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


  • Participatory Action Research, Large-scale land acquisitions


I am a physical geographer and part of Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability, where I am encouraged to think in an interdisciplinary way to understand complex sustainability challenges. My research is about drivers and effects of land use change in areas where land is acquired by foreign agribusinesses, focussing on how people are affecting – and affected by – changes in land and water availability. Land use change is driven by multiple inter-connected societal and environmental processes, which act on different scales in time and space. I apply mixed methods to analyse the phenomenon 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.

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).

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