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 2022 – Field work

The ILUNRM course includes supervised field work/data collection in student groups in week 4 and 5 of the course (tentatively 28 February – 11 March 2022). The exact dates will be communicated later and before the course starts. Because of covid-19 and the continued high infection rates in the countries where we normally do field work in this course (Malaysia and Kenya), the field work in 2022 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 enroll in the course.

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 labor 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 areas once they have been finalized.

During the field work, we will stay in a hostel. Transport to and back from the field site, accommodation and transport while at the field site will be provided by the course. Students will pay for meals.

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 .