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Alexander Prishchepov

Alexander Prishchepov

Associate Professor

  • Geography

    Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 København K, 6, Building: 6.2.655

    Phone: +45 35 33 13 86

My primary research interests lay in the field of Land System Science. My expertise and research interests primarily focus on monitoring the dynamic of land cover and land use with satellite remote sensing, analysis of the causal drivers of land-use/ land-cover change, agricultural potentials and consequences of such changes for the environment. My primary geography expertise is on the transition economies in Northern Eurasia and transition economies (e.g., EU, post-socialist, post-Soviet countries, China, Vietnam). However I am also conducting comparative studies elsewhere too. Shortly, through my research and professional service I do my best to uncover the complexity of the relationship between humans and environment in order to find the solutions for sustainable development, such as between agricultural development and preservation of ecosystem services. My work is truly highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, and stretches across the institutions and the countries. I am opened for new opportunities of doing research, projects and supervision of prospective students, but focus on N.Eurasia and transition economies is prioritized. I pay specific attention to dissemination of the research findings in the studied countries and keep close relationship with many organizations, which may help bringing research results into practice and support research in the ground. If you feel the focus of my research matches your interests, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

NB! Please check my recent works and publications at Google Scholar/ Researchgate and KU web-page to ensure my expertise matches your interests.

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Professional experience
2014 - Associate Professor (full time), University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources Management, Environment and Society Group.
2015 - Visiting Senior Scientist (part time), Steppe Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, Orenburg, Russia; Kazan State University, Kazan, Russia
2014 -2016 Visiting Research Fellow (honorable fellowship), Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe-IAMO, Land System Group, Halle (Saale), Germany.
2010 - 2014 Research associate/ 2012-senior scientist, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies-IAMO, Land System Group, Halle (Saale), Germany.
2005 - 2010 Research Assistant, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology,University of Wisconsin-Madison. Supervisor: prof. Dr. Volker C. Radeloff.
2004 - 2005 Visiting fellow, volunteer public service program, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Geography Department, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Carlos C. Cordova.
2001 - 2004 Engineer, Center for Ice and Hydrometeorological Information-"Sever", The Arctic and Antarctic State Research institute (AARI), St. Petersburg, Russia.
2002 - 2003 General director assistant, project manager, NGO "North-Western International Cleaner Production and Environmental Management Centre" (under the patronage of UNDIDO), St. Petersburg, Russia.
2001 - 2003 Lecturer, research assistant, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
1999 - 2003 Coordinator, NGO “St. Petersburg Association for Students and Young Geographers, EGEA-St. Petersburg”, St. Petersburg, Russia.


2005 - 2010 PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, PhD in Forestry, Minor in Geography. PhD Thesis: "Land-use and land-cover change in times of massive socio-economic changes: Detecting agricultural land abandonment and understanding its drivers in post-Soviet Eastern Europe". Advisor: Prof. Dr. Volker C. Radeloff.
2004 - 2005 Graduate GIS Certificate Program, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Department of Geography. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Carlos E. Cordova.
1999, 2001 BSc, MSc, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russia, Meteorological department. Major: Atmospheric science.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Drivers, constraints and trade-offs associated with recultivating abandoned cropland in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan

    Meyfroidt, P., Schierhorn, F., Prishchepov, A., Müller, D. & Kuemmerle, T. 2016 In : Global Environmental Change. 37, p. 1-15 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Determinants of agricultural land abandonment in post-Soviet European Russia

    Prishchepov, A., Mueller, D., Dubinin, M., Baumann, M. & Radeloff, V. C. Jan 2013 In : Land Use Policy. 30, 1, p. 873-884

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Effects of institutional changes on land use: Agricultural land abandonment during the transition from state-command to market-driven economies in post-Soviet Eastern Europe

    Prishchepov, A., Radeloff, V. C., Baumann, M., Kuemmerle, T. & Müller, D. 2012 In : Environmental Research Letters. 7, 2, 024021

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Mapping abandoned agriculture with multi-temporal MODIS satellite data

    Alcantara, C., Kuemmerle, T., Prishchepov, A. & Radeloff, V. C. 2012 In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 124, p. 334-347 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  5. Published

    Long-term agricultural land-cover change and potential for cropland expansion in the former Virgin Lands area of Kazakhstan

    Kraemer, R., Prishchepov, A., Müller, D., Kuemmerle, T., Radeloff, V. C., Dara, A., Terekhov, A. & Frühauf, M. 2015 In : Environmental Research Letters. 10, p. 054012 18 p., 10

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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