Political Science Insights on FSC's Barriers and Opportunities

FSC’s Global Strategy calls for the co-creation of new pathways to address the need for a holistic understanding of forests and their values and for more inclusive engagement with people and governments, with the ultimate objective of growing FSC’s reach.  

In this session three (3) research groups from diverse fields will share their insights on the likelihood of countries around the world following FSC’s standards for responsible forest management; findings from a 20-year analysis of how and why governments have supported certification and the factors driving these dynamics; and how FSC can learn from landscape approaches to structure complex inclusive processes that use more than one knowledge base. 

FSC Denmark


Charline Depoorter, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Charline Depoorter is a doctoral researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and at the Division of Bioeconomics, University of Leuven (Belgium). Her research focuses on governance for sustainable development and (non-state) governance of global trade. More specifically, her doctoral research investigates the institutional design and effectiveness of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) as governance tools for sustainable trade.


Axel Marx, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Axel Marx is deputy director at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. His research focuses on global governance, trade policy and Voluntary Sustainability Standards.


Susan Cooper,  King's College London

Susan is a PhD candidate at King's College London, whose research project is investigating corporate commitments around deforestation. She specializes in sustainability and qualitative methods.  


Fritz Kleinschroth, Ecosystem Management, ETH Zürich

Fritz Kleinschroth is a Senior Scientist in the Ecosystem Management group at the Department of Environmental Systems Sciences at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is working on landscape approaches to integrate built infrastructures and forests along rural-urban gradients. He spatially tracks landscape transitions based on maps and remote sensing and analyzes them in the context of social and ecological processes on the ground. He has a critical fascination with the power structures behind maps and aerial images and how they influence sustainability transformations. He holds a PhD in Forestry from Bangor University, UK and Biodiversity and Conservation from AgroParisTech, France

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday 13 October

  • Time: 09:00-10:30

  • Room: Hibiscus & Frangipani  

  • Format: Hybrid

  • Language: English