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University of Leeds

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The University of Leeds has expertise in integrated modeling, coupling agent-based, regional economic, hydrological, nutrient flow, erosion and biodiversity models at a landscape scale. Environmental Science in Leeds is a recognised centre of research excellence, as the second largest recipient of the Government’s Natural Environment Research Council blue skies funding. The University’s Sustainability Research Institute is a centre of excellence for participatory research, conducting interdisciplinary environmental analysis for sustainable land management, and the River Basin Processes and Management research group in the School of GeographyLeedsEurope and Africa through a series of EU-funded projects (e.g. MEDALUS, DESERTLINKS, PESERA) and other bodies (e.g. UNDP/GEF, Royal Society, UK Government Research Councils). The team conducts strategic and applied research that connects environmental knowledge to public and private sector decision making at local, regional, national and international levels. regularly publishes in top journals including Nature and Science. The team have led land degradation research in

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Dr Mark Reed

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Interdisciplinary research on participatory conservation, focusing on land degradation, sustainability indicators and participatory processes.

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Prof Mike Kirkby

 

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Physical geographer specialising in modeling landscape processes including: hillslope sediment transport processesm, hillslope and network hydrology; and landscape and regional scale models.

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Dr Joseph Holden

 

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Physical geographer and  ecohydrologist,  working on plant-soil-water relationships, developing land management policies and understanding impacts of management and climate change on environmental processes.

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Dr Mette Termansen

 

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Ecological economist specialising in natural resource economics, agent based and spatial modelling. Applications in forest economics and assessing impacts of landuse and climate change on plant diversity.

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Dr Klaus Hubacek

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Ecological economist specialising in integrated modelling, scenario analysis, land use change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable consumption.

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Dr Andy Dougill

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Environmental scientist specialising in soil degradation, agricultural development and soil nutrient budgets.

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Dr Evan Fraser

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Anthropologist focussing on on food security and sustainable agriculture, specifically interested in the resilience of community food systems in light of climate change and economic globalization

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Dr. Lindsay StringerE-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Lindsay is a physical geographer who's research is interdisciplinary and uses theories and methods from both the natural and social sciences to understand the political ecologies of environmental change.Image

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Dr. Mark Reed

    Interdisciplinary research on participatory conservation, focusing on land degradation, sustainability indicators and participatory processes. A plant ecologist by training, who has worked on people-plant interactions in sub-Saharan Africa, publishing regularly in ecological journals. His work has focused on ecological indicators of land degradation in forest and savanna ecosystems. He has been developing ways to combine local and scientific knowledge so that ecological indicators can be used accurately and easily by land managers.
Prof. Mike Kirkby
    Physical geographer specialising in modeling landscape processes including: hillslope sediment transport processesm, hillslope and network hydrology; and landscape and regional scale models
Dr. Joseph Holden
    Physical geographer and  ecohydrologist who has worked on plant-soil-water relationships in a number of environments. He has a PhD from the University of Durham and has received grants from the UK research councils, industry and public bodies (e.g. English Nature, English Heritage, Environment Agency). His work with industry and public bodies has focussed on developing land management policies and understanding potential impacts of management and climate change on environmental processes.
Dr. Mette Termansen
    Ecological economist specialising in natural resource economics, agent based and spatial modelling. Her PhD developed spatio-temporal modelling approaches in forest economics to enable environmental effects to be taken into account. Since then, she has worked on integration of discrete choice modelling and GIS and developing spatially disaggregated recreation modelling evaluating reafforesation policies in Denmark. Furthermore, she has worked on the development of modelling tools to enable assessment of plant biodiversity impacts of land use and climate change in the UK
Dr. Klaus Hubacek
    Ecological economist specialising in integrated modelling, scenario analysis, land use change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable consumption. He received a MBA from the University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) in Vienna, Austria and an MSc in Economics and PhD in Ecological Economics from RPI, Troy, NY. He has worked on a variety of topics including renewable energy, material flow analysis, input-output modelling and appropriate technology. He has participated in two EU-funded international research projects: Policy Decision Support for Sustainable Adaptation of China’s Agriculture to Globalization (CHINAGRO) and MOdelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards SUStainability (MOSUS).
Dr. Andy Dougill
    Environmental scientist specialising in soil degradation, agricultural development and soil nutrient budgets. He has developed integrated participatory methodologies for stakeholder-led land degradation assessments in a range of agro-ecological zones across the globe including semi-arid savannas, dryland mixed farming systems, mountain farming systems and temperate upland ecosystems. He has provided inputs to national, regional and international reviews of land degradation assessment methods for a wide range of academic and institutional reports. 
Dr. Evan Fraser
     Anthropologist focussing on on food security and sustainable agriculture. Specifically, he is interested in the resilience of community food systems in light of climate change and economic globalization, and how farm management responds to these different types of risks. He has focused on case studies in North America, South East Asia, and Central America, and have studied how increased trade in agricultural commodities affects farm management and how this in turn affects the environment.
Dr. Lindsay Stringer
Lindsay’s research is interdisciplinary and uses theories and methods from both the natural and social sciences to understand the political ecologies of environmental change. She has worked in Africa (South Africa, Swaziland), UK and Eastern Europe (Romania). Lindsay has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals, as well as book chapters, working papers, book reviews, magazine articles and policy reports. She has also presented her work at international conferences across the world. Lindsay has a growing international consultancy reputation and has undertaken commissioned work on several occasions for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Secretariat, as well as for the UK Government’s Department for International Development.

Dr. Mark Reed's expertise in participatory conservation focuses on land degradation, sustainability indicators and participatory processes. Over the last 10 years, he has applied these skills in a range of interdisciplinary projects in the UK and Africa. His work has been published in peer-reviewed articles for international journals, book chapters, magazine articles and other publications, in addition to coverage by BBC Radio 4, the Guardian and southern Africa newspapers. He has been invited to present this work at a number of international conferences and has been involved in international consultancy. Over the last 10 years, he has led research proposals that have secured £0.73M from organisations such as the Global Environment Facility, the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the UK Government Research Councils (ESRC, NERC & BBSRC). He modeled the carbon dynamics of land use change in UK uplands, before coming to Leeds, where he gained his PhD working on land degradation assessment with communities in the Kalahari, Botswana. Research is ongoing to develop a global land degradation monitoring system based on the approach he has developed. He is currently co-leading an interdisciplinary project (with Klaus Hubacek) that includes most of the researchers listed above, combining stakeholder processes with integrated modeling to predict and monitor land use change in UK uplands.

References
Hubacek, K., Sun L. (2001) A Scenario Analysis of China's Land Use Change: Incorporating Biophysical Information into Input-Output Modeling. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 12: 367-397.
Kirkby, M.J. (2001) Modelling the interactions between soil surface properties and water erosion. Catena 46: 89-102.
Lane, S.N., Brookes, C.J., Kirkby, M.J., Holden, J. (2004) A network index based version of TOPMODEL for use with high resolution digital topographic data. Hydrological Processes 18: 191-201.
Reed, M.S., Fraser, E.D.G., Dougill, A.J. (in press) An adaptive learning process for developing and applying sustainability indicators with local communities, forthcoming in Ecological Economics.
Stagl, S.T., Cox, G. Erickson, J., Hubacek K. (2001). A Multi-Criteria Analysis for Open Space Conservation in New York State. In: Makowski, M., Nakayama H. (eds.) Natural Resources Management and System Analysis. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
Termansen, M., McClean, C.J., Preston, C.D. (in press) The use of generic algorithms and baysian classification to model species distributions. Forthcoming in Ecological Modelling.
Stringer L.C.; Reed, M.S. (2007) Land degradation assessment in Southern Africa: integrating local and scientific knowledge bases, Land Degradation and Development, 18, pp.99-116. doi:10.1002/ldr.760
Stringer, L.C.; Thomas D.S.G.; Twyman C. (2006) From global politics to local users: applying the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Swaziland, The Geographical Journal

 

 
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