I am a land system scientist with a background in environmental sciences, geography, and sustainable development and a strong research interest in socio-ecological systems' changes in least-developed countries. In my current research, I focus on land use changes, ecosystem services, and human well-being in the context of land investments and conservation in view of sustainable development in East Africa and South-East Asia. I use transdisciplinary research approaches integrating different methods, such as remote sensing and GIS, participatory mapping, interviews, and surveys for quantitative as well as qualitative analysis. More broadly, I aim to produce scientific knowledge together with different stakeholders, to support the urgently needed transformation towards sustainable development. Currently, I work on the following research projects: www.telecoupling.unibe.ch and www.afgroland.net
Telecoupling of land use systems, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity
A new piece in Biological Conservationsynthesizes thinking across a broad range of scales and disciplines and develops a model of conservation that moves beyond the site level emphasis of contemporary conservation.
A new paper in Biological Conservation offers a dual-branched conservation model that commands novel actions to tackle distant wealth-related drivers of biodiversity decline, while enhancing site-level conservation to empower biodiversity stewards.
A new paper in Landscape Ecology examined how studying the Covid-19 pandemic's severe impacts on land users and landscapes around the world allow a better understanding of how global shocks, cascading disruptions, and reconnections influence contemporary land systems. The paper grew out of a collaboration between multiple GLP Working Groups.