Mark Rounsevell is Professor of Land Use Change at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and holds the David Kinloch Michie Chair of Rural Economy & Environmental Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the human dimensions of environmental change, including the analysis of socio-ecological systems, land use and land cover change and the impacts of climate change on natural resources. He combines qualitative, social elicitation methods with social simulation models to undertake experiments on human-environment interactions and works with a number of different modelling approaches from local to global scale levels, both in the present and for future environmental change scenarios.

He coordinates the European Commission funded OPERAs project (OPerationalizing Ecosystem Research Applications, www.operas-project.eu) and contributes to the LUC4C project (Land-use change: assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation, luc4c.eu) and IMPRESSIONS project (Impacts and risks from high-end scenarios: Strategies for innovative solutions, www.impressions-project.eu).

He contributes to a number of international research initiatives including:

  • Co-chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) regional assessment for Europe & Central Asia;
  • Co-chair of the Human Dimensions’ Focal Research Group for the Community Surface Dynamics Modelling System (CSDMS) (https://csdms.colorado.edu) ;
  • Lead author to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Assessment Reports of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);