Magnus Jirström


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences


Magnus Jirström is Professor of Human Geography at Lund University since 2010. He teaches courses in development geography and development studies and supervises bachelor, master and doctoral theses. He is the chairman of LUMID, Lund University Master Program in International Development and Management in which he is the course convener of the course on Rural and Urban Development and Livelihoods. Magnus is the chair of Lund University Africa Strategy Group which is responsible for the implementation of Lund University’s strategy for research and educational cooperation with African Universities.

Magnus’ research interests are focused on rural and agricultural development in low-income countries with a regional emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. He has done fieldwork in Malaysia, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. His research work includes studies on: ●technological change in smallholder agriculture; ●income diversification among smallholders; ●agricultural policy and the role of the state in agricultural transformations; ●the role of local organizations and NGOs in rural development. Magnus is a co-founder and member of the LU-based Swedish-African research program Afrint. Currently, he leads the theme Social and economic dimensions of smallholder-based agriculture and food security within the Sida supported program AgriFoSe2030 (Agriculture for Food Security 2030 – Translating science into policy and practice,

Magnus currently participates in two other research projects:

  • EAT ADDIS – What’s to eat? Women, Children and the urban food environment: the case of Addis Ababa. Financed by The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) (2017-2021)
  • Why nations catch up: Explaining patterns of leaps and plunges among developing countries in the global economy, 1950-2013. Financed by The Wallenberg Foundations (2016-2020)



Recent research outputs

Berhane, H. Y., Magnus Jirström, Abdelmenan, S., Berhane, Y., Alsanius, B., Trenholm, J. & Eva-Charlotte Ekström, 2020 Mar 7, In : Nutrients. 12, 3, 712.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alsanius, B. W., Magnus Jirström, Naznin, M. T., Khalil, S. & Ekström, E-C., 2020 Feb 26, Achieving sustainable urban agriculture. Wiskerke, J. S. C. (ed.). Cambridge UK: Burleigh Doods Science Publishing Limited, p. 1-57 57 p.

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

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