Maria Brockhaus is Professor of International Forest Policy at the University of Helsinki, Finland, since November 2016. Her background is in forest and environmental policy and agricultural economy. In her research, she focusses on questions of political economy, policy change, and policy networks. A large part of her research is concerned with forests’ role in climate change mitigation and adaptation at the interfaces of research-development, and economics-policy in Anglo- and francophone countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Before she joined the University of Helsinki, she was a Senior Scientist at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) where she had been leading the policy component in CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study (GCS) on REDD+ since 2009. Understanding what enables (and hinders) transformational change in and beyond the forestry sector is truly fascinating to her – especially when dissecting politics and power in highly contested policy arenas.