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Rico’s main professional field is climate adaptation. At the Emergency & Risk Management education at University College Copenhagen, his primary task is to participate in research projects. Among other things, he is the project leader in CliCNord (Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries, 2021-2023), which is a NordForsk project with five international partners and eight cases in the Nordic region. Rico also plays a prominent role in the LINKS project (LINKS - Strengthening links between technologies and society for European disaster resilience, 2020-2023), which is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project. Rico is the education's representative in the research network COPE (Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research). Besides, he teaches in qualitative methodologies, climate, disaster cycle management, and innovation, as well as supervision of students.

Rico has a Ph.D. from the UNEP DTU Partnership, which is a collaboration between the UN Environmental Program and the Technical University of Denmark. The focal point of the dissertation was climate change, but with a special focus on forest and agricultural areas in tropical regions. The Ph.D. included, among other things, eight months of fieldwork in Belize, Central America. Rico holds a master's degree in Geography & Geoinformatics from the University of Copenhagen. His profile from here is a mixture of environmental, social, and natural geographical subjects as well as geoinformatics. A common focal point has been the environment and developing countries, and primarily the impact of climate change on developing countries. His thesis dealt with deforestation, and the fieldwork took place in Ghana.

Rico has previously been a research assistant in the Global Land Project at the University of Copenhagen (geography), and lecturer/coordinator on a master's course in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG). Here he taught various topics related to climate change, agriculture, and food security (e.g. deforestation, land rights, land-use change, and climate policy). Rico has previously also taught at RUC, Absalon, and Bagsværd Gymnasium, where he primarily taught geography-related topics. Originally, he is a trained teacher, which he worked as for eight years, teaching a wide range of subjects.

Education/Academic qualification

Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation - in Agriculture and Forestry, UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP)


Master of Science, Breakeven-price of REDD-credits in Ghana, University of Copenhagen

Aug 2006Jun 2011

Ribe Statsseminarium




External Lecturer, Geography, Roskilde University


Lecturer, Geography, Bagsværd Gymnasium og Kostskole


External Lecturer, Geography, University College Sjælland - Campus Roskilde


Lecturer/Coordinator, MSc Course on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)


PhD Fellow, UNEP DTU Partnership, UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP)


Research Assistant, Global Land Project , University of Copenhagen


Internship, MP Steen Gade , Folketinget



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