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Niels Debonne is a PhD researcher in the Environmental Geography Group. His research aims at developing methods to model land use changes that emerge from telecoupled systems, and specifically as a consequence of large-scale land acquisitions. He conceptualizes and models novel trajectories of land change at the world region and global scale. This research is embedded in the GLOLAND ERC-project (Integrating human agency in global land change models) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Verburg.

Niels completed a Master of Science in Geography – Spatial analysis and GIS program at the University of Leuven and the VU Brussels, and a Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Leuven. While these programmes provided Niels with a broad background in human geography and physical geography, Niels developed a specific interest in human-environment interactions and the spatial analysis of these interactions. For his master thesis, Niels travelled to a remote forested area in Southwest Ethiopia to investigate the impact of rural in-migration on the forest. He developed an operational agent-based model of the human-environment interactions he observed.

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Education/Academic qualification

Geography, Master, KU Leuven

1 Sep 201315 Sep 2015

Geography, Bachelor, KU Leuven

1 Sep 20104 Jul 2013


  • G Geography (General)

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land degradation Earth & Environmental Sciences
deforestation Earth & Environmental Sciences
land use change Earth & Environmental Sciences
governance Social Sciences
acquisition Social Sciences
modeling Earth & Environmental Sciences
land Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2019

Creating an Enabling Environment for Land Degradation Neutrality: and its potential contribution to enhancing well-being, livelihoods and the environment

Verburg, P. H., Metternicht, G., Allen, C., Debonne, N., Akhtar-Schuster, M., Inácio da Cunha, M., Karim, Z., Pilon, A., Raja, O., Sánchez Santivañez, M. & Şenyaz, A., 23 Aug 2019, Bonn (Germany): United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). 77 p. (UNCCD Science Policy Interface)

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

Open Access
land degradation
land management
sustainable development
land market

Framing and Context

Arneth, A., Denton, F., Agus, F., Elbehri, A., Erb, K. H., Osman Elasha, B., Rahimi, M., Rounsevell, M., Spence, A., Valentini, R. & Debonne, N., 8 Aug 2019, Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Geneva: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), p. 1-98 100 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Future governance options for large-scale land acquisition in Cambodia: Impacts on tree cover and tiger landscapes

Debonne, N., van Vliet, J. & Verburg, P. H., 1 Apr 2019, In : Environmental Science & Policy. 94, p. 9 - 19 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Representing large-scale land acquisitions in land use change scenarios for the Lao PDR

Debonne, N., van Vliet, J., Verburg, P. H. & Heinimann, A., Aug 2018, In : Regional Environmental Change. 18, 6, p. 1857–1869 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
land use change

Modelling the impact of rural migration on tropical deforestation in South-West Ethiopia

Van Rompaey, A., Debonne, N. & Vanmaercke, M., 24 Oct 2016.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePosterOther research output

immigrant population
forest resource
field survey