I am a physical geographer and sustainability scientist, and my main interest are to develop interdisciplinary research approaches to understand complex sustainability challenges.
I am currently in the start-up phase of a three year postdoc entitled “Visualizing the future – charting pathways for sustainable development with participatory art and scenario thinking”, which will be based at LUCSUS at Lund University, IFRO at Copenhagen University, and Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.
My research interests are mainly to study drivers and effects of land use change in areas where land is acquired by foreign agribusinesses, focusing on how people are affecting – and affected by – changes in land and water availability. Land use change is driven by multiple interconnected societal and environmental processes, which act on different scales in time and space.
For my PhD research I’ve applied mixed methods to analyze the phenomenon from a global to local scale. The global to continental scale of analysis is quantitative and relates to the global connectivity of land acquisitions and changes in water supply and demand, while the local studies are qualitative and use participatory art to understand local perceptions of socio-environmental change, and future aspirations for change.
During the year between my PhD and PostDoc, I was engaged in a research project where we estimated changes in terrestrial carbon in Cambodia. Cambodia is a country that has been experiencing rapid and extensive deforestation over the past decade that can be partly linked to land grabbing. We mapped the changes in carbon pools in space and through time, and also mapped where the virtual carbon exports through agricultural trade.