Research Projects

Fifteen individual PhD research projects, conducted by Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), put the telecoupling research approach into practice. They are are grouped in three overarching, interrelating work packages.


How inter-dependent are land and resource systems in today’s world, and what are new or unexpected actors and processes creating the telecouplings that produce these dependencies?

ESR 01: Understanding conservation telecouplings

ESR 02: Social-ecological metabolism approaches to analyse telecouplings related to international trade

ESR 03: How can private companies promote sustainable land use through their supply chains

ESR 04: Impacts of changing lifestyles and ecosystem service demands

ESR 05: Measuring the effectiveness of corporate zero deforestation commitments in South East Asia


How is sustainability governance of land use and land-based products affected by differences in the type of linkages and telecouplings and the scale at which they operate?

ESR 06: Spill-over effects of demands for certified tropical products in Europe

ESR 07: Environmental impact assessments in a telecoupled world

ESR 08: Justices and injustices in the soy value chain

ESR 09: Characterisation and visualization of telecouplings in Large Scale Land Acquisitions

ESR 10: Stickiness in international trade of agricultural and forestry products


Which enabling conditions are required to generate opportunities for a more sustainable allocation of resources in a telecoupled world?

ESR 11: Exploring telecouplings between mining and land change in Africa

ESR 12: Governance institutions for sustainability in globally telecoupled systems

ESR 13: Land use impacts of the clean development mechanism in a telecoupled world

ESR 14: Telecouplings, supply chain analysis and transparency

ESR 15: International forest conservation discourses and local decisions as telecoupled systems

The work packages provide a platform for collaborative, comparative and cross-sectoral research. Each ESR is grounded in one of the three work packages, but also interact with the others as well as contribute to the synthesis activities. Working together and combining methodological expertise and disciplinary lenses will enable ESRs to quantify the impacts of telecouplings, explore causal links in them, and use their collective insights to identifying leverage points aimed at balancing trade-offs.