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Koen De Vos

Guest Research Assistant

Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources


Koen De Vos joined the Integrated Biospheres Futures (IBF) Research Group of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program as a guest research assistant in November 2021. He is an FWO PhD Fellow for interdisciplinary fundamental research at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium, working on futures of the African rice system under socioeconomic and climatic challenges. These challenges include vulnerability to climatic extremes, urbanization, and a growing import dependency.

He obtained an interuniversity master's degree in Geography with a focus on Earth and Climate Sciences and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. In his master's thesis research, he investigated potential impacts of climate change on wildfire hazard in Portugal in collaboration with the University of Ghent (UGent), Belgium.

During his PhD research, De Vos will contribute to the development of climate extremes and urbanization in the IIASA Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM). His principle research interest is to combine climatic and socioeconomic scenarios to understand developments of African production, consumption, and trade. This knowledge will improve the identification of hurdles to food security and provide effective policy guidelines.

Last update: 02 DEC 2022


De Vos, K., Janssens, C., Jacobs, L., Campforts, B., Boere, E., Kozicka, M. , Havlik, P. , Folberth, C. , Balkovič, J. , Maertens, M., & Govers, G. (2022). On the Rice: Climate Change and the (in)stability of rice in Africa. In: Systems Analysis for Reducing Footprints and Enhancing Resilience, 16-17 November, 2022, Vienna, Austria.