Meet our Peruvian PhD student working on international forest policy

My name is Fredy Polo and I have started working as a Research Associate at the Tropical Forest Chair of the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products from 1 April 2021. As part of this position I will join the newly constituted Research Group “International Forest Governance and Multilateralism” to work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lukas Giessen and Dr. Sarah Burns developing research on regional forest regimes in cooperation with international organisations as part of my PhD project entitled: “Foreign forest affairs – Knowledge and power in international regime governance initiatives”.

©Fredy Polo

Before joining TUD, I worked as a junior researcher at the European Forest Institute, where I developed research focused on analysing the effectiveness of international forest policies in cooperation with relevant stakeholders; and as a research assistant at the University of Göttingen, where I analysed forest policies of international regimes. However, before coming to Germany to study for my master’s degree and orient my career to the global arena, I also worked for seven years in Latin America developing research on tropical forestry and regional and national forest policy. Right after finishing my degree at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, I worked for a private company as a field manager of commercial forest plantations established on the Atlantic coast and in degraded areas of the Amazon region. Subsequently, I developed empirical research for international research centres (i.e., CIFOR, ICRAF and Bioversity International) to inform national and international decision-making processes such as those related to the new Peruvian forestry law and the Latin American Restoration Initiative 20×20. I then moved to the Amazon region to work for CINCIA-Wake Forest University managing research plots for restoration purposes in areas degraded by gold mining operations, and conducting research on these plots in collaboration with various organisations. Finally, before moving to Germany, I worked as a technical advisor for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to support Peruvian governmental institutions in fulfilling their international environmental commitments.

Following the experience gained through my work in the private sector, academia and international cooperation, my professional interests are now focused on the study of international environmental governance and forest landscape restoration, as I strongly believe that both topics have the potential to contribute to the sustainable development of societies. Finally, my favourite hobbies are practising capoeira, hiking in the forest and, of course, spending time with my family and my newborn daughter. So, if you are interested in the topics I have mentioned or want to plan an interesting chat between us or a visit to the Saxon Forest, you are more than welcome to contact me via my institutional email ( or my LinkedIn account. Greetings TUD community! I look forward to meeting you soon in person or virtually!

By Fredy Polo

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