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Quang Bao Le

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Agricultural Livelihood Systems Expert


Quang Bao Le is a Senior Scientist on Agricultural Livelihood Systems for the CRP - Dryland Systems, starting in January 2015. He earned his engineer degree in Forestry from Hue University (Vietnam) and M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Chiang Mai University (Thailand). He received a Ph.D. in Geography, Ecology and Natural Resources Management from the University of Bonn.

Dr. Le started his career as a Lecturer at Hue University in 1993. After completing his doctorate in 2005, he worked at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn as a postdoctoral researcher until 2009. Before joining the Dryland Systems program, he was a senior scientist at the Department of Environmental Systems Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

For the past 14 years his research has focused on the development and application of human–environment system methodologies – ranging from qualitative to quantitative frameworks, indicators and models (e.g., multi-agent system and bio-economic models) – to integrate scientific expertise of different disciplines with societal decision processes fostering sustainable agricultural livelihood systems.

He has conducted research into the analysis of adaptive land-use decisions of various actor types in coupling with modeled ecological processes, and the feedbacks of long-term trends in land degradation or improvement into nature–society relationships regulating livelihood-landscape transitions. His research aim is to identify critical leverage points and processes for improving food security, ecosystem services integrity, and livelihood resilience in the face of global changes. He also conducted regional, continental and global assessments of land degradation and improvement, and related contextual typologies. His current interest is extended to developing workable methodologies for the optimal selection of representative study sites and households across global drylands given their high contextual complexity, and the out- and up-scaling of site-specific findings toward development outcomes.

Dr. Le published 50 peer-reviewed publications that include 26 papers indexed in Thomson Reuter ISI or Elsevier SCOPUS. He has served on the editorial boards of three refereed journals. He taught regular and invited graduate courses on Integrated Land Use System Analysis and Modeling, and has supervised the dissertations of more than 12 graduate students from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.