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.

Photo Torben Birch-Thomsen

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














































September 2019
The European Research Council is funding a new group on the interplay between nutrition deficiencies and access to forest resources. The group is headed by Laura Vang Rasmussen, and the starting grant (2020-2025) will be used to staff the group with 2 new PhD students and 2 postdoctoral researchers. The research aims to identify exactly how forest loss and fragmentation affect people’s dietary quality in low-income countries - applying a multi-scale, multi-country, and data-rich approach. More information about the project here: Highlighted research projects: Starting Grant 2019 and here, in Danish): Når skovene ryddes, så forsvinder livsgrundlaget for verdens aller fattigste

Climate change is already affecting food production worldwide Crop yields are projected to decrease under future climate conditions, and recent research of our group suggests that yields have already been impacted. Our recent study published in PLOS ONE https://bit.ly/2YeE6vY reveals climate change is already negatively affecting crop yields in many parts of the world. Because of that in nearly half of food-insecure countries estimated caloric availability decreased. More information about the study you can find here https://ign.ku.dk/english/news/2019/climate-change-is-already-affecting-food-production-worldwide/ Ray, Deepak K., Paul C. West, Michael Clark, James S. Gerber, Alexander V. Prishchepov, and Snigdhansu Chatterjee. “Climate Change Has Likely Already Affected Global Food Production.” Edited by Young Hoon Jung. PLOS ONE 14, no. 5 (May 31, 2019): e0217148. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217148.




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.

Members of the Research Group

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Alexander Prishchepov Associate Professor +4535331386 E-mail
Ankit Kariryaa External Researcher   E-mail
Bowy den Braber Postdoc   E-mail
Cecilie Friis Assistant Professor +4535325843 E-mail
Changqiao Hong Visiting PhD Student   E-mail
Charlotte Mackenzie Hall Postdoc +4535327149 E-mail
Christin Abel Postdoc +4535332467 E-mail
Daniel Ortiz Gonzalo Assistant Professor +4535337652 E-mail
Dimitri Pierre Johannes Gominski Postdoc +4535323511 E-mail
Emilie Claire Vansant PhD Fellow +4535321251 E-mail
Erwan Gilles Norman Sachet PhD Student   E-mail
Festo Maro Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Florian Reiner PhD Fellow   E-mail
Guanqiao Ding Visiting PhD Student   E-mail
Gyula Mate Kovács PhD Fellow +4591922293 E-mail
Hao Xia PhD Student +4535337949 E-mail
Håkan Torbern Tagesson Associate Professor +4535325851 E-mail
Janelle Marie Sylvester PhD Student   E-mail
Jytte Agergaard Professor +4535322567 E-mail
Ke Huang Postdoc +4535326783 E-mail
Kjeld Rasmussen Associate Professor Emeritus +4535322563 E-mail
Laura Vang Rasmussen Associate Professor +4535325860 E-mail
Lisset Pérez Marulanda PhD Student   E-mail
Ma. Eliza Jucar Villarino PhD Student   E-mail
Manja Hoppe Andreasen Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535324182 E-mail
Marianne Nylandsted Larsen Associate Professor +4535324167 E-mail
Martin Rudbeck Jepsen Associate Professor +4535322465 E-mail
Martin Stefan Brandt Associate Professor +4544164965 E-mail
Maurice Mugabowindekwe PhD Fellow +4535325087 E-mail
Maya Pasgaard Assistant Professor   E-mail
Michael Bruce Byaruhanga Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Niels Fold Professor +4535322561 E-mail
Ole Mertz Professor +4535322529 E-mail
Pin Pravalprukskul PhD Student +4535324018 E-mail
Rasmus Fensholt Professor +4535322526 E-mail
Rasmus Skov Olesen PhD Fellow +4535326782 E-mail
Reynaldo Solis Leyva Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Rikke Brandt Broegaard Associate Professor +4535325873 E-mail
Sharon-Naomi Alcaide Manthey PhD Fellow +4535323796 E-mail
Shengping Ding Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Shidong Liu External, Ph.d Student   E-mail
Sinne Borby Ørtenblad Postdoc +4535332064 E-mail
Siyu Liu Enrolled PhD Student +4535324732 E-mail
Sizhuo Li PhD Student +4535322442 E-mail
Stefan Oehmcke External Researcher   E-mail
Stéphanie Marie Anne F Horion Associate Professor +4535325878 E-mail
Søren Julsgaard Kragh PhD Student   E-mail
Thilde Bech Bruun Associate Professor +4535333412 E-mail
Tingting Lu PhD Student +4535327073 E-mail
Torben Birch-Thomsen Associate Professor +4535322570 E-mail
Wanting Yang PhD Student   E-mail
Wenmin Zhang Postdoc +4535336646 E-mail
Xiaowei Tong External Researcher +4535332725 E-mail
Xiaoxin Zhang PhD Student +4535334925 E-mail
Xiaoye Tong Postdoc +4535331239 E-mail
Xuemei Zhang Visiting PhD Student +45+8313739072901 E-mail
Yair Asael Alpuche Alvarez PhD Student +4535327035 E-mail
Yan Cheng PhD Fellow +4535322350 E-mail
Yanbiao Xi Visiting PhD Student   E-mail
Yang Xu PhD Student +4535332954 E-mail
Zhongxiang Fang PhD Student +4535326032 E-mail

Head of Research Group

Jytte Agergaard

Phone: +45 35 32 25 67

Master's thesis topics

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

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Examples of our research

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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.