Emma Johansson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Participatory Action Research, Large-scale land acquisitions

Research

I am a physical geographer and sustainability scientist, and my main interests are to develop interdisciplinary research approaches to understand complex sustainability challenges.

I am currently in the start-up phase of a three year postdoc entitled “Visualizing the future – charting pathways for sustainable development with participatory art and scenario thinking”, which will be based at LUCSUS at Lund University, IFRO at Copenhagen University, and Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.

My research interests are mainly to study drivers and effects of land use change in areas where land is acquired by foreign agribusinesses, focusing on how people are affecting – and affected by – changes in land and water availability. Land use change is driven by multiple interconnected societal and environmental processes, which act on different scales in time and space.

For my PhD thesis I applied mixed methods to analyze 'land grabbing' from a global to local scale. The global to continental scale of analysis is quantitative and relates to the global connectivity of land acquisitions and changes in water supply and demand, while the local studies are qualitative and use participatory art to understand local perceptions of socio-environmental change, and future aspirations for change.

Prior to the Post Doc, I was engaged in a research project where we estimated changes in terrestrial carbon in Cambodia. Cambodia is a country that is experiencing rapid and extensive deforestation that can be partly linked to land grabbing. We mapped the changes in carbon pools in space and through time, and also mapped where the carbon loss is virtually exported.

Recent research outputs

Jonathan Seaquist & Emma Johansson, 2019, Telecoupling: Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World. Friis, C. & Nielsen, J. (eds.). UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 199-211 12 p. (Palgrave Studies in Natural Resource Management).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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