At the science-policy interface: ZEF researcher Lisa Biber-Freudenberger appointed BMBF-funded Junior Professor at ZEF/University of Bonn

July 21, 2020.  

ZEF researcher Lisa Biber-Freudenberger appointed Junior Professor with BMBF-funded project on LANd Use SYNergies and CONflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda (LANUSYNCON).

How can we use available land in the most efficient but also sustainable way, which allows for human development and, simultaneously, reduces negative impacts on the environment? This is probably one of today’s most crucial questions, for the Global North as well as for its South, urgently requiring an answer in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to ensure humankind’s survival.

Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger, currently senior researcher at the Center for Development Research of Bonn University (ZEF) was appointed a Junior Professor at ZEF/Bonn University as of July 1, 2020, to tackle this question. Dr. Biber-Freudenberger’s Junior Professorship will be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 1.8 Mio Euro for a five-year period. Supported by a group of junior researchers she will lead the project LANd Use SYNergies and CONflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda (acronym: LANUSYNCON) with the aim to develop coherent and sustainable land- use policies in East Africa and worldwide.

Land-use decisions made by different political sectors are often coordinated insufficiently, leading to frequent conflicts of ownership, access and use. This is especially the case in sub-Saharan Africa, where pressure on land is increasing. In LANUSYNCON Lisa Biber-Freudenberger and her group will examine the complex trade-offs between different SDGs. Knowledge about decision making and land use will be linked with the SDGs in an innovative way and translated into model-based policy decisions and land-use scenarios. Increasingly, Science Policy Interfaces are being established to translate knowledge from science into relevant policy options for policymakers. In LANUSYNCON Dr. Biber-Freudenberger and her team will assess the role of Science Policy Interfaces in land-use policies and the capacity of Science Policy Interfaces to consider synergies and conflicts in their work. Thereby she will be able to identify factors and obstacles to coherent land use and contribute to a better consideration of synergies and conflicts in political decisions.

Jun-Prof. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger and the project LANUSYNCON will be supported by a number of international partner institutions from different scientific disciplines, science‑policy‑interfaces and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).




Lisa Biber-Freudenberger

Jun.-Prof. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger