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SLUSE, or ILUNRM – Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management, is a MSc course offered jointly by departments at University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University (RUC), within sustainable land use and natural resource management in developing countries. An important objective is to approach these issues in an interdisciplinary fashion by taking point of departure in natural, agricultural, social and cultural theories and methods.

Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management (ILUNRM) Course 2021 – Field work

The ILUNRM course includes supervised field work/data collection in student groups in week 4 and 5 of the course (tentatively 1 March – 15 March 2021). The exact dates will be communicated later and before the course starts. Because of covid-19 the field work in 2021 will take place in one or more municipalities in Denmark.

The exact location(s) for the field work are currently being explored, and we will inform the students who enrol in the course as soon as possible.

We are also currently exploring the specific thematic areas (research themes) that we will examine in the course. Tentative ideas include:

  • Nature conservation (national park establishment, management and conflicts)
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Organic farming
  • Development of nature-based tourism
  • Protection of water resources and pollution
  • The promotion of environmental aims by taking agricultural lands out of production
  • Eutrophication of water bodies
  • Coastline protection
  • Rural-urban migration and impacts on agriculture
  • Use of foreign labour in Danish agriculture
  • Biomass to bioenergy

The themes must be investigated from both environmental and societal perspectives, and students will work in inter-disciplinary groups with students from other study programs and scientific backgrounds than their own.

We will provide more information on the thematic research area once they have been finalized, and we will organize an information meeting for students who have enrolled in the course some time in December 2020.

Students will pay for i) their own food expenditures during the field work (kitchen facilities will be available) and possible ii) the cost of public transportation from Copenhagen to the field location and back. Accommodation and transport while at the field site will be provided by the course.

If you have questions about the course and the field trip, contact course responsible Christian Pilegaard Hansen, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen at cph@ifro.ku.dk