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Carsten Smith-Hall

Carsten Smith-Hall


Carsten Smith-Hall (previously Smith Olsen) is Professor in Forest and People in Developing Countries. He is responsible for the global PhD programme Forest and Nature for Society (, the European MSc programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (, and the University of Copenhagen MSc course in Forests and Livelihoods. He is a strong advocate of internationalisation of university teaching and a pioneer in the development and application of use of technology in teaching (e-learning).

In research Carsten Smith-Hall has directed several international and interdisciplinary programmes and published in both natural and social science journals. His research is particularly focused on (i) forest - livelihood relationships, including the role of forests in preventing and reducing poverty, (ii) forests and human health, in particular the role of forests in maintaining and improving welfare in developing countries through the provision of traditional medicines, and (iii) commercial utilisation of Himalayan biodiversity, with emphasis on trade and conservation of medicinal plants. He is Associate Editor for the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management ( and member of the World Conservation Union's Medicinal Plant Specialist Group.

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