The proposed internship is part of the Arimnet2-DIVERCROP project, an international research program focused on the Mediterranean area. The DIVERCROP project aims to highlights interactions between current dynamics of the Mediterranean agricultural practices, species diversity and local food systems at multiple spatial scales. One of the first actions developed has been the assessment of Mediterranean land system distribution, in order to understand their diversity and short-term dynamics. More information about the project can be found here: 

Aim of the internship

The aim of the internship is to validate through an expert survey the main land systems’ trajectories identified in the Mediterranean basin between 2005 and 2015 (Fusco et al., 2019): periurbanisation, intensification of agro-forestry land systems, intensification of natural or semi-natural areas, specialization of arable-based systems into fruit groves along with the intensification of livestock based systems in hilly areas into mixed arable and fruit-groves. Following the survey, the internship candidate will identify areas of uncertainty in land system trajectories and suggest some modifications to the input variables of the land system typology generating the trajectories.

Material and Methods

Firstly, a preliminary analysis of an updated literature database (Debolini et al., 2018) will allow to identify case-studies of land systems trajectories to be compared to the comprehensive one produced within the DIVERCROP project. In a second step, an identification and survey of experts of the Mediterranean land dynamics has to be performed. The survey methodology and the list of experts will be validate with the project partners during the DIVERCROP annual meeting in Evora (Portugal) in March 2020. The analysis of the survey will provide insights both on the land systems’ trajectories and on possible modification to the input variables. According to his/her interest in research, the internship could participate in joint publication of his/her results.


The six-month internship will be supervised by Elisa Marraccini, (UniLaSalle, Beauvais) and Marta Debolini (INRA, Avignon). The trainee will be mainly based in Beauvais, with at least two stays in Avignon in the first weeks and the last ones of the work. 


MSc in Agriculture or Geography; ability to perform and analyze semi-structured interviews, interest in spatial analysis and spatial database management. The trainee is expected to be fluent in English (in reading, speaking and writing), considering that he/she will be asked to interact with all the national partners of the project, and to have an interest in interdisciplinary approaches. 

Internship conditions

The internship is funded by the European project DIVERCROP. It will take place between January/February 2020 and June/July 2020. An intermediate presentation of the validation protocol will be presented at the annual meeting of the project in Evora (Portugal) end of March 2020. The MSc thesis should be written in English or at least a complementary research report in English if written in other languages.  

The salary will be on line with the legal french requirements; there is the possibility to loan a room on the UniLaSalle. 

The application will be a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to be sent to both supervisors. 


Literature cited 

  • Debolini M., Marraccini E., Dubeuf JP., Geijzendorffer I., Guerra C., Simon M., Targetti S., Napoleone C., (2018). Land and farming system dynamics and their drivers in the Mediterranean Basin. Land Use Policy, 75: 702-710. DOI:
  • Fusco J., Marraccini E., Debolini M. (2019). Intensification, periurbanization and specialization of agriculture as significant short-term land system dynamics in the Mediterranean basin. SAGEO2019 – Spatial Analysis and Geomatics, 13-15 November 2019, Clermont-Ferrand (France), 122-134.