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COUPLED is a four-year, European Training Network granted by the EC under Horizon 2020 and coordinated by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. COUPLED trains 15 early stage researchers in order to better integrate research, innovation and social responsibility framed around the concept of telecoupling.
Human consumption of food and agricultural products has a significant impact on the environment and the societies in the regions where they are produced. Different sectors, consumers, businesses and politicians are increasingly demanding more environmental and social sustainable land-use both inside and outside Europe. Yet, there is increasing recognition of the limitations of current research approaches to adequately understand and address the increasing complexity of land system dynamics, which are often characterised by strong non-linearity, feedback mechanisms, and local contexts, and where places of production, trade, and consumption of land-based products are increasingly separated.
COUPLED trains early stage researchers capable of:
COUPLED receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765408.
Consortium: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Bern, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Copenhagen, Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Université catholique de Louvain, The Forest Trust, Unilever U.K.
Fifteen individual PhD research projects, conducted by Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), put the telecoupling research approach into practice. They are are grouped in three overarching, interrelating work packages.
How inter-dependent are land and resource systems in today’s world, and what are new or unexpected actors and processes creating the telecouplings that produce these dependencies?
How is sustainability governance of land use and land-based products affected by differences in the type of linkages and telecouplings and the scale at which they operate?
Which enabling conditions are required to generate opportunities for a more sustainable allocation of resources in a telecoupled world?
GLP Themes: Telecoupling of land use systems, Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems, Urban-rural interactions, Land use and conflict
GLP Methods: Co-production and transdisciplinarity, Decision Making, Decision support tools and approaches, Institutional Analysis, Integrative Assessments, Interdisciplinary methods, Modelling, Past land use/historical land use reconstruction, Qualitative social science methods (interviews, observations, document review, surveys), Remote Sensing, Social network analysis, Spatial Analysis, Supply and value chains, Synthesis/meta-analysis/meta-study