Y. Dou PhD (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


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), [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. [145995]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145995
Dou, Y., Cosentino, F., Malek, Z., Maiorano, L., Thuiller, W., & Verburg, P. H. (2021). A new European land systems representation accounting for landscape characteristics. Landscape ecology, 36, 2215-2234. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-021-01227-5
da Silva, R. F. B., Vina, A., Moran, E. F. , Dou, Y., Batistella, M., & Liu, J. (2021). Socioeconomic and environmental effects of soybean production in metacoupled systems. Scientific reports, 11, 1-12. [18662]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-98256-6
Dou, Y., Yao, G., Herzberger, A., da Silva, R. F. B., Song, Q., Hovis, C., Batistella, M., Moran, E., Wu, W., & Liu, J. (2020). Land-use changes in distant places: implementation of a telecoupled agent-based model. Journal of artificial societies and social simulation, 23(1), 1-29. https://doi.org/10.18564/jasss.4211
Dou, Y., Deadman, P. J., Berbés-Blázquez, M., Vogt, N. D., & Almeida, O. (2020). Pathways out of poverty through the lens of development resilience: an agent-based simulation. Ecology and society, 25(4), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-11842-250403
Liu, J. , Dou, Y., Batistella, M., Challies, E., Connor, T., Friis, C., Millington, J., Parish, E., Romulo, C., da Silva, R. F. B., Triezenberg, H., Yang, H., Zhao, Z., Zimmerer, K., Huettmann, F., Treglia, M. L., Basher, Z., Chung, M. G., Herzberger, A., ... Sun, J. (2018). Spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene: typology, methods, and governance for global sustainability. Current opinion in environmental sustainability, 33, 58-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.009
Dou, Y., da Silva, R. F. B., Yang, H., & Liu, J. (2018). Spillover effect offsets the conservation effort in the Amazon. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 28, 1715-1732. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11442-018-1539-0

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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University of Twente
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7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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7500 AE Enschede
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