International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions Research Network is a unique group of researchers working on forest governance and livelihoods. It focuses on data collection and analysis across multiple international settings at the local-level, using both social and ecological data collected at several points in time. It aims to explain how institutions shape forest governance outcomes.

Founded in 1992 at Indiana University under the leadership of Elinor Ostrom, the network is currently housed at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, with Arun Agrawal as its coordinator. It is built around links among fourteen Collaborative Research Centers in 12 countries.

IFRI has sponsored multiple research projects on community-based natural resource management, decentralization, and environmental governance with the help of funds from the FAO, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the NSF, the UNDP, the USAID, and the WWF. With the cooperation of its CRCs, affiliated researchers, students, and training programs, the network has collected data on nearly 1,000 variables from approximately 300 sites. Network members meet at biennial IFRI meetings, and a steering committee is charged with policy decisions related to network functioning. For more information about the network, view this presentation about IFRI . To learn how to get involved, visit the IFRI Web site or contact Arun Agrawal at