COUPLED is a four-year, European Training Network granted by the EC under Horizon 2020.

We put the research approach of TELECOUPLING into action for solving sustainability challenges for land use. How to understand processes and actors that influence land use in an increasingly interconnected world? We train a new generation of young scientists to better integrate research, innovation and social responsibility.


Postcards from the field: A gold mine in Tanzania

Written by Anna Frohn Pedersen. Postcards from a gold mine in Tanzania. In October 2018, I travelled to Tanzania, seeking to understand how an increased global focus on sustainable mining has affected small scale mining practices. What I encountered was a sector with much entrepreneurship and where hope and risk go hand in hand. It…

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Postcards from the field: Laos, October 2018

Written by Joel Persson. The Long Road Ahead – Reflections on a few weeks of preliminary fieldwork in Laos. When I arrived in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, I had, luckily, already established a few leads and contacts to get me going during these initial few days. While in Vientiane, I spent most of my…

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26-27 November 2018 / Amsterdam
Modelling land use change: methods and approaches to represent human-environment interactions in simulation models (Advanced Training Course)

Introduces spatial modelling of telecoupled land systems, emphasising models dealing with human-environment interactions across scales and sectors. ESRs will learn how to incorporate agency in land system models, how to assess displace-ment explicitly, and how to explore impacts of land change under a range of scenarios. Topics: Land system modelling; multi-agent models; down-scaling techniques; uncertainty; input and boundary choices.
Lead: Peter Verburg and Nynke Schulp

Location: Institute for Environmental Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

28-30 November 2018 / Louvain-la-Neuve
Place-based Assessments of Land Systems (Advanced Training Course)

Explores how local-scale case studies allows for an exploration of underlying causes of land change. PhD fellows will learn how to assess land systems spatially by GIS/remote sensing, ascribe agency and causality via quasi-experimental set-ups and agent-based models, and combine qualitative and quantitative research. Topics: case studies; place-based sustainability indictors; driver chains & causality; environmental systems; unit of analysis.
Lead: Patrick Meyfroidt and Eric Lambin

Location: Earth and Life Institute (Université catholique de Louvain)