Francesca joined IFRI in October 2017 after finishing her PhD on how payments for ecosystem services impact social equity at the National University of Singapore. Her background is in environmental conservation and also environment/development economics. She uses a combination of qualitative/quantitative survey techniques and statistical modelling. Previously she has researched into different topics around coupled human and natural systems within Southeast Asia, mainly focusing on Indonesia. Most importantly, Francesca has a keen interest in making sure environmental research has a practical element that can help practitioners.
Her current research with IFRI is working on the McIntire-Stennis funded Incentives or Information project, focusing on Michigan landowners. Within this we are exploring the differences between using financial incentives and active/passive information at motivating landowners to enroll in a forest stewardship program.