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.
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