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Dr. Gillian Petrokofsky


June 2012
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Gill’s research focusses on the quality of evidence for science-policy dialogue and for constructing relevant research agendas. Other sectors have well-established procedures for using systematic, evidence-informed approaches to science-policy dialogue. These include Health Care (Cochrane Collaboration), Social Welfare (Campbell Collaboration),  and Environmental Conservation (Collaboration for Environmental Evidence – CEE). Her research aims to draw on their experiences to examine the potential for establishing a similar ‘collaboration without walls’ to prioritize and produce systematic reviews and improve the quality of the natural resources science that informs policy.

Current Research

Gill is leading a collaborative project co-ordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to use information management tools and technologies to extend stakeholder engagement mechanisms to identify policy priorities in forest science and to improve the quality of science for policy. Building on work for the UN-REDD programme to explore the potential for systematic reviews, for validating the evidence base for carbon stock assessment under the REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) process, the CIFOR work will aim to establish a mechanism for introducing evidence-informed frameworks to determine policy questions for which high-quality, unbiased evidence is needed and to establish a series of review teams to carry out systematic reviews on these topics.


Randalls S, Petrokofsky G (2014) Saws, sonar and submersibles: expectations of/for underwater logging. Geoforum 52, 216–225.(doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.12.010).

Savilaakso, S, Garcia, C, Garcia-Ulloa, J, Ghazoul, J, Groom, M, Guariguata, MR, Laumonier, Y, Nasi, R, Petrokofsky, G, Snaddon, J, Zrust, M (2014) Systematic review of effects on biodiversity from oil palm production. Environmental Evidence, 3:4  (doi:10.1186/2047-2382-3-4). Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Hemery GE, Brown ND (2013). Matching a scientific knowledge base with stakeholders’ needs: the T10Q project as a case study for forestry. Forest Policy and Economics 37, 29-36.  (doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2012.05.005)

Sayer J, Byron N, Petrokofsky G (Editors) (2013). Sustainable Forests. ISBN: 978-1-84407-852-3, Earthscan Reference Collections, Routledge

Nicholls D, Young M, Hemery GE, Petrokofsky G, Yeomans A. (2013) British Woodlands 2012: a National Survey of Woodland Owners. Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, August 2013. Download here

Godfray HCJ, Donnelly CA, Kao RR, Macdonald DW, McDonald RA, Petrokofsky G, Wood JLN, Woodroffe R, Young, DB, McLean AR (2013). A restatement of the natural science evidence base relevant to the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain. Proc R Soc B 280: 20131634. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1634) Open Access

Snaddon JL, Petrokofsky G, Jepson P, Willis K (2012) Biodiversity Technologies: Tools as change agents. Biology Letters vol. 9 no. 1 20121029, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.1029

Petrokofsky G, Kanamaru H, Achard F, Goetz SJ, Joosten H, Holmgren P, Lehtonen A, Menton MCS, Pullin AS, Wattenbach M. (2012) Comparison of methods for measuring and assessing carbon stocks and carbon stock changes in terrestrial carbon pools. How do the accuracy and precision of current methods compare? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 1 (6) Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Holmgren P, Brown ND (2011). Reliable forest carbon monitoring – systematic reviews as a tool for validating the knowledge base. International Forestry Review 13 (1), 56-66 Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Brown ND, Hemery GE, et al. (2010). A participatory process for identifying and prioritizing policy-relevant research questions in natural resource management: a case study from the UK forestry sector. Forestry 83, 357-367. Open Access

Petrokofsky G, Mills R (2009). The role of librarians and information specialists in evidence-based forestry. Proceedings of CFM 2009, 13th World Forestry Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Petrokofsky G, Hemery GE, Brown ND (2008). Knowledge feeds decision making. The people’s say in UK forestry. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 102, 221-225.