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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Dr. Cecilie Friis

Postdoctoral Researcher
Telecoupling, land use change and access to resources in dynamic frontier regions


  • Telecouplings in human-environmental land systems
  • Access and claims to resources and livelihood opportunities
  • Frontier land use change dynamics


"My work at the IRI THESys focuses on how places of demand and places of supply of land-based products are increasingly linked over large distances. I’m very interested in distal causal relations drive competition for access to resources in both rural and urban areas, and hence to local people’s opportunities to secure a viable livelihood." Cecilie Friis

Dr. Cecilie Friis is a post-doctoral researcher at IRI THESys since April 2017. She defended her PhD thesis at the Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in June 2017 and was awarded the grade Summa Cum Laude. She holds Master of Science in Geography & Geoinformatics from the University of Copenhagen, and was working as a Research Assistant at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the UCPH prior to joining IRI THESys.

Since 1st of January 2014, Cecilie Friis is at IRI THESys and works in the Research Group "Changing rural-urban linkages in the Global South", led by Jonas Østergaard Nielsen. Her research focuses on how global structures and processes interact with local conditions to produce opportunities or constraints for local people's lives and livelihoods in both rural and urban areas. She addresses these issues through deep empirical engagement in qualitative fieldwork and interdisciplinary theoretical engagement in the fields of critical human geography, human-environment studies and land system science.

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