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Tobias Plieninger

Tobias Plieninger

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    Tobias Plieninger is now Professor of Social-Ecological Interactions at the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel in Germany. He was Associate Professor in Countryside Planning at the University of Copenhagen from 2013 to 2017. Before, he was head of the Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities ( and research fellow at the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He holds a degree in forestry and a PhD in forest and environmental sciences from the University of Göttingen and the University of Freiburg. He is interested in the study of the driving forces, processes, and patterns of changes in human-shaped landscapes. His research integrates natural and social science approaches to landscape management, ecology, and conservation, including conservation biology, vegetation ecology, and regional development. Key topics are ecosystem services, cultural landscape, and social-ecological resilience. He was coordinator of the EU FP7 project HERCULES (Sustainable futures for Europe’s heritage in cultural landscapes) and workpackage leader in the EU FP7 project AGFORWARD (Agroforestry that will forward rural development).

    Selected publications

    1. Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments

      Plieninger, T. & Bieling, C. 2012 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

      Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

    2. E-pub ahead of print

      Archetypical patterns and trajectories of land systems in Europe

      Levers, C., Müller, D., Erb, K., Haberl, H., Jepsen, M. R., Metzger, M. J., Meyfroidt, P., Plieninger, T., Plutzar, C., Stürck, J., Verburg, P. H., Verkerk, P. J. & Kuemmerle, T. 2017 In : Regional Environmental Change. p. 1-18 18 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    3. Published

      A systematic map of ecosystem services assessments around European agroforestry

      Fagerholm, N., Torralba Viorreta, M., Burgess, P. J. & Plieninger, T. 2016 In : Ecological Indicators. 62, p. 47–65

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    4. Published

      The farmer as a landscape steward: Comparing local understandings of landscape stewardship, landscape values, and land management actions

      Raymond, C. M., Bieling, C., Fagerholm, N., Martin-Lopez, B. & Plieninger, T. 2016 In : Ambio Special Report. 45, 2

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    5. Published

      Wood-pastures of Europe: Geographic coverage, social-ecological values, conservation management, and policy implications

      Plieninger, T., Hartel, T., Martín-López, B., Beaufoy, G., Bergmeier, E., Kirby, K., Montero, M. J., Moreno, G., Oteros-Rozas, E. & Van Uytvanck, J. 1 Oct 2015 In : Biological Conservation. 190, p. 70-79 10 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    6. Published

      The role of cultural ecosystem services in landscape management and planning

      Plieninger, T., Bieling, C., Fagerholm, N., Byg, A., Hartel, T., Hurley, P., López-Santiago, C. A., Nagabhatla, N., Rozas, E. O., Raymond, C. M., van der Horst, D. & Huntsinger, L. 2015 In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 14, p. 28-33 6 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    7. Published

      Exploring ecosystem-change and society through a landscape lens: Recent progress in European landscape research

      Plieninger, T., Kizos, T., Bieling, C., Dû-Blayo, L. L., Budniok, M. A., Bürgi, M., Crumley, C. L., Girod, G., Howard, P., Kolen, J., Kuemmerle, T., Milcinski, G., Palang, H., Trommler, K. & Verburg, P. H. 1 Jun 2015 In : Ecology and Society. 20, 2, 5

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    8. Published

      The impact of land abandonment on species richness and abundance in the Mediterranean Basin: A meta-analysis

      Plieninger, T., Hui, C., Gaertner, M. & Huntsinger, L. 27 May 2014 In : PLoS ONE. 9, 5, 12 p., e98355

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    9. Published

      Linkages between landscapes and human well-being: An empirical exploration with short interviews

      Bieling, C., Plieninger, T., Pirker, H. & Vogl, C. R. 1 Jan 2014 In : Ecological Economics. 105, p. 19-30 12 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    10. Published

      Culturing the forest [Review]

      Plieninger, T. 2014 In : Science. 343, 6175, p. 1078-1079 2 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

    11. Assessing, mapping and quantifying cultural ecosystem services at community level

      Plieninger, T., Dijks, S., Oteros-Rozas, E. & Bieling, C. 2013 In : Land Use Policy. 33, p. 118-129 12 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    12. Mainstreaming ecosystem services through reformed European farm policies

      Plieninger, T., Schleyer, C., Schaich, H., Hernández-Morcillo, M., Gerdes, H., Ohnesorge, B. & Bieling, C. 2012 In : Conservation Letters. 5, p. 281-288

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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