Yahia Mahmoud

Yahia Mahmoud

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Yahia Mahmoud is senior lecturer in Human Geography and Development Studies. Before turning to geography he studied international relations and political science in Latin America, Development Studies in Sweden and China’s socio-economic transformation at South China Normal University in Canton. Nowadays, his research interest is within the confines of development geography and development studies, but he also deals with issues of foreign aid, international relations, particularly China’s role as a global actor, and political ecology. 

Since 2002 he has been teaching development studies, human geography and human ecology at the department of Human Geography and theory of science and methods at the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Between 2004 and 2008 Yahia worked as a consultant for the Salvadorian government to do the preliminary studies for the development planning of the Cabañas region.

Current research projects

Assessing the potential socio-economic opportunities and challenges of Bio-char adoption on small-holder farming systems. The main objective of this project is to map and assess the potential socio-economic impacts that a wider production and use of biochar might have in three regions in Kenya. The project involves a team of researcher from  SLU Uppsala, Lund University and ITTA in Kenya and it is funded by SIDA.

Socio-spatial transformations in the area of Korup National Park in Cameroon. The purpose of this project is to assess the dependence of local people on ecosystem services obtained from tropical forests, and the sustainability of different kinds of resource extraction. The project uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the conflicting interests and uses of resources, in order to identify possible solutions that would be beneficial to both local people and tropical forest conservation. The study combines remote sensing, ecological field studies, surveys and interviews with households and local people. The project is a collaboration between the department of Human Geography and the Department of Biology at Lund University.


  • Development Studies
  • Human geography
  • Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)


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