Magnus Jirström

Magnus Jirström


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Magnus Jirström is a Professor in Human Geography with a focus on development geography. He teaches courses in development geography and development studies and supervises bachelor, master and doctoral theses. He is a member of the board of LUMID, Lund University Master Program in International Development and Management in which he convenes the course on Rural and Urban Development and Livelihoods. Magnus is a member of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Magnus’ research interests focus on rural and agricultural development in low-income countries with a regional emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  His research work includes studies on: ●socio-economic and environmental impacts of technological change in smallholder agriculture; ●income diversification among smallholders; ●agricultural policy and the role of the state in agricultural transformations; ● urban agriculture and transforming urban food systems in secondary cities in sub-Saharan Africa; ●the role of local organizations and NGOs in rural development. Magnus is a co-founder and member of the LU-based Swedish-African Afrint group. Currently, he leads Challenge 4 "Smallholder Agriculture within Transforming Food System" being part of the Sida supported program Agriculture for Food Security 2030 – Translating science into policy and practice,

Magnus currently participates in two research projects:

  • Healthy vs. unhealthy food choices? Unpacking the drivers of mothers’ feeding decisions for their young children. A mixed methods study in Addis Ababa. Financed by The Swedish Research Council (VR) 2023-2026.
  • Mixing household surveys, satellite imagery and machine learning in human development studies: Is it (finally) time for satellite imagery in social science research? Financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) 2020-2023.


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences


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