Chapter in telecoupling book

Me and Jonathan Seaquist just published a chapter in the book “Telecoupling: Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World“. The chapter is entitled “Toolbox: Operationalising Telecoupling with Network Analysis” and demonstrates how network analysis can be used to clarify understandings about the effects of globalisation on land system change.

A simple network representation consisting of nodes (labelled A to E) and links (lines connecting the nodes). Nodes can represent people, institutions, states, or governance structures, whilst links depict connections between the nodes in terms of material, people, energy, or information.

Large-scale land acquisition affects farmers’ ability to produce their own food in Africa

“In order to avoid water conflicts and to stimulate food production in sub-Saharan Africa, large-scale land acquisition must be regulated and focus on food production. These are the conclusions of a new doctoral thesis from PhD Emma Johansson.”

Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) writes a nice piece about my thesis, and also made a nice video illustration about some key points.



Freelancing as science illustrator

Do you need a compelling and clear figure for your grant proposal? Or do you need a better-looking figure for your publication?

I have a particular interest of visualizing science as graphs, maps, paintings, and even stop-motion movies (see some examples here). If I could choose, I would only make figures all day. A nice illustration is such a good and efficient way to catch someone’s attention and communicate your scientific results. 

I am currently part time freelancing as a science illustrator,  so if you need help with tables, charts, figures, maps, or other visualizations, don’t hesitate to contact me (

Conceptual model of networks and network analysis


PhD thesis in print

My four years of research as a PhD candidate has come to an end, and the results have been compiled in a thesis. Here is an online version of my “Kappa“, which is a summarizing and conceptualizing chapter to complement and add a bit of context for the four papers of the thesis (three published, one in review).

Welcome to join the defense, which will be held the 14th of September at 10:00 in Världen, Geocentrum I, Lund University. Associate Professor Line Gordon from Stockholm Resilience Centre will be my opponent.


Art and science at the ENTITLE blog

I had the privilege to publish a blog post about art and science at the ENTITLE blog.

ENTITLE is a European network of research and training on political ecology that brings together scholars and fellows from a variety of institutions and disciplinary and geographical backgrounds. They are working in solidarity with social-ecological movements, people analysing and communities facing various forms of exploitation and dispossession from open-cast mining to land-grabbing, from toxic contamination to murder. Read more about ENTITLE here.

Art exhibition at the National Gallery in Tanzania

I had the opportunity to arrange an exhibition at the National Museum and House of Culture, in Dar Es Salaam, showing the paintings that were made in Tanzanian villages where land has been acquired by foreign agribusinesses. The paintings were made by local farmers, fishermen, and pastoralists, with instructions from the Tanzanian artist Joseph Mwalyombo.

The exhibition was highlighted in several news outlets, like the Daily News,  blogs, and TV outlets. See Michuzi Blog, and Michuzijr Blog, for more pictures and info about the event (in swahilii).