Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World

  • Cecilie Friis
  • Jonas Ø. Nielsen

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Natural Resource Management book series (PSNRM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Cecilie Friis, Jonas Ø. Nielsen
    Pages 1-15
  3. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jinguo Liu, Anna Herzberger, Kelly Kapsar, Andrew K. Carlson, Thomas Connor
      Pages 19-48
    3. Patrick Meyfroidt
      Pages 69-86
  4. Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Christian Levers, Daniel Müller
      Pages 89-113
    3. Rachael Garrett, Ximena Rueda
      Pages 115-137
    4. Anke Schaffartzik, Thomas Kastner
      Pages 139-148
    5. Javier Godar, Toby Gardner
      Pages 149-175
    6. Edward Challies, Jens Newig, Andrea Lenschow
      Pages 177-197
    7. Jonathan W. Seaquist, Emma Li Johansson
      Pages 199-211
    8. Esteve Corbera, Louise Marie Busck-Lumholt, Finn Mempel, Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos
      Pages 213-232
    9. Yann le Polain de Waroux
      Pages 233-249
    10. Peter H. Verburg
      Pages 251-260
    11. Dagmar Haase
      Pages 261-280
    12. Tobias Kuemmerle, Thomas Kastner, Patrick Meyfroidt, Siyu Qin
      Pages 281-302
    13. Jonas Ø. Nielsen, Janine Hauer, Cecilie Friis
      Pages 303-312
    14. Joel Persson, Ole Mertz
      Pages 313-336
  5. Agenda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Jonas Ø. Nielsen, Cecilie Friis, Jörg Niewöhner
      Pages 339-355
    3. Julie G. Zaehringer, Flurina Schneider, Andreas Heinimann, Peter Messerli
      Pages 357-381
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 383-402

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive exploration of the emerging concept and framework of telecoupling and how it can help create a better understanding of land-use change in a globalised world. Land-use change is increasingly characterised by a spatial disconnect between its main environmental, socioeconomic and political drivers and the main impacts and outcomes of those changes. The authors examine how this separation of the production and consumption of land-based resources is driven by population growth, urbanisation, climate change, and biodiversity and carbon conservation efforts. Identifying and fostering more sustainable, just and equitable modes of land use and intervening in unsustainable ones thus constitute substantial, almost overwhelming challenges for science and policy. This book brings together leading scholars on land-use change and sustainability to systematically discuss the relevance of telecoupling research in addressing these challenges. The book presents an overview of the telecoupling approach, reflects on a number of the most pressing issues surrounding land-use change today and discusses the agenda for advancing understanding on sustainable land-use change through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

Cecilie Friis is a post-doctoral researcher at the IRI THESys at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on land-use change, crop booms, and land grabbing in frontier regions of Southeast Asia, and she is the Co-Organiser of a Global Land Programme Working Group on Telecoupling Research towards Sustainable Transformation of Land Systems.

Jonas Ø. Nielsen is Professor of Integrative Geography at the Geography Department and Research Group Leader at the IRI THESys at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. He is on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Programme and the Coordinator of a Horizon 2020 funded Innovative Training Network on telecoupling.


land-use change telecoupling environmental management land system science consumption sustainable land-use urban-land teleconnections conservation urban development globalisation agri-food systems Environmental justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Cecilie Friis
    • 1
  • Jonas Ø. Nielsen
    • 2
  1. 1.IRI THESys & Geography DepartmentHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.IRI THESys & Geography DepartmentHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11104-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11105-2
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