Socio-ecological systems under global change: Smallholder farmers' livelihoods in drylands and tropical high mountains
Focusing on resilience, vulnerability and adaptation in smallholder agricultural systems, I am interested in the interactions between natural resources and livelihood strategies in the context of global change. Typical patterns in underlying processes, critical thresholds and catastrophic shifts in socio-ecological systems receive particular attention.
I have worked in Latin America and Africa, in particular in Peru, Northeast Brazil and Mozambique, in close collaboration with local communities, ministries, development agencies, international agricultural research centres and UN organisations.
I hold a PhD in Global Ecology from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and University of Potsdam, Germany.