Andy Nelson
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Andy Nelson


I am a Geographer specialising in the management, development and leadership of spatial research on agricultural systems, food security and their relation to natural resource management.

My current interests are characterising crop production systems with remote sensing and GIS, inequalities in market access as a component of food security, remote sensing and spatial modelling to better understand crop health (pests and diseases) and measuring the effectiveness of interventions to improve the sustainability and health of agroecosystems.

My PhD is in Geography from the University of Leeds, UK. I have spent most of my career working for international, multi-disciplinary research institutes starting as a junior research fellow in 1996 at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, then as a spatial analyst in the Development Economics Research Group at the World Bank in Washington DC, then as a scientific officer in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Italy, and as head of the GIS lab at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. I have also held various consultancies with UNEP, FAO and the World Bank. I now lead the Spatial Agriculture and Food Security research theme in the Department of Natural Resources (ITC-NRS).

Food, Water & Energy Nexus Natural Resource Management Spatial & Geographic Information Science

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Professor - Spatial Agriculture and Food Security

University of Twente
September 2015
Natural Resources Department, Faculty of ITC
The Department’s mission is the sustainable management and meeting of societal needs from the green cover (biosphere) by applying and developing geo-information, earth observation and spatio-temporal analytical tools. The Department uses earth observation data and spatial information in combination with systems modeling, geo-information science (GIS) and remote sensing for the assessment, monitoring, planning and management of natural resources, for their sustainable use, development and restoration under global change. The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.

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