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Research Working Group


The Global Peatlands Initiative Research Working Group, co-led by Prof Mark Reed (SRUC) and Dianna Kopansky (UNEP), was established in 2019 (see: Why training peatlands researchers is fundamental to good decision-making for the climate and nature). It aims at building capacity among the peatland research community and identifying international research funding opportunities for peatlands. The goal is to develop a programme of research that can be funded by multiple national funders alongside funding from the international community aligned with the goals of the UN system (leveraging complementary funding where possible), and that is integrated and coordinated at the global scale, enabling the research community to contribute to the global goals of the GPI and draw conclusions from their research of wider international significance.

Get involved

If you are interested in joining this GPI Research Working Group, please contact:

Mark Reed and Fabrice Inkonkoy to access the sign-up form.

The RWG is open to anyone who is involved in generating new knowledge about peatlands, from any career stage or sector. This can include researchers without PhDs and from non-academic institutions from any career stage and discipline.

The RWG network and associated training program is supported by funding from the British Academy.

Global peatland research project catalogue

The RWG is collecting an extensive list of peatland research projects that have been recently funded, or that are under review or in preparation. While the list is not exhaustive, the initiative is an important opportunity for researchers to collaborate with each other around areas of common interest, where relevant, joining forces to integrate work across projects. More than 50 peatland research projects have been identified by members of the Working Group and from online databases. The list of the projects is available here.

Training for researchers by researchers

The Research Working Group is running online training for peatland researchers to help build their capacity, enable interdisciplinary research and help to advance peatlands research, whilst building a network of impactful collaboration across the global peatlands research community. The series kicked off in December 2020 with sessions on research skills and impact.

Recordings of all previous training sessions can be found in a dedicated playlist on the GPI YouTube channel here.

Upcoming training sessions

Previous training sessions

GPI Research Working Group training session: Post-COP27 peatland heritage with the GPI

05 February, 2024

GPI Research Working Group training session: Learning from experience doing peatland research in developing countries

15 May, 2023

GPI Research Working Group training session: Facilitating workshops with local communities

15 May, 2023

GPI Research Working Group training session: How to build networks for impact

30 March, 2023

GPI Research Working Group training session: How to do better peer review and deal with negative feedback: perspectives from an editor, a reviewer and an author

13 February, 2023

GPI Research Working Group training session: Fieldwork safety

19 January, 2023

GPI Research Working Group training session: Communicating complex research simply

14 November, 2022

GPI Research Working Group training session: Evidence synthesis methods

08 November, 2022