Dr Monica Di Gregorio

Dr Monica Di Gregorio


I am an environmental social scientist and an Associate Professor in Environmental Politics and Governance. My current research examines contentious environmental politics and development and is centered on climate change politics and policy, environmental movements and policy networks in the Global South. My current work on climate change policy focuses on policies related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and synergies between climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development in the land use sector. I also have a broader research interest in natural resources governance in the tropics. I am an Research Associate of the Priestley International Centre for Climate and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)  and I am a Senior Associate of the Center for International Forestry Research.

Prior to joining SRI in 2011, I was a fellow in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My work at the LSE focused on activism around forest tenure issues in Indonesia. Before joining the LSE, I worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on institutions and natural resource management with a particular focus on property rights and collective action issues. I have a background in International Development (LSE) and Development Economics (MSc, SOAS) and a regional interest in Southeast Asia.

Research Students

Mireia Pecurul Botines: Explaining different governance patterns of Natura 2000 implementation in forests in Spain (completed 2015)

Emrah Akyuz: Environmental Human Rights and Nuclear Risk Governance: The Case Of The Fukushima (completed 2019)

Marta Gaworek-Michalczenia: Delivering integrated climate change adaptation and resilience programmes: Evaluating adaptive capacity and human well-being outcomes of a complex multi-objective climate-development programme (ESRC White Rose Collaborative Studentship).

Josiane Kakeu: The impact of multiplicity of environmental agreements on REDD+ performance in the Congo Basin: The Case of Cameroon (Commonwealth Scholarship).





  • Co-Director of Sustainability Research Institute

Research interests

Completed Research Projects

Global Comparative Study on REDD+: National REDD+ Processes and Policies (2009-2020)

’International REDD+ Governance’ component of the research project ‘From Climate Research to Action under Multilevel Governance: Building Knowledge and Capacity at Landscape Scale (MLG)’ (2016-2018)

ESRC Future Research Leaders: Multi-level governance, REDD+ and synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation (2014-2016)

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  • PhD, International Development, London School of Economics
  • MSc, Economics with Reference to the Asia Pacific Regions - School of Oriental and African Studies

Professional memberships

  • The International Association for the Study of the Commons - IASC-Commons
  • International Network for Social Network Analysis - INSNA
  • International Society for Ecological Economics
  • Development Studies Association

Student education

I teach on the Environmental Politics and Policy module, the Climate Change: Human and Social Dimensions undergraduate modules and on the Climate Change Mitigation masters module. I have taught also on the Environment and Development Field Course and Environment and Development master level modules.

Research groups and institutes

  • Environment and Development
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability

Current postgraduate researchers

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