Sustainable Landscapes

The working group "Sustainable Landscapes" was established in November 2010 by Prof. Joern Fischer and is affiliated to the School of Sustainabilty at Leuphana University.

We are an interdisciplinary team working on human-environment relationships. Much of our work focuses on the landscape scale. We are particularly interested in how people use landscapes, and how land use, in turn, affects biodiversity and ecosystem services. We see people and nature as interdependent.

In addition to our work at the landscape scale, we are interested in the conceptual development of sustainability science at a global scale. Here, too, we are influenced by an ecosystems approach, but we also draw on the insights from the social sciences as appropriate.

Our goal is to contribute to sustainable development through solution-oriented research.

Visit our blog "Ideas for Sustainability" to read updates on the research project and to follow discussions on current topics in sustainability research.



  • Prof. Dr. Jörn Fischer

Research Associates

  • Dr. Felipe Benra
  • Maria Brück
  • Dr. Girma Shumi Dugo
  • Dula Wakassa Duguma
  • Marina Frietsch
  • Dr. Sarah Gottwald
  • Dr. Manuel Pacheco Romero
  • Ping Sun


  • Gudrun Harms