• Room A-660, W&N-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

20102019
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Verena Seufert is an Assistant Professor in Land Use and Food System Dynamics in the Environmental Geography group at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). She is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist specializing in agriculture and food topics.

Verena’s research focuses on the question of how to do food better: How can we create a world where everyone has access to sufficient and nutritious food they enjoy eating, while producing this food without destroying the very natural resources that food production depends on? There are many purported answers to the question of how to do food better, from local food, over a vegan diet to organic agriculture. But what do we actually know about these supposed solutions? Debates around these issues are often very passionate, but typically not sufficiently informed by good science. A particular focus of Verena’s work has been to assess the debates around one of these potential solutions – organic agriculture – using a variety of different interdisciplinary scientific tools.

Verena teaches and coordinates courses on spatial analysis, global environmental change and metropole ecology in the Environment and Resource Management (ERM) and Earth Sciences Master programmes.

Verena received her PhD degree from the Department of Geography at McGill University, Canada. After having done a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada she joined the Land Use Change & Climate Research Group at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research – Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany as a PostDoc. She now holds a position as an Assistant Professor at IVM at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam.

Expertise

Food systems, Land use, Agricultural management, Meta-analysis.

Education

2016: PhD in Geography, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2009: Diploma in Biology, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany

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Organic Agriculture Medicine & Life Sciences
organic production Agriculture & Biology
organic farming Earth & Environmental Sciences
Agriculture Medicine & Life Sciences
urban agriculture Earth & Environmental Sciences
Pest Control Medicine & Life Sciences
Food Medicine & Life Sciences
pest control Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2019

Comparing Yields: Organic Versus Conventional Agriculture

Seufert, V., 2019, Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability. Elsevier, Vol. 3. p. 196–208

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

agriculture
organic production
agricultural research
cropping systems
farming systems

Current and Potential Contributions of Organic Agriculture to Diversification of the Food Production System

Seufert, V., Mehrabi, Z., Gabriel, D. & Benton, T. G., 2019, Agroecosystem Diversity: Reconciling Contemporary Agriculture and Environmental Quality. Lemaire, G., De Faccio Carvalho, P. C., Kronberg, S. & Recous, S. (eds.). London: Academic Press, p. 435-452

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

Bright spots in agricultural landscapes: Identifying areas exceeding expectations for multifunctionality and biodiversity

Frei, B., Renard, D., Mitchell, M. G. E., Seufert, V., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Rhemtulla, J. M. & Bennett, E. M., 1 Nov 2018, In : Journal of applied ecology. 55, 6, p. 2731-2743 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

agricultural land
biodiversity
farm
ecosystem service
farm size

Evidence that organic farming promotes pest control

Muneret, L., Mitchell, M., Seufert, V., Aviron, S., Djoudi, E. A., Pétillon, J., Plantegenest, M., Thiéry, D. & Rusch, A., 1 Jul 2018, In : Nature Sustainability. 1, 7, p. 361-368 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Pest control
Organic Agriculture
organic farming
Pest Control
pest control

Land management: data availability and process understanding for global change studies

Erb, K. H., Luyssaert, S., Meyfroidt, P., Pongratz, J., Don, A., Kloster, S., Kuemmerle, T., Fetzel, T., Fuchs, R., Herold, M., Haberl, H., Jones, C. D., Marín-Spoiotta, E., McCallum, I., Robertson, E., Seufert, V., Fritz, S., Valade, A., Wiltshire, A. & Dolman, A. J., 1 Feb 2017, In : Global Change Biology. 23, 2, p. 512-533 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

land management
global change
Information management
Availability
Earth (planet)