University of Copenhagen, Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources
I have a scientific background in human-environmental aspects of the geographical sciences (with a doctoral dissertation addressing human-environment interaction and sustainability in Sahelian land use systems). More specifically my research addresses issues related to natural resource management and land use strategies, including adaptation to climate change. The focus is on land use and land cover systems viewed in a landscape ecological as well as in interdisciplinary, land change science perspective, i.e. relating land use dynamics to their larger scale driving forces of biophysical, cultural, socio-economic, institutional or demographic nature. Global land uses, telecoupling and large land acquisitions are recent issues of interest.
I have experience as international research coordinator, e.g. as chair of the scientific steering committee of The Global Land Project (joint research agenda under IHDP (International Human Dimension Programme) and IGBP (International Geosphere Biosphere Programme)), and earlier on in connection with UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme (late 1980s), in WHO’s Ecological Expert Group (ONCHO-programme) as well as in the governing board of the international research institution ICRAF. I have worked with interdisciplinary research efforts as center director for one of the SMP-centers from 1994-2000 (Danish Strategic Environmental Program), involving researchers from anthropology, biology, geography and sociology, and currently as partner in the ERC Waterworlds project.