Lund University

Lund University

About University

Lund University (LU) is a comprehensive university with 47 000 students. The University is ranked as one of the top 100 in the world. LU has internationalization as one of her four strategies to achieve the vision of becoming a world-class university. As part of this strategy LU cooperates with universities all over theworld through bilateral agreements, educational and research programmes, networks and research collaboration. The university has about 680 student exchange partner universities in over 50 countries and welcomes about 3100 international Master’s and 1500 exchange students to Lund University. The numbers of courses and programmes taught in English are 90 Masters programmes and about 500 single subject courses. In EMA 1, LU participates in 7 programmes. In Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window/Action 2, LU has a long track record from being one of the first universities coordinating and participating as partner up till today. LU is coordinating 11 projects (Jordan/Syria/Lebanon, India, China, Asia regional, Iran/Iraq/Yemen) and has been partner in over 30 projects. LU also participates in three EM3 projects. In addition, LU has participated in almost all major European, Nordic and Swedish international educational cooperation programs such as LLP (Erasmus Structural Network JOIMAN and JOI.CON, Socrates, Erasmus, Minerva etc), Leonardo, Linnaeus-Palme, Nordplus, SIDA-projects as well as Jean Monnet besides other activities within the EU Research Framework programmes. In FP7 LU is participating in 240 projects and coordinates 14. LU is also currently coordinating GeoNetC, an Erasmus+ project funded 2015. LU with its Lund University GIS Centre, Department of physical geography and ecosystem science, and Division of Risk Management and Society Safety has a strong research and education backbone in spatial information science and technologies (geographic information system, remote sensing, and spatial data infrastructures), environmental management and protection, and disaster risk management. Close collaboration between these three sectors opens new doors for multidisciplinary and innovative research and education activities.

Role In The Project

LU will be the coordinator of the project. So all coordination activities, such as organizing the meetings including steering committee meetings, financial management, dividing of tasks, progress and quality control, and reporting, will be conducted by LU. The university also participates in the development of courses, training of trainers (ToT) and dissemination activities. LU will lead setting up of e-learning systems in partner universities and will lead the development of a Web based system for environmental protection and disaster risk management which will be used by stakeholders. LU will train experts from partner countries on how to use and support the system and also will help/guide them with data collection for the practical use of the system.

Project Members

Ali Mansourian

Associate Professor Dr. Mansourian is the coordinator of the EPCA project. He is Deputy Director of Lund University GIS Center and a member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, concentrating on MECW (The Middle East in the Contemporary World), one of the Lund University’s strategic research areas. He is a council member of Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) and also senior adviser of World Health Organization Regional office in Europe (WHO/Europe) on using geographical information systems (GIS) for emergency risk management.

Dr. Mansourian is an expert in Geomatics Engineering with concentration on geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). He is expert in design, development, implementation, and evaluation of GIS and SDI; spatial modelling using techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning; researcher with considerable experience from Sweden/Europe and developing countries (mainly Africa, Middle East and Central Asia). His research interests are on both technical and applied aspects of GIS/SDI. In application areas his research focuses on spatial epidemiology/health, disaster management, and urban planning. In technical parts his research has focus on semantic Web, geospatial services and service composition, digitalized and spatially-enabled society, VGI, and open data.

Ali Mansourian has long standing experience in project design, planning, coordination and implementation of national and international research and capacity building projects and long experience is organizing conferences and workshops at both national and international levels. He is also well experienced in organizing and conducting GIS and SDI courses.

Mansourian has written more than 150 published peer-reviewed scientific articles, books, and book chapters. He is evaluator of international scientific journals and European grants such as Horizon 2020 and ERC. He has supervised (3)/co-supervised (5) PhD students in Sweden, Iran, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania and currently is supervising 3 PhD students in Sweden.

• Rajabi, M.R., Pilesjo, P., Shirzadi, M.R., Fadaei, R., Mansourian, A. (2016). A spatially explicit agent-based modeling approach for the spread of cutaneous leishmaniasis disease in central Iran, Isfahan, Environmental Modelling &  Software, 82, 330-346.

• Rajabi, M. R., Mansourian, A., Pilesjo, P., Bazmany, A. (2014). Environmental modelling of visceral leishmaniasis by susceptibilitymapping using neural  networks: a case study in north-western Iran, Geospatial Health, 9(1), 179-191.

• Farnaghi, M., Mansourian, A. (2013). Disaster planning using automated composition of semantic OGC web services: A case study in sheltering, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 41, 204-218.

• Farnaghi, M., Mansourian, A. (2013). Automatic Composition of WSMO based Geospatial Semantic Web Services using Artificial Intelligence Planning, Journal of Spatial Science, 58(2), 235-250.

• Ardakani, A.S., Valadan Zoej, M.J., Mohammadzadeh, A., Mansourian, A. (2011). Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Fires Detected by MODIS Data in Northern Iran From 2001 to 2008, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 4(1), 216-225.

• Dehghani, M., Valadan Zoej, M.J., Entezam, I., Mansourian, A., Saatchi, S. (2009). InSAR Monitoring of Progressive Land Subsidence in Neyshabour, Northeast Iran, Geophysical Journal International, 178, 47-56.

Petter Pilesjö

Professor Dr. Petter Pilesjö is the Director of Lund University GIS Centre, and the former co-director of the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. He has extensive experience from capacity building projects in the Middle East, e.g. being the coordinator for a Tempus project in the region, as well as the  coordinator for Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window for Iran, Iraq, and Yemen, and coordinating an Erasmus+ project involving Iran and Iraq.

Prof. Pilesjö is an expert in Geomatics, e-learning and natural resource management and modelling. He is a spatial modeller, expert in hydrological/topographic modelling, researcher and geographer with considerable (>30 years) experience from Sweden/Europe and developing countries (mainly Africa, Asia, Middle East). His work is focusing on GIS in environment – climate change, migration, disaster management, health studies, school mapping, implementation of GIS, and pedagogic research in natural science, social sciences (e.g. regional development and economy), as well as on technical issues (modelling and algorithm development). Prof. Pilesjö has deep knowledge in hydrological modelling, topographical modelling/interpolation, coastal planning, morphometry, remote sensing, and positioning (including GPS).

He has significant experience in project design, planning, coordination and implementation of international research and capacity building project, and long experience in organising and conducting GIS courses and workshops in Sweden as well as in developing countries. Pilesjö got the “Best teacher award”, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, 1996, and the “Lund University pedagogic price” 2009.

Prof. Pilesjö has written more than 65 published books, scientific articles, booklets, and exercises on theoretical and practical GIS and its implementation, including more than 30 peer -reviewed articles published in scientific journals. He is the head of LUMA-GIS (Lund University Master’s Program in Geographical Information Systems), and Swedish coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus International Master’s program “Geo-information and Earth Observation for Environmental modelling and Management”.

Apart from being the overall coordinator he has been the Swedish coordinator of Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window lot 8, Iran, Iraq and Yemen since 2007, lot 10, Africa Caribbean Pacific, since 2008, and lot 2, Egypt since 2009. He has a PhD in physical geography/soil erosion/GIS 1992. Associate professor 2000. Professor 2012. Pilesjö is appointed as ERC evaluator and chairing ERC SH3/SH2 panel since 2014. He is Swedish coordinator for the ongoing Sida/Sarec projects at Makerere University, Faculty of Arts, and National University of Rwanda, GIS Centre.

He supervises PhD students (5) in Sweden as well as in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, linked to Sida/Sarec projects. As mentioned above he is coordinating an Erasmus+ capacity building project in Iran and Iraq.

• Sörensen, J., Persson, A., Sternudd, C., Aspegren, H., et al. (2016). Re-thinking urban flood management – time for a regime shift, Water 2016, 8(8), 332.

• Rajabi, M.R., Pilesjo, P., Shirzadi, M.R., Fadaei, R., Mansourian, A. (2016). A spatially explicit agent-based modeling approach for the spread of cutaneous leishmaniasis disease in central Iran, Isfahan, Environmental Modelling &  Software, 82, 330-346.

• Pilesjö, P., Al-Juboori, S.S. (2016). Modelling the Effects of Climate Change on Hydroelectric Power in Dokan, Iraq. International Journal of Energy and Power  Engineering. Special Issue: Modeling and Simulation of Electric Power Systems and Smart Grids. Vol. 5, No.1-2, 2016, pp. 7-12.

• Tang, J., Miller, P.A., Crill, P.M., Olin, S., Pilesjö, P., (2014). Investigating the influence of two different flow routing algorithms on soil-water-vegetation interactions using the dynamic ecosystem model LPJ-GUESS. Ecohydrology  06/2014.

• *Boyi Jiang, Yazidhi Bamutaze, Petter Pilesjö (2014). Climate change and land degradation in Africa: a case study in the Mount Elgon region, Uganda. Geo- spatial Information Science 02/2014; 17(1):39-53.

Per Becker

Per Becker is Associate Professor/Reader in Risk and Safety with focus on societal resilience and sustainability. He has combined research with a career in humanitarian assistance and international development cooperation focused on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The early part of his  career, Per worked in the private sector and in the fire and rescue services in Scandinavia. In 2000 he started to work for a Swedish governmental humanitarian and development aid organisation. After various positions and international  missions, Per was appointed Head of Capacity Development and Recovery Section, which he was before coming back to academia in 2007. Per has also been a delegate for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement since 2005, with several international missions including being responsible for all IFRC  programmes and humanitarian operations as Regional Disaster Risk Management Coordinator in the Sahel Region. Per has extensive field experience and is still involved with international organisations. Most recently as Risk Reduction and Preparedness Specialist for UNICEF in the South Pacific. Per’s research interests focus on the interactions between the physical environment, social organisation and social behaviour in relation to societal safety and sustainability. Especially on issues of risk and vulnerability, on what makes society resilient to disturbances, disruptions and disasters, and on capacity development as an intentional process for increasing such resilience.

• Baez Ullberg, Susann and Becker, Per (2016) Katastrofriskreducering – perspektiv, praktik, potential, (Swedish), Lund: Studentletteratur (edited book).

• Becker, Per (2014) Sustainability Science: Managing Risk and Resilience for Sustainable Development, Amsterdam and Oxford: Elsevier (monograph).

• Becker, Per and Tehler, Henrik (2013) ‘Constructing a common holistic  description of what is valuable and important to protect: A possible requisite for  disaster risk management’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 6:  18-27.

• Hagelsteen, Magnus and Becker Per (2013) ‘Challenging disparities in capacity development for disaster risk reduction’, International Journal of Disaster Risk  Reduction 3: 4-13.

• Becker, Per (2011) ‘Whose risks? Gender and the ranking of hazards’, Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 20(4): 423-433.

Micael Runnström

Dr. Micael Runnström has a PhD in Physical Geography and is employed as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, and is also a member of Lund University’s GIS Center.

He is involved in the management group of GeoNetC, an Erasmus+ project for capacity building in Iran and Iraq, and is involved in different capacity building projects, funded by SIDA, in P.R. Lao, Rwanda, Uganda and Mozambique focusing on curriculum development, teaching practices in Geo-sciences and disaster and natural resource management. He is also a member in an Advance Study Group at Lund University focusing on The Nature of Peace: – Impacts on the environment in post-conflict societies.

Dr. Runnström wrote his PhD thesis on developing a light-use efficiency model to assess biological production (GPP) fed with daily climate data and satellite  imagery for a 20-year time series with the objective of assessing the environmental status and biological change in the northern semi-arid parts of China. He has extensive knowledge and skills in applied methods to analyze geo-spatial data of different kinds and for different purposes.

He has worked with curriculum development at the Dept. of Physical Geography on campus but also for an e-Learning MSc program in Geographical information Science, and has since the 1990s as developed multiple courses and course materials at both undergrad and postgrad levels in geographical information science and remote sensing (Earth observation from satellite data). He has also  for 6 years been the Study advisor and coordinator for the above mentioned MSc  program.

• Ólafsdóttir, R., Sæþórsdóttir, A.D. and Runnström, M. (2016). Purism Scale Approach for Wilderness Mapping in Iceland. In: Carver, S. & Fritz, S. (eds) Mapping wilderness: Concepts, Techniques and Applications. Springer. Chapter  11; 157-176

• Lubida, A., Pilesjö, P., Espling, M. & Runnström, M. (2014). Applying the theory of planned behavior to explain geospatial data sharing for urban planning and  management: cases from urban centers in Tanzania. African Geographical Review. DOI:10.1080/19376812.2014.892433

• Bou Kheir, R., Abdallah, C., Runnström, M. & Mårtensson, U. (2008). Designing erosion management plans in Lebanon using remote sensing, GIS and decision-tree modeling. Landscape and Urban Planning 88:54-63.

• Runnström, M., Brogaard, S. and Olsson, L. (2006). Estimation of PAR over northern China from daily NOAA AVHRR cloud cover classifications. Geocarto International 21:1-10.

• Brogaard, S., Runnström, M. & Seaquist, J. (2005). Primary Production of Inner Mongolia, China between 1982 and 1999 estimated by a satellite-driven light use efficiency model. Global and Planetary Change 45:313-332.

Irma Habermann

Irma Habermann is an economist at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University. She has education from College of Applied Sciences in Eslöv, Sweden as accountant. Irma is very well experienced in  managing economies of the EU projects. She has the experience of managing economies of FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window, Tempus and many other research projects at the department. She has 10  years of working experience in economy.

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