Lennart Olsson is professor of physical geography and the founding director of LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies) since 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Geography (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 recent research focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation issues in the context of agriculture and food security in dry lands. He was recently Lead Author on the IPCC report on Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF and Lead Author on the GEO-4 Global Environmental Outlook.
He has supervised several Ph.D. candidates and is currently the Programme Director of the Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, the LUMES programme.
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.