Hans Holmen is an Associate Professor in Social and Economic Geography at the department of Water and Environmental Studies, University of Linkoping, Sweden. He received his PhD at Lund University in 1991 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. He joined Linkoping University in 1997, where he teaches geography and development studies. Holmen has been a member and board member of various NGOs in Sweden - trade union, student union, consumer and housing cooperatives. He worked for a northern NGO in Jordan in the early 1980s and has conducted research on organizations and development since the 1980s. Since 2001, he has been a member of the African-Swedish research team Afrint, which combines micro- and macro-level studies to identify drivers of change in African agriculture ultimately aiming at enhanced agricultural productivity and improved food security in sub-Saharan Africa.