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Landscape ecology and sustainable land-use

Within the Landscape ecology and sustainable land-use group at CEC we study the effects of land-use and climate change on biodiversity, species interactions, ecosystem services and society in human-dominated landscapes.

We assess the potential of policies and nature-based solutions at local and landscape scales to contribute to a more sustainable land-use. Particularly in focus are agroecosystems and agriculture-forest landscapes in Sweden, Europe and the Global South, where agricultural intensification, abandonment, and land-use conversion (deforestation, afforestation) interact in complex ways with climate change, mitigation and adaptation.

An interdisciplinary group

The group is interdisciplinary and brings together expertise in agro-ecology, agricultural and environmental economics, climate-ecosystem science, species interaction ecology, geography and industrial ecology. We use ecological field surveys and experiments, modelling (ecological, ecological-economic and socio-ecological), spatial analyses, social science methods, and projections and simulations across climate, land-use and policy futures. Projects will often draw on this diverse expertise and multiple methods to gain a more complete understanding of the studied system.

Our research builds on tight collaboration with other research groups at CEC, across the Faculty of Science, with colleagues at other faculties and centers, and within international research consortia. We actively contribute to the strategic research areas BECC and MERGE, and to teaching in Environmental Sciences, Conservation Biology, Graduate schools including ClimBEco and Agenda2030.

Related projects

Principal investigator

Yann Clough