Dr Maraseni is currently a Professor in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Economics at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and a senior international scientist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in China. He has over 25 years of research experience in the forestry sector in various countries, and is currently leading several projects funded by Australian, Chinese, Japanese and Norwegian governments, and the World Bank: (1) timber value chain analysis in Vietnam and Laos; (2) development of governance standards for REDD+ in PNG; (3) development of governance standards REDD+ in Nepal; (4) development of governance standards for community based forest management system in Nepal, Bhutan, India and Myanmar; (5) development of forest reference levels for REDD+ in Fiji; (6) comparison of international household carbon emissions; and (7) carbon sequestration potential of different land use systems.
Dr Maraseni has produced over 130 publications including four books. He has received several national and international awards/fellowships including: (1) Research Excellence Award from USQ in 2009 and 2014; (2) Senior International Scientist award from the CAS in 2013; and (3) Climate Change Professional Fellows award from the US State Department 2011. He is an invited speaker to high level policy and research bodies, including UNFCCC (COPs), World Forestry Congress, IUFROs and the US Congress on Climate Change Professional Fellows; the IPCC Soil Data Management Group; and the UN REDD+ Expert Group on Forest Governance Data Collection.
He has co-supervised nine PhD students to completion and currently enjoying editorship with the three international journals.