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Magnus Jirström

  • Teaches on SGED05 and SGED06
  • Superviser and examiner of master and bachelor theses


Magnus Jirström is professor of Social and Economic Geography at the Department of Human Geography, Lund University. He teaches, since 1991, courses in development geography and development studies and is the chairman of LUMID, Lund University Master Program in International Development and Management.

His research interests are focused on issues of rural and agricultural development in low-income countries with a regional emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. He is a co-founder and member of the LU-based Swedish-African research program Afrint. Since 2013, he is leading a project urban agriculture in Africa. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Committee of the CGIAR research program Humidtropics led by IITA, Nigeria and a member of Sida’s reference group for Swedish support to international agricultural research.

Current research areas include:

  • Structural change and income diversification among smallholders
  • Agricultural policy and the role of the state in agricultural transformations
  • Technological change in smallholder agriculture.
  • The role of local organizations and NGOs in rural development

Current research projects

African urban agriculture: social, economic and environmental challenges and prospects under changing global and demographic realities, 2013-2016. Funded by VR/U-forsk and FORMAS. Joint project with the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU) Alnarp (Project leader for the social science part of the project)

What is driving unsustainable bushmeat hunting in Cross River, Nigeria? Urban market or local peoples’ livelihoods?, 2012-2014. Funded by VR/U-forsk. (Project participant)

Poverty impacts of straddling. Rural income diversification in sub-Saharan Africa, 2011-2013. Funded by The Swedish Research Council (VR). (Project participant)


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Human Geography
E-mail: magnus [dot] jirstrom [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se


Department of Human Geography

+46 46 222 97 97

+46 46 222 97 97



The Department of Human Geography
and the Human Ecology Division

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