School of Earth and Environment

Monica Di Gregorio Dr Monica Di Gregorio

Lecturer: Environmental Politics & Governance

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31592
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Room: 11.111

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am an environmental social scientist and a Lecturer 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. My work on climate change policy focuses on developing countries and policies related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation in the land use sector. I also have a broader research interest in natural resources governance.

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.


MSc in Economics with Reference to the Asia Pacific Regions - School of Oriental and African Studies

PhD in International Development - London School of Economics


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

Research Interests

Current 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)

Completed Research Projects

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

Areas for PhDs supervision

I welcome queries on doctoral dissertation projects on topics such as:

  • Climate Change Politics, Policy and Governance
  • Environmental Politics
  • Environmental Social Movements
  • Environmental Policy Networks
  • Institutions and Common-pool Resources

Research Students

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

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).

Emrah Akyuz: Environmental Human Rights and Nuclear Risk Governance: The Case Of The Fukushima

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

Dario Zambrano Cortes: Is Colombia on the right track? Progress of REDD+ policymaking and implementation in Colombia.