Pınar Dinç has received her Ph.D. degree in Political Science at the Department of Government, London School of Economics in January 2017. Her Ph.D. dissertation, Collective memory and competition over identity in a conflict zone: the case of Dersim, explores the causes and mechanisms of ongoing competition over the nature of national identity through a case study of Dersim in the Turkish Republic. She worked on the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava Cantons) as a Swedish Institute and Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) in Lund University between September 2017 and 2018. In October 2018 she started as a Marie Curie Fellow at CMES with the FIRE (Fighting Insurgency Ruining Environment) project, which focuses on conflict and the environment in the Middle East.
Lina Eklund has a Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University. Her Ph.D. project involved research on the link between people and land in Iraqi Kurdistan. She finished her Ph.D. in 2015 with the dissertation No Friends but the Mountains: Understanding Population Mobility and Land Dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her current research interests are placed within the fields of land system science and environmental security. With the use of satellite images and spatial methods, she explores the potential connections between drought, migration, land use, and conflict in the Middle East. She is currently working as Assistant Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark in a project on climate and migration.
Petter Pilesjö is Senior Researcher at the CMES and also the director of Lund University GIS Centre (since 1995). He is a geographer and a spatial modeller. Since 1986 he has been working with research and education in Europe and developing countries (mainly Africa, Asia and Middle East). Petter’s research is focusing on GIS in environment, health studies, implementation of GIS and pedagogic research e.g. in social sciences (regional development and economy), as well as on technical issues (modelling and algorithm development). Areas of special interest are hydrological modelling, topographical modelling/interpolation, coastal planning, morphometry, remote sensing and positioning (including GPS). He has long experience in organising and conducting GIS courses and workshops in Sweden as well as in developing countries.
Aiman Shahpurwala received an MSc (dual-degree) in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management with a Specialization in Natural Resource Management from both Lund University in Sweden and the Faculty of ITC at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. In 2019, she successfully completed her master’s thesis project focused on forest fires in Eastern Turkey. Prior to graduate studies, she worked in water resource management for the Environmental Department at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Michigan (U.S.). She is interested in natural resource management, geo-information sciences, and data-driven research and is pursuing a full-time career with regards to these areas.