure), 24 min, on extractives, mining, and deforestation in tribal (Indigenous territories) areas. For Landing Together Films

[8]    2018   Bose, P. Tariqah (path), 20 min, about community forest rights for Indigenous Peoples. For Landing Together Films

[7]   2017   Bose, P.  TARA, Alpinia nigra, 20 min, a film about forest food and impact of displacements and lack of forest tenure. Nominated and screened in various international film festivals. For Landing Together Films

[6]  2016  Bose, P.  Oil Palm: Adivasis and the market, rising issues. 15 min. For United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

[5]   2016   Bose, P.  Black Diamond: When Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) is not respected. 20 min. For United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Rome 

[4]   2016   Bose, P. Empowering Women: Adivasi women’s rights to land breached. 15 min. For United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome 

[3]   2016   Bose, P. Community Forest Rights: Adivasis’ collective rights to save the forest. 15 min. For United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome 

[2]   2015    Bose, P.  Our Forests, Our Rights  8 min about Gond Adivasi, for Oxfam-India

[1]   2011   Bose, P.  Forest Rights  15 min is a short indie docu-film integral part of my Ph.D. thesis, supported by IFS, Sweden

Lead Coordinator of International Conference Sessions (2005-till date 20 lead)

[20] Forthcoming 2024 Bose, P., lead organizer of IUFRO sub-plenary session entitled, Forest Policy and Justifying Role of Science in Tropical Countries: A High-Level Policy Panel Dialogue at the IUFRO World Congress Stockholm

[19] 2023 Bose, P., lead organizer of IUFRO session entitled Governance Issue and Stakeholder Engagement in Forest Landscape Restoration at the Intersectoral Cooperation for Resilient Landscape at ICFRE-IUFRO Symposium 29-30 March, Dehradun

[18]   2019  Bose, P. and Euler, A, lead organizer of IUFRO sub-plenary session on Women in Forest Governance Policy: Asia, Africa and Latin America at the 25th IUFRO World Congress, 1-5 October, Curitiba

[17]   2019  Bose, P. Lead organizer of a multi-stakeholder dialogue on Conservation and Indigenous Peoples for IUCN’s CEESP at the IASC Conference, 1-5 July, Lima

[16]    2017    Bose, P. Lead coordinator Environment and Gender Writeshop in Mexico City organized by UNAM, CRIM and Red de Género, 24-25 October, Mexico City 

[15]   2015   Bose, P.  and van Dijk, H. Lead organizer for Policy Dialogue with CIAT (Cali), African Studies Center (Leiden) and AeGIS for Drylands Dialogue, 20-21 January, Kenya 


International Conference Paper Presentations for a complete list of in-person 100+ invited talks, do refer to my website

[120] Bose, P. Forthcoming 2024. ‘Forest policy and land use decision in the tropics’ IUFRO World Congress, Stockholm, June

[119] Bose, P. Forthcoming 2023  Intersectoral Cooperation for Landscape Resilience Symposium, IUFRO-ICFRE Dehradun, 29-31 March

[108 t0 118] Bose, P. Various presentations in Sweden

[107]  2019   Bose, P. Women in Forest Policy: Empirical Studies from Latin America and Asia, IUFRO, Curitiba, 1-4 October

[106]  2019   Bose, P. Forest Land for Oil Palm Plantations? A case about Indigenous Peoples in NorthEast India, IUFRO, Curitiba, 1-4 October

[105]  2019   Bose, P. India's Right to Food Act: Human Rights for Tribal Communities' Forest Food; funded by IUFRO, Curitiba, 1-4 October

[104]   2019   Bose, P. Forest-based Food Security; funded by Global Harmonization Initiative, Leiden, 24-28 March. 

[103]   2018   Bose, P.  What about women? Indigenous women's collective rights to community lands and forests, World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington, DC., 01 October, 

[102]   2017   Bose, P. Commons Citizenship and Social Inclusion: a conceptual framework; funded by AgriTerra at IASC Commons, Utrecht, July 10-14. 

[101]   2017    Bose, P. Indigenous Peoples and Fragmented Landscapes at the Annual Land & Poverty Conference, the World Bank, Washington DC., March 20-24.

[100]   2016   Bose, P. Minerals and forests: People’s resistance and corporate’s persistence at International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC), Bern, 10-13 May.

[99]    2016   Bose, P. Drylands Forests, WUR, Wageningen, 27 May. 

[98]   2015   Bose, P. Land tenure and livestock for livelihoods of pastoralists at CGIAR, Nairobi, 7 June. 

[97]    2014   Bose, P. Forest tenure, collective rights and gender in India, Uganda and Bolivia, Panel lead, paper, and E-book launch, IUFRO World Congress, Utah, 05-11 October. 

[96]    2014    Bose, P. Vision of indigenous women in context of COP20, Lima, 15-16 July. 

[95]    2014    Bose, P. Food sovereignty and genetically modified crops in rural India: A socio-legal analysis, at the Dickinson Law College, State Park, Pennsylvania, 21-22 March. 


In Media

2019   FIRSTPOST   Online News  Purabi Boses Documentary depicts how forest land diversion for mining has impacted indigenous tribes


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