Associated Senior Research Scientist (PhD in Geography and Sustainable Development)
Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
Jorge has a background in geography, history and African studies, and over the past 9 years has conducted research on rural-urban linkages and migration in Senegal, and (more extensively) on land-use change in and around protected areas in diverse regions of Madagascar. His recently concluded (in May 2020) research within the ‘Managing Telecoupled Landscapes’ project focused on exploring the implications of telecoupled land-use change for the supply of ecosystem services in northeastern Madagascar, and how these dynamics affect local well-being. He combined remote sensing and GIS methods with a participatory approach to assess land-use change in his four research sites. He further used qualitative methods to explore the relation between human well-being and supply of ecosystems services. In addition, he used modelling tools to investigate the spatially-explicit trade-offs and synergies in ecosystem services supply 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 local socio-ecological resilience and vulnerability.
Telecoupling of land use systems, Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems, Urban-rural interactions, Land use and conflict
A group of GLP Members published this piece in the Journal of Land Use Science, highlighting the potential of incorporating elements of environmental justice scholarship into the evolving telecoupling framework that focuses on distant interactions in land systems.
GLP Members R. Ntsiva N. Andriatsitohaina, Enrico Celio, Jorge Lopis, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey and colleagues have published a paper with insights from two case studies in northeast Madagascar in the Journal of Land Use Science. Part of the paper was presented at the OSM 2019 in Bern.
GLP Members Sébastien Boillat, Timothy Adams, Jorge Llopis, Elena Zepharovich, and Christoph Oberlack invite papers for a proposed session that will take place at the Environmental Justice Conference 2019 “Transformative Connections” at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, 2-4 July.
Colleagues from the Centre for Development and Environment and the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern will be convening two panels in the Swiss Researching Africa Days 2018, which will take place on 26–28 October 2018 in Bern, Switzerland. The panel topics are "Dynamics between globalized land and local well-being in Africa" and "Environmental justice and land management practices in Africa".