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 am an Associate Editor at Regional Environmental ChangeJournal.
Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems
A new editorial capping the Special Feature "Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” in Ecology and Society takes stock of successful examples of archetype analysis, reflects on opportunities and pitfalls in applying archetype analysis and opens new avenues for a second generation of archetype analysis. Co-editors are the GLP Archetype Analysis Working Group Coordinators.
This new study in Environmental Research Letters seeks to assist the decision-making process to build resilience to climate change in Ethiopia and other low-income countries with similar geophysical and socio-economic conditions.
The 4th Research Workshop on Archetypes of Sustainable Development was held fully online from 3-5 February 2021. Responding to the open Call in September, more than 40 participants from 5 continents discussed current research and emerging frontiers of archetype analysis in sustainability research. In addition, a Call for Papers for the workshop's special issue is open until 30 June.
A new paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution seeks to synthesize insights into the drivers, processes and management of catastrophic shifts to highlight ways forward for the management of Mediterranean ecosystems.