Rudel, Thomas

I am currently working on two, somewhat separate issues regarding the mitigation of climate change. One involves an NSF funded project on regrowth in tropical pastures in Ecuador (a biocomplexity in the environment grant) with implications for REDD+. The other is a book manuscript on the political sociology of environmental reforms (e.g. reductions in emissions).




Rudel, T.K., Meyfroidt, P., Chazdon, R. et al. Response to “Withering the coloniality of the forest transition?”. Ambio 50, 1765–1766 (2021).

Thomas K. Rudel "Indigenous-Driven Sustainability Initiatives in Mountainous Regions: The Shuar in the Tropical Andes of Ecuador," Mountain Research and Development, 41(1), R22-R28, (14 May 2021)

Schelhas, J., Brandeis, T.J. & Rudel, T.K. Planted forests and natural regeneration in forest transitions: patterns and implications from the U.S. South. Reg Environ Change 21, 8 (2021).

Tseng, TW.J., Robinson, B.E., Bellemare, M.F. et al. Influence of land tenure interventions on human well-being and environmental outcomes. Nat Sustain 4, 242–251 (2021).

Rudel T.K. (2021) Land Use and Land Use Change. In: Schaefer Caniglia B., Jorgenson A., Malin S.A., Peek L., Pellow D.N., Huang X. (eds) Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research. Springer, Cham.

Tapping Into the Environmental Co-benefits of Improved Tropical Forages for an Agroecological Transformation of Livestock Production Systems
Notenbaert, A.M.O. ; Douxchamps, Sabine ; Villegas, Daniel M. ; Arango, Jacobo ; Paul, B.K. ; Burkart, S. ; Rao, Idupulapati ; Kettle, Chris J. ; Rudel, Thomas K. ; Vazquez, Eduardo ; Teutscherova, Nikola ; Chirinda, Ngonidzashe ; Groot, J.C.J. ; Wironen, Michael B. ; Pulleman, M.M. ; Louhaichi, Mounir ; Hassan, Sawsan ; Oberson, Astrid ; Nyawira, Sylvia S. ; Pinares-patiño, Cesar ; Peters, Michael - \ 2021
Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5 (2021). - ISSN 2571-581X

Rudel, T.K. The variable paths to sustainable intensification in agriculture. Reg Environ Change 20, 126 (2020).

Rudel, T.K., Meyfroidt, P., Chazdon, R. et al. Whither the forest transition? Climate change, policy responses, and redistributed forests in the twenty-first century. Ambio 49, 74–84 (2020).

Rudel, T.  The Forest Transition. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. Retrieved 31 Jan. 2022, from

Rudel, T.K. The Extractive Imperative in Populous Indigenous Territories: The Shuar, Copper Mining, and Environmental Injustices in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Hum Ecol 46, 727–734 (2018).

Rudel, T.K. Shocks, states, and societal corporatism: a shorter path to sustainability?. J Environ Stud Sci 9, 429–436 (2019).

Sean Sloan, Patrick Meyfroidt, Thomas K. Rudel, Frans Bongers, Robin Chazdon,
The forest transformation: Planted tree cover and regional dynamics of tree gains and losses, Global Environmental Change, Volume 59, 2019, 101988, ISSN 0959-3780, (

Rudel, T. K. (2019). Shocks, States, and Sustainability: The Origins of Radical Environmental Reforms. Oxford University Press, USA.

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