Professor, METRIK, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen is a trained agronomist from the then Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in 1996. Since 2014, he has been a professor at Roskilde University at the Department of People and Technology, with a focus on climate, environment and transition processes in agriculture and energy systems. In a technology-social research environment, knowledge, tools and activities are produced to stakeholders interested in the bio-based society (food, feed, energy and raw materials) in an international, national, regional and local development and planning perspective. Previous employments at the Technical University of Denmark, focusing on sustainable bioenergy technologies and at the University of Copenhagen, focusing on alternative more diversified cultivation systems form the basis for these activities.
Through his research, Henrik has always been working towards a dynamic and continuous socio-technical development of sustainable farming systems, typically from an agro-ecological perspective. The focus is, among other things, on carbon and nutrient cycles, with inspiration from nature's efficient cycles where nothing is wasted; each part of the cycle creates nourishment for the next part (closed-loop). This includes how greater crop diversity on the individual field (intercropping) can contribute to more self-regulating and self-sufficient cultivation systems inspired by the agricultural systems prior to the fossilisation of the current dominant agricultural system. It all takes its starting point in the current and prevailing societal agenda on both climate, environment and health. In the recent years, increased focus is brought on social conditions as a crucial factor for transition processes. As human beings, we create our own conditions as well as we form part of the reality which any new initiatives / technologies / acknowledgments is to be founded on.
Henrik’s role in the project
Henrik is the leader of work package 1 (WP1) and responsible for RUCs obligations in the ReMIX project. He is the main Ph.D. supervisor for Ane Kirstine Aare.