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New Book on Telecoupling

Cecilie Friis, Jonas Ø. Nielsen and colleagues examine how global land-use change can be better understood through the concept of ‘telecoupling’. The book was published with Palgrave McMillan end of March.
Land-use change in a globalised world

Land use is essential to our well-being and therefore central to many of the largest sustainability challenges in the 21st Century. However, finding pathways for sustainable land use is difficult because of the complex processes of globalization that tie distant places together. Scholars in the field of land system science have started analysing such global connections between different places through the concept of ‘telecoupling’ – which is the focus of the book.

"We are talking about telecoupling as networks of long-distance flows", Dr. Cecilie Friis and Prof. Jonas Ø. Nielsen explain. "These flows can consist of raw materials, energy, and products, but also of people, information, policies, technology, and capital."

For their book, the two researchers invited a large group of world-class scholars including several HU colleagues to contribute. Together they examine the conditions that define telecoupling, the outcomes produced by them, the governance tools available to steer telecoupled systems onto desired pathways, as well as methods to capture flows across distances.


Friis, C. & J.Ø. Nielsen, ed. (2019): Telecoupling. Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World. Palgrave McMillan. (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-11105-2)

The press release can be found here


Dr. Cecilie Friis
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66343
E-Mail: cecilie.friis@hu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Jonas Østergaard Nielsen
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66341
E-Mail: jonas.ostergaard.nielsen@hu-berlin.de

photo credits: Palgrave McMillan