Cecilia Dank's research focuses on the intersection of community well-being and forest stewardship. Her work has addressed issues in community-based forestry, community-based forest enterprises, communities and carbon markets, forest certification, community-level socioeconomic monitoring, institutions for collaborative management, and the working forest. Cecilia is interested in institutional arrangements for community-based resource management, especially as they affect equity and sustainability in: climate change policies, community-based forestry, and forest carbon.
She advises graduate students in three Rubenstein School graduate concentrations: Environment, Society and Public Affairs (ESPA), Forest and Wildlife Sciences (FWS), and Environment, Thought and Culture (ETC). She seeks to fund and advise graduate research in the following areas:
- Community-based Forestry: Institutions and Research Needs
- Community Forestry and Carbon Markets
- Community-based Wood Biomass Energy
- Community Engagement in Town Forests
- Institutional Issues in Forest Certification and Working Forests
- Social Entrepreneurship in the Natural Resource Sector
Funding for graduate assistantships associated with these projects depends on the success of pending grant applications. Check with Cecilia for the current status of project funding.