Graham Sustainability Institute

Ivan Eastin

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Research Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Environment and Sustainability

Ivan Eastin’s research interests incorporate a philosophy of innovation and new ways of considering sustainability challenges. Internationally, his research focuses on understanding how trade policies, including timber legality regulations, influence the trade of sustainably and legally harvested wood products. His research focuses on identifying the factors that drive the use of illegally harvested timber, particularly within the wooden furniture industries in China and Vietnam. Domestically, Eastin's research focuses on the process of innovation and evaluating the factors that influence the introduction and adoption of new wood products, including mass timber products such as thermally modified wood and cross-laminated timber. He also works with Native American communities to improve their capacity to promote sustainability and innovation in their forest management practices.  

Prior to coming to UM in 2017, Ivan served as a professor and the Director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. He also served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of the Environment at UW, was the faculty leader for the Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry and Sustainable Resource Management and he was named a CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow by the President of the University of Washington. Ivan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wood science and technology from Michigan Technological University (1983, 1985) and his doctorate degree in forest products marketing from the University of Washington (1992). He was a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana (1989-90), a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia (1985-87) and served in the US Army (1976-79).

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

Decent Work and Economic GrowthSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionLife on LandPartnerships for the Goals