Thilde Bech Bruun
Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 København K, Område VI, Building: 06-2-647
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
Øster Voldgade 10
1350 Copenhagen K
Phone (Office): + 45 35 33 34 12
Phone (Mobile): + 45 30 25 18 34
- Carbon and nutrient dynamics in tropical agro-ecosystems
- Effects of land use changes on carbon storage in soil and vegetation
- Climate change mitigation in the land use sector
- Adaptation to climate change in the land use sector
- Agro-Ecological intensification of small-scale tropical farming systems
- Soil quality indicators
2009: PhD in geography from Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen. Title of thesis: ‘Influence of land use and inherent soil properties on the storage and turnover of soil organic carbon in tropical soils’.
2004: MSc in geography from Department of Geography, University of Copenhagen.
2015 - Now: Associate Professor at Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section of Geography, University of Copenhagen.
2009 - 2015: Assistant Professor in ‘Land use, greenhouse gasses and carbon storage in tropical agro -ecosystems’ at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Plant and Soil Science, University of Copenhagen.
2005 – 2009: PhD fellow at Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen.
2001 – 2005: Research assistant at Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, at Centre for Research in Forests and Landscapes and at The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University.
2020: 'Fair for whom? Politics, power and precarity in transformations of tropical forest-agriculture frontiers'. Funded by the Research Institute for Humanities and Nature, Kyoto. This interdisciplinary project focuses generate evidence of the social and ecological effects of transformations of shifting cultivation on ecosystems and people in different contexts and analyze possibilities for alternative pathways of change.
2018: Coupled 'Operationalising Telecoupling for Solving Sustainability Challenges for Land Use'. A European Training Network, which is granted by the European Commission in Horizon 2020. I am leading one of the work packages in this program that involves a consortium of 8 European Universities, 15 PhD students and 13 partners from companies, NGOs, international organizations and administrative bodies.
2017: Beyond the 'Supermarket Revolution Myopia' - Traditional Markets and Sustainable Upgrading Opportunities in Domestic Food Value Chains. Funded by Independent Danish Research Fund for Social Sciences. The project focuses on agricultural transformation processes by examining traditional and modern food value chains and implications for livelihoods and the environment. The project is based in Thailand.
2017: PISAI - Participatory and Integrative Support for Agricultural Initiative. An Erasmus+ Capacity building initiative funded by The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency under The European Commission. The aim of this project is to develop a double Master’s degree program in agriculture for leading Thai Universities in cooperation with European institutions.
2015: ‘Impacts of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation’ (i-REDD) - a 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. My focus is on assessing carbon storage in soil and vegetation under different land use systems in Laos and Indonesia and on developing cost-efficient methods for measuring land use induced changes in soil carbon stocks.
2014: ‘KOYOKA’ . Development of a distance education module in ‘Assessing Transformation in Smallholder Agricultural Systems and Natural Resource Management’. Funded by the Agropolis Fondation and carried out in collaboration with partners from CIRAD, Montpellier SupAgro, CATIE (Costa Rica), Makerere University (Uganda), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Egerton University (Kenya), and Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
2011: 'Assessment of the effects of small scale oil palm cultivation on soil carbon stocks'. PI in a project funded by the Consortium for Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management and carried out in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
2011: 'Environmental effects of a land use transition from extensive agriculture to intensive maize production in Northern Thailand'. PI in a project funded by the Consortium for Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management and carried out in collaboration with Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
2010: 'Project de faisabilité des resource de l’énergi renouvelables au Mali'. Project funded by the Danish National Development Cooperation, DANIDA. My contribution was to investigate the environmental impacts of using rice residues and cassava as biofuels in Northern and Southern Mali respectively.
2008: 'Indigenous soil knowledge on Bellona – a Polynesian outlier island in the Solomon Islands'. PIin a small scale project financed by Videnskabernes Selskab.
2006: 'Sustainable Resource use or Imminent Collapse? Climate, livelihoods and production in the Southwest Pacific' (CLIP). Interdisciplinary research project carried out as a part of the Galathea3 research expedition. My contribution was related to the environmental sustainability of isolated agricultural systems and effects of land use and soil type on soil carbon stocks.
2006: 'Carbon storage in different soil types after conversion of forests to permanent agriculture in Ghana'. PI in a study financed by Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen and carried out in collaboration with researchers from University of Legon, Ghana.
2005: 'Environmental sustainability of shifting cultivation systems in the Nghe An province, Northern Vietnam'. A capacity building project financed by the Danish National Development Cooperation, DANIDA and carried out in collaboration with Hanoi Agricultural University.
Teaching and supervision
I am responsible for the course ‘Climate Change – An Interdisciplinary Challenge’ which is one of the basic courses under the MSc program in Climate Change at University of Copenhagen. I am also teaching at the Interdisciplinary Field Course in Land Use and Natural Resource Management. I have been coordinating an educational program in Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management (SLUSE) that involves two Danish Universities and 10 partner universities in South East Asia and Africa (www.sluse.dk. I have supervised more than 10 masters' students and four PhD students.
Current PhD students:
Pin Pravalprukskul (2019-2022): Sustainable sourcing of agricultural commodities, spill-over effects and global-local relations.
Reynaldo Solis Leyva (2016-2019): 'Carbon sequestration and biodiversity in different land use systems on Peru'
Niharika Rahmen (2012-2017): 'Environmental efficiencies and controversies: Yield intensification in oil palm production systems of South East Asia'
Previous PhD students
Von Yi Yap (2013-2017): 'The potential and constraints of adopting legumes in maize-based cropping systems within small scale farming systems of Northern Thailand'
Catherine Maria Hepp (2013-2017): 'Sustainable intensification strategies and improved nutrient use efficiency in upland farming systems in Southeast Asia’
Proyuth Ly (2009 - 2012): 'Low external input tropical agriculture: livelihoods, greenhouse gasses and sustainability: a study on the role of the system of rice intensification (SRI) in rain-fed lowland rice ecosystem in Cambodia'