Dr Agata A. Konczal is a Researcher at the European Forest Institute (Bonn) since October 2017. She has a background in humanities and social science and holds a PhD in social and cultural anthropology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Her specialisation lies in environmental anthropology, political ecology, environmental history and in particular in forest anthropology. Agata main research interests are studies on perception, understanding and use of forests by different social groups, various approaches to, and interpretations of nature protection (e.g. within rewilding projects), and interdisciplinary research relating to forest and environmental topics. In 2014, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and 2015 and 2016 at the Aarhus University, where she worked with Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene Team under supervision of prof. Anna Tsing. Agata has authored more than 25 publications in English and Polish and has given more than 30 academic presentations. At European Forest Institute she is responsible for the facilitation of the European Policy Network ‘Integrate’ and she has been involved in projects including INFORMAR, FoReSite, SINCERE and CLEARING HOUSE. In 2018-2020 she was one of the main organisers of the Bialowieza Science Initiative. Since December 2019 she acts as a Team Leader of ‘European Governance and Society’ Team within Governance Programme, EFI Bonn.
Key topics: environmental anthropology, political ecology, environmental humanities, environmental discourses, integrated forest management.