Managing trade-offs in agricultural landscape transitions: protecting cultural heritage versus rewilding
MSc Environment and Resource Management (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
MSc Applied and Affective Psychology (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
BSc Applied and Affective Psychology (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Host Institute: IUCN Brussels, Belgium
Supervisors: Chantal van Ham, Peter Verburg, Kate Reilly
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Languages: English, French, Spanish
My research focuses on opportunities in abandoned farmlands in Europe to develop alternative pathways to respond to current environmental, social and climate challenges. Indeed, agricultural abandonment is not always an end state. I am interested in the different trajectories that can be observed on these lands after abandonment and the opportunities they can provide for ecosystem restoration, biodiversity preservation, afforestation, recultivation, multi-functional uses, cultural value protection, rural development etc. I will also explore the institutional and socio-economic resources that are required, in different contexts, to stimulate favourable development of alternative trajectories, mitigate potential trade-offs and support sustainable land management.
A few words about me: I grew up in the countryside, as an outdoor enthusiast, I practice horse riding, running, hiking, and I like taking pictures of landscapes and early morning skies!