Broadly speaking my research focuses on livelihoods in relation to land change processes and climate variability/change – hence often falling in the overlapping areas of this figure. Land use here is used synonymously with the wider “land change” concept incorporating changes in productivity through agricultural intensification processes as well as land degradation processes. I am also interested in related implications of policy aspects, such as climate change mitigation initiatives and rural reforms influencing both land use and livelihoods.
These research perspectives were at the centre of my PhD work on post reform land productivity and land degradation in Inner Mongolia, China, using a mixed methods approach, and the following postdoc research carried out at McGill University, Montreal.
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Land Use Change is the central focus of the LUsTT project (Land Use Today and Tomorrow) through which my present research is mainly funded. The aim of this project is to analyze the multiple natural and societal factors that determine land use as a basis for exploring alternative plausible land use futures and associated risks. The context is the multiple demands on land services illustrated by recent years price increases for a wide range of staple foods particularly cereals. As an example we study the role of an increasing demand for biofuels and related feedstock, regarded as a contested approach to reduce fossil fuel use, within the project. This work includes analyzing European /Swedish policies on renewable energy, focusing on impacts of EU initiated certification schemes for sustainable biofuels. Farmers’ perspectives of yield gaps, the latter applied to a case area in Cameroon, is another approach we apply in the regional African focus of the project while stakeholder dialogs for scenario processes for global land use modeling is also part of LUCSUS work.
The climate vulnerability aspects and the importance of building adaptive strategies in response to multiple stressors was emphasised in the work done in a SIDA funded project on Livelihoods and Climate Change Vulnerability in the Lake Victoria Basin – where fieldwork and workshop activities for awareness raising were important components of our work.
My previous experiences of integrating users´ aspects in research includes being the User Liaison Officer in a multidisciplinary EU 6th Framework Programme funded project SEAMLESS, which aimed at developing an integrated framework to assess ex-ante, agricultural and environmental policy options.
My teaching reflects my interests in interdisciplinary aspects of land change processes and associated water resources and these are themes that I teach in the LUMES programme. Lund University Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science.
I also teach natural resources and sustainabilityin the LUMID programme, Lund University Master Programme in International Development and Management.
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- Points of contestation in the biofuels debate: Perspectives from selected international organizations in the post 2007/08 food price crises
- Regulating a global value chain with the European Union's sustainability criteria – experiences from the Swedish liquid transport biofuel sector
- Think H2O! – An educational partnership to raise students’ awareness of the water challenges
- What kind of, and whose, sustainability counts? – Implications of EU’s Renewable Energy Directive in sub-Saharan Africa
- Crop Water Requirements in Cameroon’s Savanna Zones Under Climate Change Scenarios and Adaptation Needs, Crop Production Technologies
- Scaling up social capital - A prerequisite for community based adaptation in the Lake Victoria basin?
- Science - policy interfaces in impact assessment procedures
- Seasonal pattern of climate vulnerability and adaptation in the Lake Victoria basin – Identifying needs and opportunities using a multi-stakeholder approach. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Conference, San Diego
- The African Land grab – Creating more equitable Governance Strategies through codes of conduct and certification schemes
- Participatory IA tool development: Lessons learnt in the SEAMLESS project : Report from the SEAMLESS EU FP 7 project
- Participatory Integrated Assessment tool development – Lessons learnt in the SEAMLESS project. SEAMLESS integrated project. PD 7.2.4
- Reflections on Land Cover Change, Livelihoods and Vulnerability – The case of the Keerqin Steppe Region, Inner Mongolia
- The African Land-Grab: Creating Equitable Governance Strategies through Codes-of-Conduct and Certification Schemes
- Agricultural performance on marginal land in Eastern Inner Mongolia, China -- Development in the pre- and post-1978 reform periods
- Primary production of Inner Mongolia, China, between 1982 and 1999 estimated by a satellite data-driven light use efficiency model
- Primary production sensitivity to climate change scenarios and rural livelihood vulnerability, Inner Mongolia, Semi-arid China
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