Dr. Jonas Åkerman has a wide and long international experience. These assignments include being technical adviser within the Ministries of Agriculture in India, Lesotho and Zambia, and being project manager within UN, Sida/SAREC & SADC financed projects give me a wide background on practical applied development issues from the field and from the management side of sustainable development issues. His specific interests include the role of smallholder and subsistence farmers as main actors in a sustainable rural development process, environmentally sound and sustainable land use, environmental impact assessment, training and extension issues etc.
ENES offers a wide range of courses and programmes on Bachelors and Masters levels. Students develop skills in working with advanced technical information and complex issues within the area of environmental and climate change. More information.
The Division has established contact with universities in Sri Lanka, to which students in the Bachelors programme go for field studies every year. Hitherto, the collaboration has focused on Kelaniya University outside Colombo, with which GIS Centre has had a formal collaboration since several years (see more below), but recently ENES has established contacts with the Faculty of Agriculture at Ruhuna University in Matara.
During the period 27 February – 11 March 2011, a group of ENES students went to Sri Lanka. They were supervised by Jonas Åkerman and Ann Åkerman, Researcher at LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies).