Publications and outputs

Project description

Project proposal: Meyfroidt, P. (2015) Developing middle-range theories linking land use displacement, intensification and transitions (MIDLAND) – ERC Starting Grant Research proposal. Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. Pdf.


2022 & in progress

Chiarella, C., Meyfroidt, P., Abeygunawardane, D., Conforti, P. (2022) Balancing the trade-offs between land productivity, labor productivity and labor intensity. (Submitted) Preprint here:

Rufin, P., Bey, A., Picoli, M., & Meyfroidt, P. (2022). Large-area mapping of active cropland and short-term fallows in smallholder landscapes using PlanetScope data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 112. (Open Access).

Buchadas, A., Baumann, M., Meyfroidt, P., Kuemmerle, T. (2022) Uncovering major types of deforestation frontiers across the world’s tropical dry woodlands. Nature Sustainability, 5, 619–627,

Oliveira, E., Meyfroidt, P. (2022). Strategic Spatial Planning in Emerging Land-Use Frontiers – Evidence from Mozambique. Ecology & Society, 27(2). (Open Access). 

Kronenburg García A., Meyfroidt P., Abeygunawardane D., Sitoe A. (2022). Waves and legacies: The making of an investment frontier in Niassa, Mozambique. Ecology & Society, 27(1):40. (Open Access)

Wiegink N., Kronenburg García A. (2022) Surplus to extraction: Resettlement as a “make live” intervention in Mozambique. The Extractive Industries and Society , (Open Access)

Schlüter M., Caniglia G., Orach K., Bodin Ö., Magliocca N., Meyfroidt P., Reyers B. (2022). Why care about theories? Innovative ways of theorizing in sustainability science. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 54, 101154 (Open Access)

Meyfroidt P., de Bremond A., Ryan C. M., Archer E., Aspinall R., Chhabra A., Camara G., Corbera E., DeFries R., Díaz S., Dong J., Ellis E. C., Erb K.-H., Fisher J. A., Garrett R. D., Golubiewski N. E., Grau H. R., Grove J. M., Haberl H., Heinimann A., Hostert P., Jobbágy E. G., Kerr S., Kuemmerle T., Lambin E. F., Lavorel S., Lele S., Mertz O., Messerli P., Metternicht G., Munroe D. K., Nagendra H., Nielsen J. Ø., Ojima D. S., Parker D. C., Pascual U., Porter J. R., Ramankutty N., Reenberg A., Roy Chowdhury R., Seto K. C., Seufert V., Shibata H., Thomson A., Turner II B. L., Urabe J., Veldkamp T., Verburg P. H., Zeleke G., zu Ermgassen E. K. H. J.(2022). Ten facts about land systems for sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 119 (7) e2109217118; (Open Access)

Buchadas A., Qin S., Meyfroidt P., Kuemmerle T. (2022) Conservation frontiers: understanding the geographic expansion of conservation. Journal of Land Use Science (Open Access)

Abeygunawardane D., Kronenburg García A., Müller D., Sun Z., Sitoe A., Meyfroidt P. (2022). Resource frontiers and agglomeration economies: The varied logics of land-based investing in Southern and Eastern Africa. Ambio (Open Access). 



Oliveira, E., Meyfroidt, P. (2021). Strategic land-use planning instruments in tropical regions: state of the art and future research. Journal of Land Use Science, 16 (5-6), 479-497. (Open Access). 

Meyfroidt, P. (2021) Emerging agricultural expansion in northern regions: Insights from land-use research. One Earth 4 (12), 1661-1664.  (pdf here)

Silva C. H. L., Moura Y. M., Pessôa A.C.M., Trevisan D. P., Mendes F. S., Reis J. B. C., Picoli M. C. A., Wiederkehr N. C., Carvalho N. S., Dalagnol R., Kuck T. N., Rosan T. M., Silva T. S. F., Liesenberg V., Bispo P. C. (2021) Surviving as a young scientist in Brazil. Science, 374 (6570), 948-948.

Bey, A., Meyfroidt, P. (2021). Improved land monitoring to assess large-scale tree plantation expansion and trajectories in Northern Mozambique. Environmental Research Communications, (Open Access).

Rodríguez García, V., Caravaggio, N., Gaspart, F., Meyfroidt, P. (2021). Long- and Short-Run Forest Dynamics: An Empirical Assessment of Forest Transition, Environmental Kuznets Curve and Ecologically Unequal Exchange Theories. Forests, 12(4), 431. (Open Access).


Oldekop, J. A., Rasmussen, L. V., Agrawal, A., Bebbington, A. J., Meyfroidt, P., Bengston, D. N., Blackman, A., Brooks, S., Davidson-Hunt, I., Davies, P., Dinsi, S. C., Fontana, L. B., Gumucio, T., Kumar, C., Kumar, K., Moran, D., Mwampamba, T. H., Nasi, R., Nilsson, M., Pinedo-Vasquez, M. A., Rhemtulla, J. M., Sutherland, W. J., Watkins, C., Wilson, S. J. (2020). Forest-linked livelihoods in a globalized world. Nature Plants, 6(12), 1400–1407. (Pre-print pdf)

Eigenbrod, F., Beckmann, M., Dunnett, S., Graham, L., Holland, R. A., Meyfroidt, P., Seppelt, R., Song, X.-P., Spake, R., Václavík, T., Verburg, P. H. (2020). Identifying Agricultural Frontiers for Modeling Global Cropland Expansion. One Earth, 3(4), 504-514. (Open Access)

Reis T. N. P. d., Meyfroidt, P., zu Ermgassen, E. K.H.J., West, C., Gardner, T., Bager, S.L., Croft, S., Lathuillière, M. J., Godar, J. (2020). Understanding trade stickiness to improve the sustainability of global commodity supply chains. One Earth, 3 (1), 100-115, (Open Access).

Turner, B. L., Meyfroidt, P., Kuemmerle, T., Müller, D., & Roy Chowdhury, R. (2020). Framing the search for a theory of land use. Journal of Land Use Science, 15(4), 489-508. (Open Access).

Rodriguez García, V., Gaspart, F., Kastner, T., Meyfroidt, P. (2020). Agricultural intensification and land use change: Assessing country-level induced intensification, land sparing and rebound effect. Environmental Research Letters. (Open Access).

Meyfroidt P., Börner J., Garrett R., Gardner T., Godar J., Kis-Katos K., Soares-Filho B., Wunder, S. (2020) Focus on leakage and spillovers: informing land-use governance in a tele-coupled world. Environmental Research Letters. (Open Access).

Bey, A., Jetimane, J., Lisboa, S. N., Ribeiro, N., Sitoe, A., Meyfroidt, P. (2020). Mapping smallholder and large-scale cropland dynamics with a flexible classification system and pixel-based composites in an emerging frontier of Mozambique. Remote Sensing of Environment, 239, 111611.  (Pre-print pdf).

Rudel, T.K., Meyfroidt, P., Chazdon, R., Bongers, F., Sloan, S., Grau, H R., Van Holt, T., Schneider, L. (2020). Whither the forest transition? Climate change, policy responses, and redistributed forests in the twenty-first century. Ambio, 49, 74–84,  (pre-print pdf)


Schierhorn, F., Kastner, T., Kuemmerle, T., Meyfroidt, P., Kurganova, I., Prishchepov, A. V., Erb, K.-H., Houghton, R. A., Müller, D. (2019). Large greenhouse gas savings due to changes in the post-Soviet food systems. Environmental Research Letters, 14(6), 065009. (Open Access).

Munroe, D. K., Batistella, M., Friis, C., Gasparri, N. I., Lambin, E. F., Liu, J., Meyfroidt, P., Moran, E., Nielsen, J. Ø. (2019) Governing flows in telecoupled land systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 38, 53-59, (pre-print pdf)

Thomson, A. M., Ellis, E. C., Grau, H. R., Kuemmerle, T., Meyfroidt, P., Ramankutty, N., Zeleke, G. (2019). Sustainable intensification in land systems: trade-offs, scales, and contexts. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 38, 37-43. (pre-print pdf).

Meyfroidt, P., Abeygunawardane, D., Ramankutty, N., Thomson, A., Zeleke, G. (2019). Interactions between land systems and food systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 38, 60-67. (pre-print pdf)

Nielsen, J. Ø., de Bremond, A., Chowdhury, R. R., Friis, C., Metternicht, G., Meyfroidt, P., Munroe, D., Pascual, U., Thomson, A. (2019). Toward a normative land systems science. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 38, 1-6. (pre-print pdf).

Oberlack, C., Sietz, D., Bürgi Bonanomi, E., de Bremond, A., Dell’Angelo, J., Eisenack, K., Ellis, E.C., Epstein, G., Giger, M., Heinimann, A., Kimmich, C., Kok, M.T.J., Manuel-Navarrete D., Messerli, P., Meyfroidt, P., Václavík, T., Villamayor-Tomas S. (2019). Archetype analysis in sustainability research: meanings, motivations, and evidence-based policy making. Ecology and Society, 24(2). (Open Access)

Kronenburg García, A., van Dijk, H. (2019). Towards a theory of claim making: Bridging access and property theory. Society & Natural Resources, in press. . (Pre-print Pdf) (free eprint access).


Weesie, R., & Kronenburg García, A. (2018). From Herding to Farming under Adaptation Interventions in Southern Kenya: A Critical Perspective. Sustainability, 10(12), 4386. (Open Access).

Kronenburg García, A. (2018). Territorial Conflicts, Agency and the Strategic Appropriation of Interventions in Kenya’s Southern Drylands. Sustainability, 10(11), 4156. (Open Access).

Huber R., Bakker M., Balmann A., Berger T., Bithell M., Britz W., Brown C., Grêt-Regamey A., Hang X., Le Q. B., Mack G., Meyfroidt P., Millington J., Müller B., Polhill G, Sun J., Seidl R., Troost C., Finger R. Representation of decision-making in European agricultural agent-based models. Agricultural Systems, in press. (Pdf).

Meyfroidt, P., Roy Chowdhury, R., De Bremond, A., Ellis, E. C., Erb, K.-H., Filatova, T., Garrett, R. D., Grove, J. M., Heinimann, A., Kuemmerle, T., Kull, C. A., Lambin, E. F., Landon, Y., le Polain de Waroux, Y., Messerli, P., Müller, D., Nielsen, J., Peterson, G.D., Rodriguez García, V., Schlüter, M., Turner, B. L., II, Verburg, P.H. (2018) Middle-range theories of land system change. Global Environmental Change, 53, 52-67. (Pdf).

Gardner, T. A., Benzie, M., Börner, J., Dawkins, E., Fick, S., Garrett, R., Godar, J., Grimard, A., Lake, S., Larsen, R., Mardas, N., McDermott, C., Meyfroidt, P., Osbeck, M., Persson, M., Sembres, T., Suavet, C., Strassburg, B., Trevisan, A., West, C., Wolvekamp, P. (2018). Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains. World Development, in press, (Open Access).


le Polain de Waroux, Y., Baumann, M., Gasparri, N. I., Gavier-Pizarro, G., Godar, J., Kuemmerle, T., Müller, R., Vázquez, F., Volante, J. N., Meyfroidt, P. (2017) Rents, actors, and the expansion of commodity frontiers in the Gran Chaco. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, in press, Pre-print pdf.

Meyfroidt P. (2017) Trade-offs between environment and livelihoods: Bridging the global land use and food security discussions. Global Food Security, in press, Pre-print pdf.

Meyfroidt P (2017) Mapping farm size globally: Benchmarking the smallholders debate. Environmental Research Letters, 12(3), 031002: (Perspective). Pre-print pdf.

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., Marin Spiotta, E., McCallum, I., Robertson, E., Seufert, V., Fritz, S., Valade, A., Wiltshire, A., Dolman, A.J. (2016). Land management: data availability and process understanding for global change studies. Global Change Biology. . pdf.

Publications related to the Project

Sitoe A., Nogueira Lisboa S. (2017) Avaliação dos impactos dos investimentos nas plantações florestais da Portucel-Moçambique nas tecnologias agrícolas das populações locais nos distritos de Ile e Namarrói, Província da Zambézia. Observador Rural 58, Observatório do Meio Rural, Maputo, Mozambique.


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