Mairon holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the VU University Amsterdam (2014) and has worked for 15 years on the policy and governance dimensions of sustainable development. He has worked extensively on Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Indonesia on themes related to sustainable agriculture, value chain development and forest conservation, including REDD+, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable food security and landscape approaches. He held postdoctoral positions both at Wageningen University & Research Centre (Netherlands) and at the Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) before becoming a research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Mairon is research coordinator for the Trase initiative on sustainable supply chains, and currently focuses on leverage points for land-use sustainability transitions in Latin America.
Telecoupling of land use systems, Land governance, Land use and conflict
A new paper in Conservation draws from over 70 local interviews with stakeholders in Brazil to assess the role that relational values can play as a “deep” leverage point for a land-use transition in the Amazon.
A new study published in Science finds that between 90 and 99 percent of all deforestation in the tropics is driven directly or indirectly by agriculture. Yet only half to two-thirds of this results in the expansion of active agricultural production on the deforested land.
A new paper published in Conservation argues that the bioeconomy may help conserve or restore habitats, improve knowledge on biodiversity, valorize livelihoods and increase social participation, and aid in moving beyond the commodification of nature. However, none of these achievements can be taken for granted.