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July 17, 2024

A new article in Royal Society Open Science synthesizes conceptual tools explaining resource and land-use frontiers, including theories of land rent and agglomeration economies, of frontiers as successive waves, spaces of territorialization, friction and opportunities, anticipation and expectation. The authors then propose a new theory of frontier emergence, which identifies exogenous pushes, legacies of past waves and actors’ anticipations as key mechanisms by which frontiers emerge. 

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July 10, 2024

Despite recent advances in behavioural theory, the central role of culture in land-use decision-making and linked sustainability outcomes is underexplored. In this paper in Nature Sustainability, the authors expanded on institutional analysis and system-dynamics frameworks to analyse 66 studies that causally link culture to land use. This project is a follow-up of a workshop at the Global Land Program Open Science meeting in Bern, Switzerland, in 2019.

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June 24, 2024

A new paper in Global Environmental Change identifies land systems, focused on actors, for the world’s tropical dry woodlands. The typology of systems allows capturing key threats and conservation opportunities and focuses on dry forests in Argentina, Bolivia, Mozambique, India, and Cambodia, including actors and land uses often overlooked in top-down planning. The scalable approach bridges large-scale planning and place-based interventions.

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May 29, 2024

A new paper in Environmental Research Letters finds stricter land-use and conservation planning are urgently needed to avoid adverse social-ecological outcomes.

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