Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil Palm Research (SEnSOR)
The SEnSOR programme is an integrated multi-disciplinary research project designed to fill key knowledge gaps in testing and developing criteria for sustainability in oil palm agriculture.
The Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil Palm Research (SEnSOR) programme is testing the impacts of the Roundtable on Sustainable palm Oil (RSPO), the major certification standard for sustainable palm oil. We are testing whether RSPO standards are achieving the aim of improving the sustainability of palm oil production. The SEnSOR team includes experts from the environmental and social sciences enabling us to test impacts across the full spectrum of issues that contribute to sustainability.
Aims and objectives
Our research is highly policy-relevant. We are quantifying the level of impact that the RSPO is having on key aspects of sustainability such as biodiversity conservation and smallholder livelihoods, and also providing solutions and recommendations where improvements are required. We produce accessible, easy-to-digest reports of our findings to ensure the information is readily available to inform policy development.
- Prof Jane Hill (Principal Investigator)
- Prof Jane Hill (Department of Biology, University of York)
- Dr Sarah Scriven (Department of Biology, University of York)
University of Oxford
National Agency for Research and Innovation,Indonesia
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
To view the research outputs of this project visit the SEnSOR Reports webpage