Environment and Society in Developing Countries

The aim of the research group is to contribute to understanding globalisation processes and human dimensions of global change in developing countries.

Group photo sept 2019

The group is engaged in a large number of externally funded research projects and several international collaborations.

















































Our research focuses on earth observation and land surface processes, the complexity of land use and land cover change, natural resource management, livelihood strategies and societal processes. This includes urbanisation, migration and rural-urban linkages, industrialisation processes and agro-industrial organisation, small-scale mining as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation. Methodologically, we work with qualitative and quantitative data and interdisciplinary approaches are strongly emphasised.


Name Title Phone E-mail
Alexander Prishchepov Associate professor +45 353-31386 E-mail
Anne Mwakibete PhD student   E-mail
Cecilie Friis Assistant professor +45 353-25843 E-mail
Charlotte Filt Slothuus PhD student +45 26 36 20 24 E-mail
Charlotte Mackenzie Hall Postdoc +45 353-27149 E-mail
Daniel Ortiz Gonzalo Postdoc +45 353-37652 E-mail
Emilie Claire Vansant PhD fellow +45 353-21251 E-mail
Festo Maro   E-mail
Frederik Brønd Guest researcher +45 353-34719 E-mail
Håkan Torbern Tagesson Assistant professor +45 353-25851 E-mail
Joel Gustav Persson PhD fellow +45 353-36576 E-mail
Jytte Agergaard Associate professor +45 353-22567 E-mail
Kjeld Rasmussen Part-time lecturer +45 353-22563 E-mail
Lanhui Wang Enrolled PhD Student +45 353-28294 E-mail
Laura Vang Rasmussen Assistant professor, tenure track +45 353-25860 E-mail
Lisset Pérez Marulanda PhD student   E-mail
Luisa Maddalena Di Lucchio +393348465835 E-mail
Ma. Eliza Jucar Villarino PhD student   E-mail
Manja Hoppe Andreasen Assistant professor, tenure track +45 353-24182 E-mail
Marianne Nylandsted Larsen Associate professor +45 353-24167 E-mail
Martin Rudbeck Jepsen Associate professor +45 353-22465 E-mail
Martin Stefan Brandt Assistant professor +45 353-34361 E-mail
Maya Pasgaard Postdoc +45 353-31982 E-mail
Michael Bruce Byaruhanga PhD student +256773266474 E-mail
Niels Fold Professor +45 353-22561 E-mail
Pin Pravalprukskul PhD fellow +45 353-24018 E-mail
Rasmus Fensholt Professor +45 353-22526 E-mail
Rasmus Skov Olesen PhD fellow +45 353-26782 E-mail
Reynaldo Solis Leyva PhD student   E-mail
Rikke Brandt Broegaard Associate professor +45 353-25873 E-mail
Scott Alan Ford PhD fellow +45 27 57 90 27 E-mail
Sinne Borby Ørtenblad PhD fellow +45 353-32064 E-mail
Stephen Aniseth Nyaki   E-mail
Stéphanie Horion Assistant professor +45 35 43 58 78 E-mail
Thilde Bech Bruun Associate professor +45 353-33412 E-mail
Tingting Lu PhD student +45 353-27073 E-mail
Torben Birch-Thomsen Associate professor +45 353-22570 E-mail
Wim Verbruggen PhD fellow, external   E-mail
Xiaowei Tong Postdoc +45 353-32725 E-mail
Xiaoxin Zhang PhD student   E-mail
Xiaoye Tong Postdoc +45 353-31239 E-mail
Yair Asael Alpuche Alvarez PhD student +45 353-27035 E-mail
Zhongxiang Fang PhD student +45 353-26032 E-mail

Head of Research Group

Niels FoldNiels Fold

Phone: +45 35 32 25 61
E-mail: nf@ign.ku.dk

Master's thesis topics

We would be pleased to include Master students in the work of the research group.

See examples of Master thesis abstracts.

Examples of our research

Research group members L.V. Rasmussen and O. Mertz show in a paper published in Nature Sustainability how agricultural intensification often fails to provide benefits for both human wellbeing and ecosystems.