Søren Bech Pilgaard Kristensen
My research focuses on rural development in a European and African context. In a European context, I study the changing role of agriculture in rural and peri-urban landscapes, the environmental impact of agriculture and the decision making process of farmers. In addition, I study the uptake level of different agri-environmental schemes by land owners in different locations. My field work has focused on Denmark but has also included European perspectives through joint EU projects.
In an African context, I have studied the challenges facing rural youth engaging in agriculture or non-farm economic activities with a focus on young entrepreneurs in rural areas in Uganda. In addition, I have been engaged in land suitability research in Botswana and Mali.