Professor Paxie Wanangwa Chirwa is the SAFCOL Forest Chair & Director of the Forest Science Postgraduate Programme in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria. He is a forest scientist and specialises in socio-ecological systems in forests; agroforestry; and social or community forestry. His research group works on a range of projects in remote regions of South Africa and other forest ecosystem in Africa including the Miombo dry forest and woodlands of southern Africa. The research aims to understand the link between people and natural resource governance, the use of resources, and interventions that will successfully promote sustainable forest management. This includes a focus on the drivers of change in land cover and the modelling of carbon dynamics in natural woodland systems and forest plantations, and evaluation of the models used for future engagement in forest lands under claim. He has published widely in his field and has recently acted as guest editor for three special issues of forestry journals, namely the International Forestry Review, Agroforestry Systems and Southern Forest: A Journal of Forest Science.