Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)

Project Group C - Human dimensions

In Phase 2, the scientific projects (SPs) in Project Group C will strengthen the impact analyses of the observed land-use changes by focusing more explicitly on socioeconomic inequality as well as spatial and temporal heterogeneity. Further, all projects of Project Group C will study how human welfare in their various dimensions may be improved through institutional adjustments.
The six SPs follow the successful complementary methodological approach of Phase 1 by concentrating on different levels of analysis, starting from the micro-farm and household level up to the macro-national and international levels (see figure below). Quantitative and qualitative tools are developed, applied and adapted to the specific Indonesian context. While some of the projects use structured surveys and econometric techniques for data analysis (C01, C04 and C07), others use economic field experiments (C04, C06 and C08), village and household case studies and participatory approaches (C02), as well as stakeholder interviews (C01 and C02).
For data collection in Phase 2, the SPs build on the joint sampling framework successfully developed and used in Phase 1 (see figure at bottom). Representative village and household level panel data will be compiled. The panel structure is particularly advantageous to analyse and understand the socioeconomic trends, the evolution of institutional frameworks, and dynamics of people’s land-use decisions (temporal heterogeneity).