PhD Student Ashley Enrici Awarded Fulbright Grant for Indonesia Study
The Department of Geographical Sciences congratulates PhD student, Ashley Enrici, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant for her Indonesia project entitled, "Understanding the REDD+ Process in Indonesia: Local Challenges and Opportunities," for the 2013-2014 school year.
Ashley applied for the Fulbright after completing a fellowship last summer at the Universitas Muhammadiah Yogyakarta (UMY) in Indonesia, where she collaborated with researchers, taught a seminar, started learning Bahasa and conducted some preliminary field visits. Said Ashley, "This scholarship will allow me to focus on my research and continue my collaboration with UMY. Many thanks to all the support I have received from my advisor, Klaus Hubacek, and the rest of my committee - Julie Silva, Matt Hansen and Shirley Fiske."
Ashley will research the UN's "-Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation-" (REDD) program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation by making conservation of forests economically viable and desirable. REDD+ is an enhanced version of the global REDD program and includes considerations beyond emissions reduction, including environmental and socioeconomic benefits. Ashley will examine implementation challenges of the REDD+ program via evaluation of current REDD+ projects in Indonesia. She has secured an affiliation with the Jusuf Kalla School of Government at UMY in Yogyakarta. Upon return, Ashley plans to complete her doctoral studies and publish her research in peer reviewed articles.