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Torsten Krause

Associate Senior Lecturer

Sustainability Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Forestry and Forest Governance
  • Conservation Science
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Ethnobiology
  • Environmental Justice

Current Research

I am part of a European H2020 project on Innovation and Forest Ecosystem Services where I lead the Swedish Case Study. However, I spend most of my time working on defaunation as a missing piece in forest governance. In this project I study how international and national forest governance takes forest fauna and local hunting into account when desinging policies and new conservation programs. I am particulalry interested in traditional knowledge around hunting of forest fauna in the Amazon focusing on Colombia and Ecuador. This research is funded through a three-year research grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

More recently I also started to work with sustainabiity and environmental justice in post-conflict societies, particularly focusing on Colombia, as part of an interdisciplinary project at Lund University funded by FORMAS.

Other research interests include agroforestry and the use of new agroforestry tree products and how these can support small-scale and local indigenous farmers in maintaining their agroforestry practices for a more sustainable forest management in Latin America.


  • I teach in various courses at Lund University Master's Program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science - (Sustainability Science; Earth System Science, Governance and Sustainability, Urban & Rural Systems and Sustainability)
  • Human Geography & Human Ecology at Lund University – Teaching in SGEM 14 (Urban and Regional Planning for Sustainability), HEKM22 (Methods in Human Ecology); HEKX10 (Global Environmental Justice); SGEL 49 (Sustainable Development from a global, regional and local perspective)
  • Other Master Programmes at Lund University (e.g., Conservation Biology, International Development and Management, Asian Studies; Graduate School) and University of Gothenburg (Sustainable Development: Conflicts, Communication and Collaboration)
  • Guest lectures in various PhD courses (ClimBEcco – From Local to Global: Political Ecology, Natural Resource Conflicts and Environmental Peacebuilding)
  • Supervision of Master Theses in Lund University Master's Program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Uppsala University Masters in Sustainable Development and Gothenburg University Master Program in Environmental Science.



Blog entries & Briefs:

Newspaper articles:

The Caquetá River in the Colombian Amazon
The Caquetá River in the Colombian Amazon


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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Torsten Krause
E-mail: torsten [dot] krause [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

Associate senior lecturer

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

+46 73 423 94 15

Josephson 211B

Josephson, Biskopsgatan 5,



I am an associate senior lecturer at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Sweden. I hold a Bachelor (BSc) in International Business Administration from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany and the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Montpellier, France; and a Masters degree (MSc) in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University, Sweden.

From 2009 to 2013 I conducted my PhD research as part of the newly established research school LUCID ( in the Ecuadorian Amazon studying the social-ecological and economic effects of a national conservation incentive program. Since then I have continued to work with topics around forest governance, conservation and sustainable develpment in Ecuador, Colombia, Nigeria and South Africa. From 2014 to 2017 I was also part of a European FP7 project on Ecosystem Services (OPERAS) and have conducted research with project partners in Mallorca (Spain) and Scotland.


Research Collaborations

Over the years I developed strong research collaborations with researchers at Lund University and international Universities as part of joint projects. However, my most interesting research collaboration is taking place with traditional knowledge holders in the Colombian Amazon who are incredible scientists with tremendous observational and analytical skills.

As part of the InnoForESt research project I work on forest ecosystem services, governance and innovation with colleagues in Finnland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Slovakia. In Sweden we are working closely with the Universeum Science Centre in Gothenburg.

Since 2013 I am a member of the secretariat of the FOCALI research network.

P.O. Box 170, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Phone: +46(0)46- 222 80 81
info [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se