Profil personnel

Présentation

The main focus of my present research at the academy Louvain (University
of Namur) is related to the study of Ecosystem Services. We develop
participatory agent based models (ABM) of land use and
environmental change in the context of several Belgian and European
projects with case studies in Belgium, The Philippines, Congo and
Senegal.
These models are combined with the development of scenarios
to explore the response of individuals and society to different drivers
of future environmental change. Participatory approaches are
implemented and stakeholders are involved from the beginning to the end
of the project. The impacts of these landscape changes on Ecosystem
Services are assessed and sustainable development pathways are
proposed. In several projects, ecosystem services are explicitly valued
and quantified.

My research at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and
Sustainability (CECS), University of Edinburgh, focused on modelling
land use change and its impacts on the environment (e.g. on soil organic
carbon sequestration, biodiversity and other ecosystem services) in the
context of a number of EU and national research projects (ALARM,
FRAGILE, MULTIMODE, SWECIA...). I have used a variety of
spatial-statistical techniques as well as rule-based environmental
models. I have also developed, in collaboration with other researchers,
a model to downscale land use data and scenarios. In general, I am
interested in uncertainty and scale issues, for example, uncertainties
in model outputs that arise from scaling or using poor quality datasets.

Teaching:

At Edinburgh University, I have developed, coordinated and tought
courses related to geoinformatics and environmental modelling, within
the MsC in GIS programme. Here at UCLouvain - Namur, I am in charge of
several courses related to cartography and GIS, landscape analysis and
planning
, as well as epistemology and history of geography.

Domaines de compétence

-GIS
-Land Use Change
-Ecosystem Services
-Agro-environmental measures
-Participatory Approaches
-Agent-Based Modelling
-Scenario Modelling

Charges externes

-Participation to the development of the Schéma de Structure Communal, city of Namur
-Participation to a network for prospective analysis, Walloon RegionI have acted as a referee for international peer-reviewed journals such as:
-Global Change Biology
-Ecology and Society
-Journal of Land Use Science
-Soil Use and Management
-Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment

Diplômes

-PhD en Sciences (Géographie), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium). 08/2006.
-DEA en Sciences (Géographie), UCL, 09/2004.
-Licence en Sciences Géographiques, UCL, 09/2002.
-Diplôme de Guide Nature, cercle des naturalistes de Belgique, 2007

Présentation

I entered the research world with a Masters in geography, specialised in land use science. During my PhD in Geography at UCLouvain (Belgium), I developed large-scale models of land use change for Europe, according to different socio-economic and climate change scenarios. Though this generated land use change maps that have been used quite a few times to assess impacts of these changes on biodiversity and, to a lesser extent, ecosystem services, I was unsatisfied for two reasons. First, by looking at spatial statistics over large extents you only get a glimpse of correlations but have no idea about causalities. Second, such results may be significant to science but lack clear impacts on decision-making. 

During my Postdoc at the University of Edinburgh, I turned to agent-based modelling of land use change at the local scale and started working with sociologists in addition to ecological scientists. This led me to try and understand people and farmers’ motivations to act on the environment, and to start interacting with decision-makers. I strongly believe that science should not only be interdisciplinary but rather transdisciplinary, i.e. try to interact with civil society and decision-makers in order to accelerate the much-needed transition to sustainability. Hence, scientists should generally be issue advocates, acknowledging their non-neutrality and the normative character of all research.

As a professor of geography at the University of Namur (back in Belgium), I try to pass this message to my students, and argue that a change in our agricultural systems is the first necessary step towards sustainability. Lately, I have become interested in the issue of inclusive valuation of Ecosystem Services as a tool to reduce social inequalities, create positive environmental change, and question our Western democracies.

My research teams focuses on ecosystem services, sustainable agriculture, land use change, and biodiversity. I teach issues such as landscape analysis and planning, cartography and GIS, history and epistemology of geography.

 

 

Domaines de compétence

-GIS
-Land Use Change
-Ecosystem Services
-Agro-environmental measures
-Participatory Approaches
-Agent-Based Modelling
-Scenario Modelling

Charges externes

-Senior Editor of Journal: Regional Environmental Change

-Co-coordinator of the Belgium Ecosystem Services science-policy platform (BEES)

-Co-coordinator of the global Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) working group on inclusive valuation of ecosystem services

-Scientific partner of the Walloon Platform for Ecosystem Services (WALES)

-Member of the Scientific Committee of EFESE, the French initiative for mapping and assessing ecosystem services

I have acted as a referee for international peer-reviewed journals such as:
-Global Change Biology
-Ecology and Society
-Journal of Land Use Science
-Soil Use and Management
-Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment

Diplômes

-PhD en Sciences (Géographie), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium). 08/2006.
-DEA en Sciences (Géographie), UCL, 09/2004.
-Licence en Sciences Géographiques, UCL, 09/2002.
-Diplôme de Guide Nature, cercle des naturalistes de Belgique, 2007

Qualification académique

Docteur ès sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Empreinte digitale L’empreinte digitale est basée sur l’exploration du texte des documents scientifiques d’individus afin de créer un index de termes pondérés, qui définit les thèmes clés de chaque chercheur individuel.

land use change Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement
land use Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement
ecosystem service Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement
ecosystem services Agriculture et biologie
modeling Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement
distribution Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement
valuation Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement
climate change Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement

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Projets 2009 2020

Résultat de recherche 2004 2018

Forest cover correlates with good biological water quality. Insights from a regional study (Wallonia, Belgium)

Brogna, D., Dufrêne, M., Michez, A., Latli, A., Jacobs, S., Vincke, C. & Dendoncker, N. 2018 Dans : Journal of Environmental Management. 211, p. 9-21 13 p.

Résultats de recherche: Recherche - Revue par des pairsArticle

forest cover
water quality
Water quality
Catchments
catchment

Assessing uncertainties in land cover projections

Alexander, P. , Prestele, R. , Verburg, P. H. , Arneth, A. , Baranzelli, C. , Batista e Silva, F. , Brown, C. , Butler, A. , Calvin, K. , Dendoncker, N. , Doelman, J. C. , Dunford, R. , Engström, K. , Eitelberg, D. , Fujimori, S. , Harrison, P. A. , Hasegawa, T. , Havlik, P. , Holzhauer, S. , Humpenöder, F. & 18 autres Jacobs-Crisioni, C., Jain, A. K., Krisztin, T., Kyle, P., Lavalle, C., Lenton, T., Liu, J., Meiyappan, P., Popp, A., Powell, T., Sands, R. D., Schaldach, R., Stehfest, E., Steinbuks, J., Tabeau, A., van Meijl, H., Wise, M. A. & Rounsevell, M. D. A. 1 févr. 2017 Dans : Global Change Biology. 23, 2, p. 767-781 15 p.

Résultats de recherche: Recherche - Revue par des pairsArticle

land cover
Uncertainty
climate
Land use
land use

Capturing multiple social perspectives on adaptation across scales: a Q-method analysis of actors from development planning in the Philippines

Dujardin, S., Orban-Ferauge, F., Cañares, M. P. & Dendoncker, N. 24 mars 2017 Dans : Climate and Development. p. 1-13 13 p.

Résultats de recherche: Recherche - Revue par des pairsArticle

development planning
analysis
method
Philippines
climate change

How does forest cover impact water flows and ecosystem services? Insights from “real-life” catchments in Wallonia (Belgium)

Brogna, D., Vincke, C., Brostaux, Y., Soyeurt, H., Dufrêne, M. & Dendoncker, N. janv. 2017 Dans : Ecological Indicators. 72, p. 675-685 11 p.

Résultats de recherche: Recherche - Revue par des pairsArticle

forest cover
ecosystem service
water flow
catchment
Belgium

Activités 2010 2014

  • 2 Participation à un atelier/workshop, un séminaire, un cours

EFESE et Thèse

Dendoncker, N. (Président)
8 oct. 2014

Activité: Participation ou organisation d'un événementParticipation à un atelier/workshop, un séminaire, un cours

Ecole doctorale SIG Participatif

Dendoncker, N. (Organisateur)
28 sept. 201030 sept. 2010

Activité: Participation ou organisation d'un événementParticipation à un atelier/workshop, un séminaire, un cours

Thèse

Agricultural livelihoods of rural Andean smallholders in the Paute basin (Ecuador): a household typology approach for building policies on sustainable agriculture

Auteur: Vanegas Cabrera, R., 29 oct. 2015

Superviseur: Dendoncker, N. (Président), Henry, S. (Promoteur), Vanwambeke, S. (Jury), Vanacker, V. (Jury), Govers, G. (Jury) & Ortega, J. (Jury)

Thèse de l'étudiant: Doc typesDocteur en Sciences

Climate Change Adaptation and Development Planning: A Geographical Perspective

Auteur: Dujardin, S., 3 mai 2016

Superviseur: Henry, S. (Président), Dendoncker, N. (Promoteur), Orban-Ferauge, F. (Jury), Cañares, M. P. (Jury), Walpole, P. (Jury) & Garschagen, M. (Jury)

Thèse de l'étudiant: Doc typesDocteur en Sciences

Fichier

Evaluation des effets des conditions météorologiques et des aérosols désertiques sur les infections respiratoires aiguës basses chez les enfants : application dans les zones rurales du Bénin

Auteur: De Longueville, F., 26 sept. 2013

Superviseur: Henry, S. (Promoteur), Dendoncker, N. (Président), MASUY-STROOBANT, G. (Jury), Ozer, P. (Jury), SULTAN, B. (Jury) & KOLSTEREN, P. (Copromoteur)

Thèse de l'étudiant: Doc typesDocteur en Sciences

Fichier

Forest cover impact on water related ecosystem services: Methods and application at the regional scale (Wallonia, Belgium)

Auteur: Brogna, D., 28 août 2017

Superviseur: Linard, C. (Président), Dendoncker, N. (Promoteur), Vincke, C. (Copromoteur), Javaux, M. (Jury), Carvalho Dos Santos, C. (Jury) & Cernesson, F. (Jury)

Thèse de l'étudiant: Doc typesDocteur en Sciences

Fichier

Presse/Médias

Ecosystem Services

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