The overall goal of the Land Systems Group is to advance the understanding of terrestrial social-ecological systems where humans interact with the environment through land use. We analyze the multiple repercussions of the changes in land use on human welfare, food production, carbon dynamics, and biodiversity, as well as the effects of socioecological changes on land use. We approach these issues through quantitative and qualitative assessments alike and combine approaches from social and natural sciences at different spatial scales.
Specifically, we work with spatially explicit methods that include econometric modeling, quantitative geography, crop growth modeling, remote sensing, data mining, and simulation modeling. The current geographic focus of the research group are the countries of the former Soviet Union, China, and Southeast Asia.
13 November 2020
Emigration from rural areas of Western Siberia is higher in areas where agricultural labor intensity is low and cities are close. See empirical evidence in a new paper: https://doi.org/10.1080/15387216.2020.1822751 led by Alexander Sheludkov.
04 September 2020
We examine the historical legacy of the Soviet Union on the current rate of human-induced soil erosion using a spatial regression discontinuity design. We find that soil erosion in countries that were part of the former Soviet Union is 26% lower than...
24 July 2020
In this paper, we use participatory, multi-criteria decision making to build a sustainability index to assess the sustainability of the farming system in the Argentine Chaco. Our results suggest that almost all 185 farms assessed in the four target...