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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

COUPLED - Operationalising Telecouplings for Solving Sustainability Challenges for Land Use

COUPLED is a four-year, European Training Network granted by the EC under Horizon 2020 and coordinated by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Initiated by Prof. Jonas Nielsen and Prof. Tobias Kümmerle and in close cooperation with other international supervisors, COUPLED trains early stage researchers in order to better integrate research, innovation and social responsibility framed around the concept of telecoupling. The programme runs from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2021.

Human consumption of food and agricultural products has a significant impact on the environment and the societies in the regions where they are produced. Different sectors, consumers, businesses and politicians are increasingly demanding more environmental and social sustainable land-use both inside and outside Europe. Yet, there is increasing recognition of the limitations of current research approaches to adequately understand and address the increasing complexity of land system dynamics, which are often characterised by strong non-linearity, feedback mechanisms, and local contexts, and where places of production, trade, and consumption of land-based products are increasingly separated.

Coordinated by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, COUPLED is a European training network in order to better integrate research, innovation and social responsibility framed around the concept of telecoupling.

COUPLED trains Early Stage Researchers capable of:

  • understanding processes and actors that influence land-use in an increasingly interconnected world
  • considering distant, unexpected feedbacks and spillovers and to account for their social and environmental impact
  • fostering new and enhanced governance measures that can shape land-use couplings to deliver more sustainable outcomes of land use decisions

COUPLED receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765408 (01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021).

The Graduate Network includes 15 PhD positions, one of them directly based at IRI THESys within the Research Group “Changing urban-rural linkages” led by Prof. Jonas Nielsen, another one at the Geography Department within the Research Group of Prof. Tobias Krüger.

See the project website for more information: http://coupled-itn.eu



Jonas Nielsen
Photo: Jonas Nielsen



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


Jonas Nielsen
Photo: Ludger Jansen



Kathrin Trommler, Project Manager
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66337
E-Mail: kathrin.trommler@geo.hu-berlin.de