Depi Susilawati

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

Depi is an Indonesian PhD scholar at Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University.

Supervised by Professor Peter Kanowski, her PhD research will be focused on forest policy and governance particularly in timber legality verification in Indonesian market chains.

She received the degree of Bachelor of Forestry at Gadjah Mada University, in 2007. Her first research topic was a phenomenology study which analysed the social institution regeneration related to community forest development in Indonesia. Afterwards, she completed a Master of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) in the Netherlands in 2013. Her Master thesis was aimed at evaluating the implementation of Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System (Indo-TLAS), commonly known as SVLK, in the verified community forests in Java Island.

Before she started her PhD in February 2016, Depi has been working with international projects which collaborated with MFP3, UK-AID, RECOFTC, GIZ and SNV Netherlands. Her expertise is related to timber legality verification, forest certification, sustainable forest management, and forestry entrepreneurship 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., 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.

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. Available at:

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:

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)