Curriculum Vitae


Name: Lina Elisabeth Erika Eklund

Born: 1987

E-mail: lina.eklund[at] or linaeklund[at]


I have a PhD in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University. I finished my PhD in 2015 with my dissertation “No Friends but the Mountains: Understanding Population Mobility and Land Dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan”, for which I received an award from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.

Since 2011 I have also been teaching courses at Lund University in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and sustainability.

My current research is focused on land systems and conflict, and more specifically on the links between drought, land use change, and conflict in Syria and Iraq.


Feb 2016- present Lund University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Post-Doctoral Teacher and Researcher
2015 Lund University, Dep. of Physical Geography and Center for Middle Eastern Studies Post-Doctoral Teacher and Researcher
2011-2015 Lund University, Dep. of Physical Geography and Center for Middle Eastern Studies PhD Student
2011-2015 Lund University, Dep. of Physical Geography Teaching Assistant


Period Location Program
2011-2015 Lund Doctoral education (PhD) in Geobiosphere Science: Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
2010-2011 Lund Master program in Middle Eastern Studies (1 year)
2007-2010 Lund Magister Program (Undergraduate + Graduate, 4 years) in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis
Fall 2006 Lund Courses in Arabic Studies (language and history)
2003-2005 Mönsterås Mönsteråsgymnasiet (High school), Natural Sciences
1994-2003 Mönsterås Elementary school


Year Course Activity
2013, 2015 Master thesis course Master thesis examiner
2015 GIS & Remote Sensing GIS module
2015 GISA22: Geographical Information Systems, advanced (web-based) Various GIS modules
2015 GISA21: Geographical Information Systems, introduction (web-based) Various GIS modules
2015 GISN08: Remote Sensing and GIS (web-based) Course coordinator + development of course structure and exercises
2015 PhD course: Adding the Geographic Context to Longitudinal Analysis GIS exercise development + supervision
2014-2015 NGEA09: Land surface processes and landscape dynamics Lectures, exercises and seminars about drought
2013-2017 MOSN06: Environment and sustainable development in the Middle East Lecture + seminar about drought and GIS exercise
2014 ARAH14: Ekonomi och samhälle i den nutida Mellanöstern/Economy and Society in the contemporary Middle East Lecture and seminar about water and agriculture in the Middle East
2012 and 2015 NGEA12: Geographical Information Systems, advanced Final project supervision
2012-2015 NGEA13/18: Geografiska informationssystem, introduktion (web based) Various GIS modules
2012-2015 NGEA14/19: Geografiska informationssystem, avancerad (web based) Various GIS modules
2012-2015 EXTF80: Geografisk Informationsteknik GIS exercises
2011 Migration, Mobility and Human rights in the ME GIS exercise


Year Name of Event Presentation title
2017 Crisis and Conflict in the Agrarian World: An Evolving Dialectic, SciencesPo, Paris, France Understanding the effects of Crisis on Agricultural Changes in the Province of Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 1980s-2010s
2016 Berlin, Germany Agriculture and Food Security in Syria and Iraq: Land Abandonment and the Islamic State
2015 Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) internal seminar, Berlin, Germany “No Friends but the Mountains” Understanding Population Mobility and Land Dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan
2014 7th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science: Connecting a Digital Europe through Location and Place, Castellón, Spain Using Crop Phenology to Assess Changes in Cultivated Land after the Anfal Genocide in Iraqi Kurdistan (poster)
2013 COST Action IS1101 Workshop: Managing Scale and Contextualised Knowledge in Inter/Transdisciplinary Research on Environmentally Induced Migration, Bonn, Germany Issues of data and methods in linking environment and migration – a critical focus on scale (short talk together with Clemens Romankiewicz)
2013 IGU Regional Conference 2013, Kyoto, Japan Demography, Land Use and Agricultural Development in the Rural Areas of Duhok Governorate, Iraq (short talk)
2012 Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration, Bielefeld, Germany Drought in Iraq: Implications for rural population, environment and agriculture in Duhok Governorate: Methodological challenges (short talk together with Prof. Dr. Petter Pilesjö)

Drought in Iraq – Severity, Vulnerability and Adaptation (poster)

2012 ESF Junior Summit: Water – Unite and Divide, Stresa, Italy Dealing with drought – Water challenges in Iraqi Kurdistan
2011 Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting, Washington D.C, USA Migration Patterns to and from Rural Villages in Duhok Governorate, Iraq, 2000-2010


Fellowships Member of Vega Fellowship for Leadership and Science Communication
Blogs Research blog: Population & Environment in the Middle East, (1600 unique visitors in 2016)

Teaching blog:

Project blog:

Popular Science Publications Eklund L, Drought Not the Only Environmental Problem in Syria Before 2011 (2017),

Eklund L, Thompson D, Is Syria really a ‘climate war’? We examined the links between drought, migration and conflict (2017), The Conversation

Eklund L, Feeding the Caliphate? Agricultural Activity in ISIS Zones of Iraq and Syria (2017),

Eklund L, On virtual water and food security in the Middle East and beyond (2016),

Eklund L, A brief guide to Climate Change, COP21 and the Middle East (2015),

Video I have experience in creating videos to promote my research. In June 2017 I attended a video editing workshop for communicators at Lund University. I have created two video abstracts that can be viewed here:

Public speaking engagements Since 2011 I have been involved in presentations for the public. In 2017 I have participated in the Lund University organized Library tour, where researchers give presentations about interesting topics at Swedish libraries.
Almedals-veckan For Almedalsveckan 2017, a week when politicians and the public in Sweden come together to discuss politics, I was part of organizing a panel talk on the topic of food security in the Middle East and Sweden in times of turbulence.


Period Place Description
September – December 2013 New York, NY Visiting researcher at Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University
April 2013 Duhok, Iraq Field work for PhD.
June – July 2011 Duhok, Iraq Field work for PhD.
October 2009-January 2010 Bethlehem, Palestine Field work for Master Thesis



Eklund L, Lange, K: Understanding the Effects of Crisis on Agricultural Change in the Province of Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 1980s-2010s: An interdisciplinary approach in Crisis and Conflict in the Agrarian World: An Evolving Dialectic (in press).


Eklund L, Thompson, D: Differences in resource management affects drought vulnerability across the borders between Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, Ecology & Society

Eklund L, Degerald M, Brandt M, Prishchepov A V, Pilesjö P: How conflict affects land use: Agricultural activity in areas seized by the Islamic State, Environmental Research Letters

Eklund L, Abdi A, Islar M, From Producers to Consumers: The Challenges and Opportunities of Agricultural Development in Iraqi Kurdistan, Land.


Eklund L, Romankiewicz C, Brandt M, Samimi C and Doevenspeck M. Data and methods in the environment-migration nexus: a scale perspective, Die Erde


Eklund L, “No Friends but the Mountains” Understanding Population Mobility and Land Dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan, Lund University (PhD dissertartion)

Eklund L, Pilesjö P and Persson A. Cropland changes in times of conflict, reconstruction, and economic development in Iraqi Kurdistan, Ambio – A Journal of the Human Environment


Eklund L, Seaquist J: Meteorological, agricultural and socioeconomic drought in the Duhok Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan, Natural Hazards


Eklund L, Pilesjö P: Migration Patterns in Duhok Governorate, Iraq, 2000-2010, Open Geography Journal

Eklund L, El-Atrash A: Assessment of Mobility Conditions Using Geographic Information System in the West Bank Territory – The Case of Bethlehem – Ramallah Route, Arab World Geographer

Eklund L, Mårtensson U: Using GIS to Analyse Accessibility to Health Services in The West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal


Eklund L, Accessibility to Health Care in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Seminar Series nr 189, Institutionen för Geo- och Ekosystemvetenskaper, Enheten för Naturgeografi och Ekosystemanalys, Lunds Universitet (Master thesis)


Languages Swedish (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (basic), Arabic (basic), Kurdish and Farsi (some understanding)
Pedagogy training I have taken a total of eight weeks pedagogy courses focusing on learning theory, lecturing as well as digital tools and collaborative learning, all at Lund University.

  • Open Networked Learning (ONL), 2016, two weeks course
  • Pedagogical Means for Teaching and Learning: Study plans, Assessments and Digital Tools, 2016, two days workshop
  • The Good Lecture, 2015, three weeks
  • Teaching in Higher Education, introduction, 2014, two weeks
Computer Skills MS Office, ArcGIS 9.2 – 10, Quantum GIS/QGIS, GRASS, Idrisi, SPSS Statistics, Matlab, R, Endnote, Adobe Photoshop, Inkscape, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017
  • Applied Geography (Elsevier)
  • Land Degradation & Development (Wiley)
  • Ambio – A Journal of the Human Environment (Springer)
  • Journal of Geography and Regional Planning
Driver’s license Swedish Class B (car)
Awards Alfortska priset 2016 (award for best dissertation in physical geography from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography)