Dr Rachel Carmenta BSc PhD


  • Frank Jackson Research Fellow, CU Department of Geography, Conservation Research Institute & Wolfson College

Rachel is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist interested in the socio-political dimensions of tropical forest conservation. Her entry point has been tropical fire - assessing and explaining fire policy performance in the shifting cultivation landscapes of the Brazilian Amazon, and in the peatland frontiers of Indonesia. Rachel’s current research centres on the comparative performance of a suite of interventions at the forest agricultural nexus, with a particular focus on human wellbeing. Rachel is a Frank Jackson Research Fellow at Wolfson College based at the University of Cambridge Conservation Institute(UCCRI) and the department of Geography. Before joining UCCRI, Rachel was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) where she led a research project contributing a human dimension to understanding the performance of fire management policy in Indonesia's oil palm frontiers.