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Lennart Olsson


Professor, Physical Geography, Lund University, 2004
PhD, Physical Geography, Lund University, 1985

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Geocentrum 1, Sölvegatan 10, 4th floor

Postal Address:

P.O. Box 170, SE-221 00 LUND, Sweden


+46 (0) 46 - 222 05 11




sustainability science - climate change - development studies - land degradation - geography



Lennart Olsson is Professor of Geography at Lund University and the founding Director of LUCSUS – Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. Lennart is also the Coordinator for a Linnaeus programme, LUCID, sponsored by The Swedish Research Council for the period 2008-2018.

Lennart holds a Ph.D. in Physical Geography Lund University (1985) specialising in desertification and particularly the use of GIS, remote sensing and spatial modelling to study the interaction of nature and society in semi-arid Africa.

His research fields include human-nature interactions in the context of land degradation, climate change and food security in Africa and globally. His current research focuses on the politics of climate change in the context of poverty and food security. He has had research positions in Australia, USA and Hong Kong. He participated in several international assignments and was Lead Author on the IPCC report on Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF and Lead Author on the GEO-4 Global Environmental Outlook. He is currently coordinating lead author for the chapter on livelihoods and poverty in the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

He has supervised several Ph.D. candidates and is currently Director of the newly established Research School in Sustainability Science and the Programme Director of  the LUMES programme,  Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science.

He is also member of several editorial boards, such as Geographical Review, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, and Global Environmental Change. He is also one of the executive editors of the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development.


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