dr. Y. Dou (Yue)

Assistant Professor

About Me

My research program focuses on applying geospatial analysis and modeling approaches to study food systems in the context of global change. I am particularly interested in addressing human actors’ heterogeneity and agency in land use modeling, through which leverage points of the system can be identified for interventions.

My overarching goal is to provide sustainable solutions for social and ecological issues associated with land use change and food systems, such as: how to effectively reduce deforestation, enhance biodiversity accounting for land management, and safeguard food security and livelihood. A main part of my research portfolio is using novel geo-simulation (e.g., agent-based model, optimization land use model) as a hub, facilitated by spatio-temporal analysis to simulate different human agents (e.g., smallholder farmers, supply-chain actors, government officials) interacting with different environments (e.g., the fast-changing Amazon delta, Brazilian savannah–Cerrado, different bioclimatic regions of Europe). 

I welcome students who are interested in topics relevant to food security, and in methods of agent-based models, spatial analysis to contact me. 

For a complete profile please visit my Google Scholar page.


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Labor Migration
Protected Area
Spillover Effect
Sustainable Development Goal
Agriculture & Biology


Jin, X., Luan, W., Yang, J., Yue, W., Wan, S. , Yang, D., Xiao, X., Xue, B. , Dou, Y., Lyu, F., & Wang, S. (2023). From the coast to the interior: global economic evolution patterns and mechanisms. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 10(1), Article 723. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-023-02234-4
Dou, Y., Zagaria, C., O'Connor, L., Thuiller, W., & Verburg, P. H. (2023). Using the Nature Futures Framework as a lens for developing plural land use scenarios for Europe for 2050. Global environmental change, 83, Article 102766. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2023.102766
Silva, R. F. B. D., Millington, J. D. A., Viña, A. , Dou, Y., Moran, E., Batistella, M., Lapola, D. M., & Liu, J. (2023). Balancing food production with climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. Science of the total environment, 904, Article 166681. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.166681
Bicudo da Silva, R. F., Moran, E., Viña, A., Millington, J. D. A. , Dou, Y., Vieira, S. A., Lopez, M. C., & Liu, J. (2023). Toward a forest transition across the Brazilian Atlantic Forest biome. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 6, Article 1071495. https://doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2023.1071495
Dou, Y., da Silva, R. F. B., Batistella, M., Torres, S., Moran, E., & Liu, J. (2023). Mapping crop producer perceptions: The role of global drivers on local agricultural land use in Brazil. Land use policy, 133, 106862. Article 106862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2023.106862
Yang, H., Dietz, T., Li, Y. , Dou, Y., Wang, Y., Huang, Q., Zhang, J., Songer, M., & Liu, J. (2022). Unraveling human drivers behind complex interrelationships among sustainable development goals: a demonstration in a flagship protected area. Ecology and society, 27(3), Article 15. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-13275-270315
Yang, H., Ligmann-Zielinska, A. , Dou, Y., Chung, M. G., Zhang, J., & Liu, J. (2022). Complex effects of telecouplings on forest dynamics: An agent-based modeling approach. Earth Interactions, 26(1), 15-27. https://doi.org/10.1175/EI-D-20-0029.1
Yang, H., Vina, A., Winkler, J. A., Chung, M. G., Huang, Q. , Dou, Y., McShea, W. J., Songer, M., Zhang, J., & Liu, J. (2021). A global assessment of the impact of individual protected areas on preventing forest loss. Science of the total environment, 777, 1-10. Article 145995. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145995

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1121
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7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1121
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands