Dr Depi Susilawati

Bachelor in Forestry (Gadjah Mada University), M.Sc (Wageningen University), PhD (ANU)

Depi is an Indonesian PhD Scholar at Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University. Under the supervision of Professor Peter Kanowski, her PhD project looks at the implementation of sustainability certification and timber legality verification in Indonesian wood value chains.

She holds a Bachelor degree in Forestry from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. Her Bachelor research looked at the succession of local institutions for community forest development in Indonesia. Afterwards, she obtained her Master degree in Environmental Science from Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands. In her Master thesis, she evaluated the implementation of the Indonesian timber legality verification system in the verified community forests in Java island, which in turn provided a platform for her current PhD research.

Prior to her PhD, she has been working on research and training projects for the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, which collaborated with key international organisations, including MFP (UK-AID), SNV, RECOFTC, GIZ, AHT, and CIFOR-ICRAF. Her research interests are related to sustainable forest management, forest certification, timber legality, community forest, market analysis and development.



Research interests

Thesis title

Timber legality verification in Indonesian market chains

Thesis description

My PhD thesis is looking for the implementation of timber legality verification, which is known as SVLK, in Indonesian market chains. Firstly, I will identify the characteristics of SVLK related to the timber production and trading aspects including its regulations; administration and transporting system; and stakeholder’s involvement and their roles in the chain. Using value-chain as a methodological framework, I will investigate how SVLK is being implemented in different value chains originating from private forests in East Java, plantation and natural forests outside of Java. This investigation will identify chain actors and their roles in the chains; actor interactions and compliance with SVLK. Lastly, I will explore the implications of the results for timber legality policy, instruments and implementation for Indonesia.

Susilawati, D., and Kanowski, P.J., 2021. Sustainability certification and legality verification in Indonesian natural forest-based wood products value chains. International Forestry Review 23 (3): 365-391.

Susilawati, D., Kanowski, P., 2020. Cleaner production in the Indonesian pulp and paper sector: Improving sustainability and legality compliance in the value chain. Journal of Cleaner Production 248: 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119259

Susilawati, D., Kanowski, P., Setyowati, A. B., Resosudarmo, I. A. P. and Race, D., 2019. Compliance of smallholder timber value chains in East Java with Indonesia's timber legality verification system, Forest Policy and Economics, 102: 41-50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2019.02.005. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1389934118303071

Susilawati, D., 2013. 'The Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System (Indo-TLAS) in the Community Forest: An Evaluation of Mandatory Timber Verification and Local Practice', Master Thesis, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Available at: http://edepot.wur.nl/274906

Tutoring for ENVS3041 Managing Forested Landscape at Fenner School of Environment & Society (Semester 1, 2020, 2019)

Demonstrator for ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research at Fenner School of Environment & Society (Semester 2, 2018)