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Land Use, Governance & Development

Land and topsoil are vital to human life on earth but severely underappreciated and understudied in research. To fully understand the complexity of the relations between land and society, an advanced interdisciplinary research approach is central.

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Our research on land integrates social and natural dimensions in order to generate knowledge that leads to action for a sustainable society. Our researchers study land degradation, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, in terms of its ecological implications and social causes and costs.

We also develop new and improved methods for studying multiple issues related to land by harnessing state-of-the-art remote sensing- and GIS techniques. We learn from different scales of analysis, from the global to the local and back.

Our researchers integrate concerns about land and land degradation into value and supply chains related to food and renewable energy. Politics of land is often a key aspect in our research approach, and this entails issues of justice and fairness of three intersecting dimensions: international, intergenerational, and intersectional.

Keywords: agroecology, food security/sovereignty, adaption/mitigation, low carbon, livelihoods, biodiversity, ecosystems, global health, land politics, gender,


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New research points out key gaps in EU’s largest funding scheme, the Common Agricultural Policy

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

Agroecology: a better alternative in Sub-Saharan Africa

Research interview: Wim Carton on perennial agriculture as a means to meet sustainability challenges and transform agriculture

Mutually Beneficial Engagement between Local Communities and Large Scale Investors

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How does land grabbing effect food production in Africa? A short video on Emma Johanssons research on Large-scale land acquisition in Africa.




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