Eastin Office 2014aIvan Eastin

Professor and Acting Director
Box 352100
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2100
phone 206-543-1918; fax 206 685-3091


Ivan Eastin studies the ways that forest products are traded throughout the world, looking at both marketing strategies and the dynamics of international trade. Domestically, his research has been focused on promoting the adoption of green building materials in the residential construction industry. Internationally, he works to understand how trade policies affect the international trade of wood products, including illegally harvested forest products. And in the tropics, he studies strategies to more effectively market non-timber forest products and lesser-known timber species as a component of sustainable forest management. He is a professor and the Director of the Center for International Trade of Forest Products in addition to serving as the Faculty Leader for the Peace Corps Master’s International graduate programs in International Forestry and Natural Resource Management. He is a veteran of the US Army, has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia and was a Fulbright Scholar with the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana in Kumasi. While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia (1985-87), Ivan taught classes in wood science and technology at the University of Liberia in Monrovia. He also managed the USAID Small Project Assistance Fund for Peace Corps Liberia. His secondary projects included helping to set up a small retail business focused on selling local handicrafts including an amazing array of intricate wood sculptures carved by the residents living in the Masating Leper Colony in Liberia. As a Fulbright scholar in Kumasi, Ivan conducted his doctoral research looking at how a potential boycott of tropical timber within the EU might affect sawmill strategies in Ghana.



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