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.


  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance

    • Sustainability
    • Production
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • Area
    • Land
    • Investigation
    • Impact
    • Socioeconomics
  • Social Sciences

    • Livelihood



Mapping sustainability-oriented China’s cropland use stabilityComputers and electronics in agriculture, 219, Article 108823. Liang, X., Jin, X., Dou, Y., Zhang, X., Li, H., Wang, S., Meng, F., Tan, S. & Zhou, Y.‐use intensity influences European tetrapod food websGlobal change biology, 30(2), Article e17167. Botella, C., Gaüzère, P., O'Connor, L., Ohlmann, M., Renaud, J., Dou, Y., Graham, C. H., Verburg, P. H., Maiorano, L. & Thuiller, W.
Balancing food production with climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation in the Brazilian AmazonScience of the total environment, 904, Article 166681. Silva, R. F. B. d., Millington, J. D. A., Viña, A., Dou, Y., Moran, E., Batistella, M., Lapola, D. M. & Liu, J. the Nature Futures Framework as a lens for developing plural land use scenarios for Europe for 2050Global environmental change, 83, Article 102766. Dou, Y., Zagaria, C., O'Connor, L., Thuiller, W. & Verburg, P. H. the coast to the interior: global economic evolution patterns and mechanismsHumanities and Social Sciences Communications, 10(1), Article 723. Jin, X., Luan, W., Yang, J., Yue, W., Wan, S., Yang, D., Xiao, X., Xue, B., Dou, Y., Lyu, F. & Wang, S. crop producer perceptions: The role of global drivers on local agricultural land use in BrazilLand use policy, 133, Article 106862, 106862. Dou, Y., da Silva, R. F. B., Batistella, M., Torres, S., Moran, E. & Liu, J. a forest transition across the Brazilian Atlantic Forest biomeFrontiers in Forests and Global Change, 6, Article 1071495. Bicudo da Silva, R. F., Moran, E., Viña, A., Millington, J. D. A., Dou, Y., Vieira, S. A., Lopez, M. C. & Liu, J.

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Courses academic year 2023/2024

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Courses academic year 2022/2023


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