Resource Person > Dr. Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt

Geographer and fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, is a CIM-Integrated Expert at the Centre of Mountain Ecosystem Studies, PH.D supervisor at Heidelberg University in Germany and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand, as well as a research Professor of World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Kunming Office at the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He was previously affiliated for seven years as Associate Professor with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, and before that as Senior Lecturer with the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University, Germany. He obtained his doctoral and postdoctoral degrees at Heidelberg University, Germany, and has 30 years of research experience in the Himalayan region and in Southeast Asia. His research interests include forest management, agro-forestry and forest-farming interactions, biodiversity conservation, land use change, and development studies. He has focused especially on the study of traditional land use systems, such as shifting cultivation, on forests in mountainous areas of Asia, and on the role of secondary forests in landscapes and livelihoods.

Since joining the ICRAF Kunming Office at Kunming Institute of Botany in 2009 , he has involved in trans-boundary projects in the Mekong region which focus on developing biodiversity and carbon assets in multifunctional landscapes, on the impact of REDD+ policies on forests and livelihoods, and on agroforestry systems with nitrogen-fixing tree species. He has published extensively in a wide range of international journals, especially in Mountain Research and Development, the Journal of Tropical Forest Science, Forest Ecology and Management, Regional Environmental Change, and the Journal of Environmental Management. At Heidelberg University and at AIT, he has acquired extensive experience in teaching and supervising Master and PhD students. During his time at AIT he has built up an extensive regional of colleagues and former students all over the Mekong region. He also has extensive experience in capacity building for academic institutions in Southeast Asia, helping to develop curricula on Natural Resources Management for Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, National University of Laos, Hanoi Agricultural University, and Andalas University, Indonesia.

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