School of Earth and Environment

Elisabeth Simelton Dr Elisabeth Simelton

Visiting researcher

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute



B.A.(Education), M.Sc.(Geography), Ph.D.(Geography) from Güteborg University, Sweden.

Research interests

Most of my research and practical work have been in the fields of agriculture, soil, land use and rural people's adaptation to changes as well as rural development. I am also interested interactions between human and environmental systems how they change over different temporal and spatial scales. Regions of particular interest include East/Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam and China. My current research is directed towards global food security and more specifically the vulnerability of agricultural systems to droughts as part of the QUEST Project

Previous Positions

Settler of agricultural insurance claims (Agria, Sweden). Agriculture extension advisor in aquaculture project in northern Vietnam as trainer in Participatory Rural Appraisal methods (UNDP). Co-manager and trainer in a project Developing Network for female farmer/entrepreneurs in Novgorod region (Swedish Institute). Developing environmental awareness training for companies as "entertrainer" and illustrator (Entertrainer AB, Sweden). Lecturer (Güteborg University, Sweden).

Educational Background

B.A. in Education, thesis focusing on learning-styles. M.S. in Geography (physical geography). In a Minor Field Study I investigated farmers conceptions of soil conservation measures in northern Vietnam. The M.S. thesis looked at long-term effects on soil quality after forest fires in northern Spain (Barcelona University). Ph.D in Geography (physical geography). In the thesis I analysed climate and human impacts on wheat production and land use in the Loess Plateau region, China. The Minor Field Study and the PhD were fully funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).


  • Simelton ES (2010) Don't we all want good weather and cheap food?, In: Dodson J (Ed) Changing Climates, Earth Systems and Society, Springer Verlag.
  • Simelton ES; Misselhorn A; Eakin H; Devereux S; Drimie S; Msangi S; Stafford Smith M (2010) Vulnerability to What?, In: Ingram J; Ericksen P; Liverman D (Ed) Food Security and Global Environmental Change, Earthscan / James & James.
  • Challinor AJ; Simelton ES; Fraser EDG; Hemming D; Collins M (2010) Increased crop failure due to climate change: assessing adaptation options using models and socio-economic data for wheat in China, ENVIRON RES LETT, 5, . doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/034012
  • Ostwald M; Simelton ES; Chen D; Liu A (2008) Relation between vegetation changes, climate variables and land-use policy in Shaanxi province, China, Geografiska Annaler. Series A. Physical Geography, .
  • Zhang S; Simelton ES; Lovdahl L; Chen D (2007) Simulated long-term effects of different soil management regimes on the water balance in the Loess Plateau, China, Field Crops Research, 100, pp.311-319. doi: 10.1016/j.fcr.2006.08.006
  • Gao G; Chen D; Yu C; Simelton ES (2007) Trend of estimated actual evapotranspiration over China during 1960-2002, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 112, pp.pp.D11120. doi: 10.1029/2006JD008010
  • Ubeda X; Bernia S; Simelton ES (2005) The long-term effects on soil properties from a forest fire of varying intensity in a Mediterranean environment, In: Garcia C; Batalla RJ (Ed) Catchment Dynamics and River Processes: Mediterranean and other climate regions, Developments in Earth Surface Processes, 7, Elsevier.
  • Song A; Simelton ES; Chen D; Dong W (2005) Influence of climate change on winter wheat growth in north China during 1950-2000, Acta Meteorologica Sinica, 19, pp.501-510.
  • Simelton E; Zhang S (Published) Climate and human impacts on wheat production in the Loess Plateau, China, Journal of Triticeae Crops, pp.1086-1092.
  • Fraser EDG; Termansen M; Sun N; Guan D; Simelton E; Dodds P; Feng K; Yu Y (Published) Quantifying socioeconomic characteristics of drought-sensitive regions: Evidence from Chinese provincial agricultural data, Comptes Rendus Geoscience, pp.679-688. doi: 10.1016/j.crte.2008.07.004
  • Challinor AJ; Ewert F; Arnold S; Simelton E; Fraser EDG (Published) Crops and climate change: progress, trends and challenges in simulating impacts and adaptation, Journal of Experimental Botany, . doi: 10.1093/jxb/erp062
  • Liu Y; Linderholm H; Song H; Cai Q; Tian Q; Sun J; Chen D; Simelton E; Seftigen K; Tian H; Wang R; Bao G; An Z (Published) Temperature variations recorded in Pinus tabulaeformis tree rings from the southern and northern slopes of the central Qinling Mountains, central China, Boreas, . doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3885.2008.00065.x
  • Simelton E; Fraser EDG; Termansen M; Forster PM; Dougill AJ (Published) Typologies of crop-drought vulnerability: An empirical analysis of the socio-economic factors that influence the sensitivity and resilience to drought of three major food crops in China (1961-2001), Environmental Science and Policy, . doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2008.11.005