Pushpendra Rana is a postdoctoral research scholar working with Dr. Daniel Miller in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a geographer with experience using advanced spatial analytical techniques including spatial econometric and matching-based statistical approaches to explore his research objectives in the field of environmental governance in human-dominated landscapes.
His work focuses on the study of coupled human-forest interactions, policy evaluation, and operationalization of the notion of geographic space in analytical problems. His previous work includes impact evaluation of forest certification in Indonesia, Gabon, and Brazil, and exploration of the social impacts of REDD+ (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) in Indonesia (Kalimantan) and Zambia. Currently, he is compiling and analyzing socio-economic and biophysical data relating to forest conservation and management in the context of United States and other countries. The objective of this research is to develop and empirically validate a set of predictive proxy indicators to help track the longer-term impacts of policies and programs relating to forest and on-farm tree conservation and management. He has extensive research experience using social and ecological data to understand human-forest interactions in India, alongside 11 years of field experience with the Indian Forest Service.