Postcards from the field: Soybeans in Brazil

After a few months of traveling the soy fields of Brazil trying to figure out the complex relationships that drive agricultural supply chains, COUPLED PhD Tiago sent us a postcard with his initial reflections from his fieldwork. Written by Tiago Reis Every day I ask myself: What am I doing, and why am I doing…

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Why and how legal changes affect iconic protected areas?

Written by Siyu Qin As the cornerstone of conservation, protected areas (PA) are often expected to provide permanent protection to nature, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. In reality, however, legal changes made to loosen the PA restrictions (downgrade), shrink the PA boundaries (downsize), and remove the protection status (degazette) are widespread and through the history of…

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KOSMOS: Navigating the Sustainability Transformation

Written by Nicocas Roux (ESR 02) and Floris Leijtenen (ESR 05) On the occasion of the 250th birthday of the famous geographer Alexander von Humboldt, Humboldt University of Berlin hosted the KOSMOS conference between August 28 – 30, as part of a broader movement to help society navigate the sustainability transformation in the 21st century.…

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Eric Lambin awarded Blue Planet Prize 2019

Eric Lambin, earth system science professor at Universite Catholique de Louvain and Stanford University, has been honored with the 2019 Blue Planet Prize. This award is widely considered the Nobel Prize for science that contributes to solving global environmental problems. Eric’s current research tries to understand how globalization affects global land use, and how private…

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Becoming Qualitative Researchers

ATC 11 – Qualitative Research Methods at the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, 27 April 2019 Written by Sahar Malik, ESR 14 After three days of intense discussions and networking at the Global Land Programme Open Science Meeting 2019 in Bern, the group of ESRs spent a rainy Saturday at the Centre…

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Just conservation in a globalized world: a telecoupling perspective

Written by Sébastien Boillat, Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland This blog post was written as part of a series of external contributions on topics related to telecoupling. Biological diversity on the planet is declining fast. To curb this crisis, governments, associations and private foundations have joined forces to create vast networks of national…

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The Art of Writing

Advanced Training Course “Scientific Writing”, 11-15 March 2019. Written by Finn Mempel. It is no secret that some of the most creative painters have looked for inspiration by visiting and immersing themselves into natural and cultural landscapes. While producing academic papers might seem a world apart from the color-splashing, emotive process of creating a piece…

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Book Publication on Telecoupling – How Researchers track Land-Use Change in a Globalised World

In a newly published book, COUPLED researchers examine how global land-use change can be better understood through ‘telecoupling’ Land use is essential to our well-being and therefore central to many of the largest sustainability challenges in the 21st Century, including global food security, climate change mitigation, access to clean water and air, and biodiversity conservation.…

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A busy week in breath-taking Barcelona

Advanced Training Course “Governance and Justice in Telecoupling”, 5-7 March 2019. Written by Joel Persson. On Tuesday morning, ESRs gathered at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (or for the non-catalan-speakers amongst us, ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for nearly three days packed full with stimulating content, exciting presentations and non-stop intense…

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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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Getting theoretical

Advanced Training Course on Place-based Assessments of Land Systems Louvain-la-Neuve, 28-30 November 2018 After two intense days in Amsterdam, COUPLED PhD students boarded the Thalys train to Brussels before arriving with the local train in Louvain-la-Neuve on Tuesday evening. We almost lost our coordinator on the way, but it turned out that Prof.Jonas Nielsen had…

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Modelling our way to a better understanding of land use

Advanced Training Course on Modelling Land-Use Change (Amsterdam, 26-27 November 2018) After two days of intense work the goals were accomplished, the fear of models was gone and our understanding of land use models notably increased, up to the point where some of the PhD fellows realized they knew a lot less than they thought.…

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We welcome our PhD fellow Nicolas at Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna

We are very happy to introduce our PhD fellow Nicolas! Nicolas Roux, supervised by Helmut Haberl, will be working on the research project Socio-ecological metabolism approaches to analyse telecoupling related to international trade (ESR 02), based at Institute of Social Ecology (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna). From its early stage, Nicolas’ research has always…

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We welcome our PhD fellow Gabi at University of Bern

We are very happy to introduce our PhD fellow Gabi! Gabi Sonderegger (ESR 09), supervised by Andreas Heinimann, will be working on the research project Characterisation and visualisation of telecouplings in Large Scale Land Acquisitions in Southeast Asia, based at University of Bern. Gabi has a multi-disciplinary background in Geography, Sustainable Development and International Development studies.…

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We welcome our PhD fellow Floris at Unilever UK

We are very happy to introduce our PhD fellow Floris! Floris Leijten (ESR 05), supervised by Sarah Sim (Unilever UK) and Peter Verburg (VU Amsterdam), will be working on the research project Measuring the effectiveness of corporate zero deforestation commitments in South East Asia, based at Unilever UK. Floris holds a MSc degree in Environmental Economics from…

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We welcome our PhD fellow Simon at University of Louvain

We are very happy to introduce our COUPLED fellow Simon! Simon Bager (ESR 3), supervised by Eric Lambin, will be working on How can private companies promote sustainable land use through their supply chains, based at the University of Louvain. Until recently, Simon worked at COWI, a Scandinavian environment and engineering consultancy with offices in…

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Looking back on our Summer School

I walked into a very complex world, and I, myself, cannot answer all of those interesting questions. But knowing that there is a whole network of people all pursuing slightly different pathways, looking at slightly different subjects, but all trying to answer this one question, is for me the most exciting part of COUPLED. Siyu Qin…

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We welcome our PhD fellow Siyu at Humboldt University Berlin

We are very happy to welcome a new COUPLED fellow, Siyu! Siyu Qin (ESR 01), supervised by Tobias Kuemmerle, will be working on the research project Understanding conservation telecouplings, based at Humboldt University, Berlin. Before COUPLED, Siyu was working at Conservation International’s Moore Center for Science as a researcher and project manager. Her work involved…

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We welcome our PhD fellow Tiago at University of Louvain

We are very happy to welcome a new COUPLED fellow, Tiago! Tiago Reis (ESR 10), supervised  by Patrick Meyfroidt, will be working on the research project 10, Stickiness in international trade of agricultural and forestry products, based at the University of Louvain. Until recently, Tiago worked at IPAM, a Brazilian science-based NGO located in Brasília and…

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New paper on spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene in “Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability”

A new paper by our Advisory Board member Jianguo Liu et al. (among others our colleagues Ed Challies and Cecilie Friis) on Spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene: typology, methods, and governance for global sustainability has been published. The paper is the outcome of a collaboration based on a symposium at the Conference of the International Association…

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We welcome our first fellow Joel at University of Copenhagen

We are very happy to welcome our first COUPLED fellow, Joel! Joel Persson (ESR 15), supervised  by Ole Mertz, will be working on the research project 15, International forest conservation discourses and local decisions as telecoupled systems, based at the University of Copenhagen. Joel completed his Master’s programme in International Development and Management at Lund…

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1 PhD position (3 years) in Governance Institutions for Sustainability in Globally Telecoupled Systems (Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany)

The  Research Group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability, affiliated both with Leuphana’s Faculty of Sustainability and with its Centre for the Study of Democracy,  seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates for 1 PhD position (3 years) in Governance Institutions for Sustainability in Globally Telecoupled Systems, starting from 01 July 2018 (preferred). We seek a candidate with an…

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1 PhD position (3 years) in Characterisation and visualisation of telecouplings in Large Scale Land Acquisitions in Southeast Asia (CDE, Bern)

The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at University of Bern (Switzerland) seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates for 1 PhD position (3 years) in Characterisation and visualisation of telecouplings in Large Scale Land Acquisitions in Southeast Asia, starting from 01 July 2018 (preferred). We seek a candidate with MSc in Geography, Sustainability Science, Environmental Science or related disciplines.…

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1 PhD position (3 years) in Socio-ecological metabolism approaches to analyse telecoupling related to international trade (SEC, Vienna)

The Institute of Social Ecology Vienna (SEC) at Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt (UNI-KLU) seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates for 1 PhD position (3 years) in Socio-ecological metabolism approaches to analyse telecoupling related to international trade, starting from 01 September 2018 or earlier. We seek a candidate with an above-average MSc (or equivalent degree) in interdisciplinary environmental sciences such…

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Special issue on “Telecoupling: A new frontier for Global Sustainability” in Ecology & Society

The first papers of a special issue on Telecoupling: A new frontier for Global Sustainability in Ecology & Society have now been published and are available online: https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/issues/view.php?sf=125. It was guest-edited by Jack Liu, one of our Advisory Board Member. We are happy that Cecilie Friis and Jonas Ø Nielsen contribute to the Telecoupling Issue…

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The application window is now closed

Thank you very much for submitting applications for the COUPLED Innovative Training Network We do appreciate the time that you invested in this application. The application window is now closed. But please check our website and social media channels for updated information in case we might re-open the call for some of the positions: http://coupled-itn.eu/. Thanks…

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Become part of a new generation of young scientists to solve sustainability challenges in land use – the call for 15 PhD positions is open now!

Start you PhD with us!   Are you interested in land-use change?   Would you like to be trained in the telecoupling framework and be on the forefront of understanding processes and actors that influence land-use in an interconnected world?   Would you like to become an expert in trans- and interdisciplinary concepts and methodologies?…

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COUPLED will kick off in 2018

The network “COUPLED – Operationalising Telecoupling for Solving Sustainability Challenges for Land Use” is a joint graduate school of Humboldt University in Berlin, other European universities and partner organisations from business and civil society. It is funded by the European Union. The program will run until 2022 and will train outstanding PhD students in trans-…

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