PhD candidate, Geography and Sustainable Development
Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
Jorge has a background in geography, history and African studies, and has conducted research on rural-urban linkages and land-use change in Senegal and diverse regions of Madagascar. His current research within the ‘Managing Telecoupled Landscapes’ project focuses on exploring the implications of land-use change for the provision of ecosystem services in northeastern Madagascar, and how these dynamics affect local well-being. He combines remote sensing and GIS methods with a participatory approach to assess land-use change in his two research sites. He further uses qualitative methods and valuation exercises to explore the relation between human well-being and demand for ecosystems services, and modelling tools to investigate the spatially-explicit trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services provision emerging from land-use change. Among other research interests, Jorge is particularly keen in understanding the influence of climatic extremes, as drought and cyclones, on land-use change, and to illuminate its implications for socio-ecological resilience and local vulnerability.