Lennart Olsson

Lennart Olsson

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Lennart Olsson is Professor of Geography at Lund University and the founder of LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies), for which he was the director until August 2016. He was also the PI and coordinator of the 10-year Linnaeus Centre LUCID (Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability) 2008 - 2018. His research fields include human-nature interactions in the context of land degradation, climate change and food security/sovereignty in Africa and globally. His current research focuses on the politics of agriculture and climate change with a special interest in radical agricultural change. He has had research positions in Australia, USA and Hong Kong and participated in several international assignments including the IPCC and UNEP-GEO assessments. He was coordinating lead author (CLA) for the chapter on livelihoods and poverty (Chapter 13) in IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, WG II, 2011-14, and CLA for the chapter on Land Degradation in the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (2017-19). In 2023 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant: The PERENNIAL Project.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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