Gund Fellow, Research Professor, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Lini Wollenberg is an anthropologist and natural resource management specialist concerned with rural livelihoods and the environment. She currently leads a research program on Low Emissions Agricultural Development for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Her work seeks to identify options for reducing the impacts of agricultural development and land use on the climate, while also improving livelihoods for the poor in developing countries.

Prior to joining CCAFS, Lini worked with the Ford Foundation and Center for International Forestry Research. Lini is partial to Asia, especially Indonesian Borneo.

Lini Wollenberg in the News


Wollenberg, E., M. Richards, P. Smith, P. Havlík, M. Obersteiner, F.N. Tubiello, M. Herold, P. Gerber, S. Carter, A. Reisinger, D. van Vuuren, A. Dickie, H. Neufeldt, B.O. Sander, R. Wassmann, R. Sommer, J.E. Amonette, A. Falcucci, M. Herrero, C. Opio, R. Roman-Cuesta, E. Stehfest, H. Westhoek, I. Ortiz-Monasterio, T. Sapkota, M.C. Rufino, P.K. Thornton, L. Verchot, P.C. West, J.-F. Soussana, T. Baedeker, M. Sadler, S. Vermeulen, B.M. Campbell. 2016. Reducing emissions from agriculture to meet the 2°C target. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13340

Ogle SM, Olander L, Wollenberg E, Rosenstock T, Tubiello F, Paustian K, Buendia L, Nihart A, Smith P.  2014. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting agricultural management for climate change in developing countries: providing the basis for action. Global Change Biology, 20: 1–6.

Olander L, Wollenberg E, Tubiello F, Herold M. 2014. Synthesis:  the status and potential for improved agricultural greenhouse gas quantification. Environmental Research Letters 9 075003.

Steenwerth KL, Hodson AK, Bloom AJ, Carter MR, Cattaneo A, Chartres C, Hatfield JL, Henry K, Hopsmans JW, Horwath WR, Jenkins BM, Kebreab E, Leemans R, Lipper L, Lubell MN, Msangi S, Prabhu R, Reynolds MP, Sandoval Solis S, Sischo WM, Springborn M, Tittonell P, Wheeler SM, Wollenberg E, Hopmans JW, Kebreab E, Lipper L, Vermeulen SJ, Jarvis KS, Jackson LE. 2014. Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Research Agenda: Science for Action. Agriculture & Food Security (3)11.

Agrawal A, Wollenberg E, Persha L. Governing Mitigation in Agriculture Forest Landscapes. Lead article of special issue. Accepted, subject to revision. Global Environmental Change.

Edmunds D, Sasser J, Wollenberg E. 2013. A gender strategy for pro-poor climate change mitigation. CCAFS Working Paper no. 36. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Foster K, Neufeldt H, Franks P, Diro R, Munden L, Anand M, Wollenberg E. 2013.  Climate finance for agriculture and livelihoods.  ICRAF Policy Brief.

Harvey, CA, Chacón M, Donatti C, Garen E, Hannah L, Andrade A, Bede L, Brown D, Calle A, Chará J, Clement C, Gray E, Minh HH, Minang P, Rodríguez A, Seeberg-Elverfeldt C, Semroc B, Shames S, Smukler S, Somarriba E, Torquebiau E, van Etten J, Wollenber, E.  2013. Climate-smart Landscapes: Opportunities and Challenges for Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in Tropical Agriculture. Conservation Letters 7(2): 77-90.

Neufeldt H, Jahn M, Campbell C, Beddington JR, DeClerck F, De Pinto A, Hellin J, Herrero M, Jarvis A, LeZaks D, Holger M, Rosenstock T, Scholes M, Scholes R, Vermeulen S, Wollenberg E, Zougmoré R. 2013. Beyond climate-smart agriculture – toward safe operating spaces for global food systems. Agriculture and Food Security 2(12).

Newton P, Agrawal A, Wollenberg E. 2013. Enhancing the sustainability of commodity supply chains in tropical forest and agricultural landscapes. Global Environmental Change 23: 1761-1772.

Newton P, Agrawal A, Wollenberg L. 2013. Interventions for achieving sustainability in tropical forest and agricultural landscapes. CAPRi Working Paper No. 110. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Olander L, Wollenberg E, Tubiello F, Herold M. 2013. Advancing agricultural greenhouse gas quantification.  Environmental Research Letters 8(1): 011002.

Rosenstock T, Rufino M, Butterbach-Bahl K, Wollenberg E. 2013. Toward a protocol for quantifying the greenhouse gas balance and identifying mitigation options in smallholder farming systems. Environmental Research Letters 8.

Shames, S., Wollenberg, E., Buck, L.E., Kristjanson, P., Masiga, M. and Biryahwaho, B. 2012. Institutional innovations in African smallholder carbon projects. CCAFS Report 8. Copenhagen, Denmark: CCAFS. Available online at:

Sheil D, Basuki I, German L, Kuyper TW, Limberg G, Puri RK, Sellato B, van Noordwijk M, Wollenberg E. 2012. Do Anthropogenic Dark Earths Occur in the Interior of Borneo? Some Initial Observations from East Kalimantan. Forestry 3(1).

Wollenberg E, Higman S, Seeberg-Elverfeldt C, Neely C, Tapio-Bistrom ML, Neufeldt H. 2012. Helping smallholder farmers mitigate climate change. CCAFS Policy Brief 5. Copenhagen, Denmark: CCAFS.

Wollenberg E, Herrero M, Wassmann R, Neufeldt H, Vermeulen S, Rosswall T, Campbell B, Hellin J, Jarvis A, Challinor A, Snook L, Smakhtin V, Kinyangi J. 2012. CCAFS Working Paper 29. Setting the agenda: climate change adaptation and mitigation for food systems in the developing world. Copenhagen: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Climate change mitigation, anthropology, natural resource management, international rural livelihoods


  • PhD, Wildland Resource Science, UC Berkeley
  • MS, Wildland Resource Science, UC Berkeley
  • BS, Conservation/Resource Studies, UC Berkeley


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