Thünen Institute of Biodiversity
Sustainable land management and food security across scales Rooted in land system science, I assess interactions between natural resources, food security and livelihoods in the context of climate and land use change. Insights support decisions to improve land management and food security at local, regional and global scales. Archetypical patterns of vulnerability and adaptation, critical thresholds and catastrophic shifts in socio-ecological systems receive particular attention. Learning from regional diversity provides knowledge for scaling sustainable land management fostering the achievement of Land Degradation Neutrality and other Sustainable Development Goals. I have worked in Europe, Latin America and Africa, often in drylands and high-mountain regions, in close collaboration with local communities, ministries, development agencies, international agricultural research centres and UN organisations. I coordinate the GLP Working Group "Archetype Analysis in Sustainability and Land Governance Research". As a lead author of IPBES Nexus Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services I synthesise interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health. I am an Associate Editor at Regional Environmental Change Journal.