Javier has extensive fieldwork experience in Brazil, Perú, Bolivia and Ecuador. He holds a Forestry BSc/MSc from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2003), with specialization on Tropical Forestry. In 2009 he gained a PhD in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management from the University of Leon (Spain), obtained while working for the EU-funded project “Forest management by small farmers in the Amazon. An opportunity to enhance forest ecosystem stability and rural livelihoods” (ForLive).

Relevant publications authored externally to SEI

Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters

  • Godar, J., Tizado, E.J., Pokorny, B., Johnson, J. (2012). Typology and characterization of Amazon colonists: a case study along the Transamazon Highway. Human Ecology, 40, 251-267
  • Godar, J., Tizado, E.J., Pokorny, B. (2012). Who is responsible for deforestation in the Amazon? A spatially explicit analysis along the Transamazon Highway in Brazil. Forest Ecology and Management, 267, 58–73
  • Godar, J. and Pokorny, B. (2009). El papel del bosque en el desarrollo rural: el caso de los pequeños productores de Medicilandia. In Pokorny B., Montero I. and Montero J.C. (eds): Productores familiares, bosques amazónicos y su potencial para el desarrollo rural. EU-ForLive project. University of Freiburg.


  • Pokorny, B., Godar, J., Hoch, L., Johnson, J., De Koning, J., Medina, G., Steinbrenner, R.,Vos, V.,Weigelt, J.(2010): A produção familiar como alternativa de um desenvolvimento sustentável para a Amazônia. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, 174p.