Ongoing Research Projects – University of Copenhagen

Ongoing Research Projects

The research group is engaged in projects that are funded through national and international grants. Most of the projects are carried out in cooperation with other research institutions in Denmark, Europe, and the Global South.

The list is organized chronologically, with the most recent projects first:

  • COUPLED - Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability challenges related to land use, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action - Innovative Training Network (ITN), 2018-2021
  • Inspire4Nature - International training at the Science-Policy Interface for Researchers in Europe, for Nature, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action - Innovative Training Network (ITN), 2018-2021
  • Beyond the 'Supermarket Revolution Myopia' - Traditional Markets and Sustainable Upgrading opportunities in Domestic Food Value Chains. Det Frie Forskningsråd, Samfund og Erhverv, 2017-2020
  • ESPA-Frontiers - Land-use intensification in forest-agriculture frontier landscapes: effects on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. Natural Environment Research Council, the Social Science Research Council and the UK Department for International Development through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA), 2016-2017
  • AIDA, Agricultural Investors as Development Actors? Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and IGN in collaboration with Makerere University, Uganda and Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. Danida Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU), 2016-2021.
  • The Shadow of the future and the shadow of the past: studying the impact of climate change on human behavior. Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany, Robert Bosch Foundation, 2016-2020
  • Rural-Urban Transformation, Governance, Mobility and Economic Dynamics, in Emerging Urban Centres for Poverty Reduction, in collaboration with Sokoine Agricultural University (SUA) Tanzania, 2015-2019
  • Organic Cotton for Employment, Danida-FFU, 2015–2019,
  • BALTRAK, Balancing trade-offs between agriculture and biodiversity in the steppes of Kazakhstan. Volkswagen Foundation, 2015-2017
  • Biophysical Changes in the Sahel, Ground and Satellite Based Evidence Across Scales and Disciplines, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, 2015-2017
  • POLICOFA II: Enhancing Productivity, Market Access and Incomes for Small Farming Business in Tanzania: Potentials and Limitations in Contract Farming, Danida-FFU, 2014-2018
  • Building Stronger Universities, (BSU – Phase II), Programme partners in the South with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania and Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal, Danida, 2014-2017
  • GlobTemperature, User Case Study for Soil moisture assessment using the triangle method with SEVIRI and AATSR land surface temperature, European Space Agency, 2014-2017
  • TGG-N: Transiting to green growth (Nepal), Danida-FFU, 2014-2018

Recently completed Research Projects

  • SASMINCertification of sustainable small-scale mining of rubies, Tanzania, Geocenter Danmark, 2010-2016
  • VegTrends, Earth Observation based Vegetation productivity and Land Degradation Trends in Global Drylands, The Danish Council for Independent Research (Sapere Aude), 2011-2016
  • NeMo, Nepal on the Move: Conflict, Migration and Stability, Danida-FFU, 2011-2016
  • KULUNDA, How to prevent the next "Global Dust Bowl"? –Ecological and Economic Strategies for Sustainable Land Management in the Russian Steppes: A Potential Solution to Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), 2011-2016
  • ProCit, Property and Citizenship in Developing Societies, Danish Social Sciences Research Council, 2012-2016
  • GERUKA, Global Food Security and the Grain Markets in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. German Federal Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), 2012-2016
  • Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing: Developing Tools for Research and Development Practice, Natural Environment Research Council, the Social Science Research Council and the UK Department for International Development through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA), 2013-2016
  • Knowledge based climate adaptation in West Africa, Danida, 2013-2016
  • RurbanAfricaAfrican Rural-City Connections, EU-FP7 small-medium scale project, 2012-2016
  • EPIKUREconomic and natural potentials of agricultural production and carbon trade-offs in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia. Leibniz Association, 2012-2015
  • NASA-FIRES, The role of environmental, socioeconomic, institutional, and land-cover/ land-use change factors to explain the pattern and causal drivers of anthropogenic fires in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change For Early Career Scientists Program, 2013-2015
  • Gender Equity in Contract Farming in Eastern Africa, The United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DfID), 2013-2015
  • The mineral resources of the Greenlandic alkaline intrusions: Global value chain analysis of rare earth elements, Geocenter Denmark, 2012-2015
  • Detection of Super-Cooled Liquid Water (SCLW) in the Earth's atmosphere using satellite sensors, The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF),2013-2015
  • CLIVET, Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and Agriculture - and Adaptation Strategies in Tanzania, Danida-FFU, 2009-2015
  • POLICOFA,  Enhancing Productivity, Market Access and Incomes for Small Farming Business in Tanzania: Potentials and Limitations in Contract Farming, Danida-FFU, 2011-2015
  • AGROPOP, Agricultural growth and poverty pockets, Danida-FFU, 2011-2015
  • RUCROP, Rural-Urban Complementarities for the Reduction of Poverty, Danida-FFU, 2010-2015
  • YEMP  Youth and employment: The role of entrepreneurship in African economies, Danida-FFU, 2009-2014
  • I-REDD+ Impacts of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks, EU-FP7 small-medium scale project, 2011-2014
  • VOLANTE Visions of Land Use Transitions in Europe - An integrated framework to understand local-to-global processes of land system change, EU-FP7 large scale project, 2011-2014
  • CaLM  Earth Observation of long term changes in land surface moisture conditions, The Danish Council for Independent Research, Technology and Production Sciences, 2010-2013
  • HOBE Remote Sensing of evapotranspiration and parameterization of land surfaces, Villum Fonden, 2009-2014
  • LaSyRe-Sahel A region wide assessment of land system resilience and climate robustness in the agricultural frontline of Sahel, Danida-FFU, 2010-2013
  • WATERWORLDS Natural environmental disasters and social resilience in anthropological perspective, EU FP7 - ERC grant, 2010-2013
  • Transition of shifting cultivation systems at agriculture/forest frontiers,  Danish Social Science Research Council, 2009-2012
  • The Global Land project Project office. An international research agenda for coupled human-environmental systems, University of Copenhagen, 2006-2012
  • Analysis of the sustainability of bio-ethanol production from cassava in Mali, Danida, 2010-2011
  • WANSEC West African Network for Studies of Environmental Change, Danida-FFU, 2008-2011
  • Assimilation of remote sensing data in hydrological models, 2008-2011