Daniel Ospina-Medina

PhD-candidate (on parental leave)

Daniel Ospina-Medina

Daniel started his PhD studies in Sustainability Science on November 2014, and is based jointly at the Beijer Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His doctoral research focuses on land system dynamics, identifying key socio-ecological feedback process and teleconnections driving alternate trajectories of change.

The broader research interests underlying Daniel’s work revolve broadly around the changes in rural landscapes and livelihoods in the context of increasing global connectivity and urbanization, particularly in Latin America. His doctoral research will be aimed at identifying and characterizing alternative trajectories of land system change, emphasizing the role of reinforcing and dampening socio-ecological feedback processes and teleconnections. More specifically, he focuses on the forest transition or woodland resurgence, and its dynamic relationship with human migration and remittances. Ultimately, a key objective of his research project is to identify ways of levering the power of rural out-migration, remittances, and other teleconnections to enhance the viability of rural economies and the sustainable flows of ecosystem services.

Daniel holds an MSc in ‘Ecosystems, Resilience and Governance’ from the Stockholm University, after defending a thesis on signatures of alternate regime on global cropland cover data. He obtained his BSc. degree from the School of Environmental and Rural Studies at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in his native Colombia. He has worked at research institutes, both in Colombia and in Sweden, in topics ranging from valuation of ecosystem services, institutional analysis on common-pool resource management, and socio-environmental conflict analyses.