Pablo Tittonell is WWF-Chair Professor on Resilient Landscapes for Nature and People at the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences, of Groningen University in The Netherlands, and scientists at the Agroecology and Ecological Intensification Research Unit of CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) in Montpellier, France. Since 2017 he has been nominated Principal Research Scientist by Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET) affiliated to the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.
He is the former national coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA, coordinating the work of more than 1500 researchers nation-wide, and former Chair Professor of Farming Systems Ecology at Wageningen University, in The Netherlands, where he co-designed and coordinated the successful Master program on Organic Agriculture. He acts as external Professor at the Ecole Doctorale GAïA of the University of Montpellier, France and at the National University of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He is an agronomist by training and worked both in the private sector and in academic/research organisations. He holds a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and his areas of expertise include soil fertility, agroecology, biodiversity and systems analysis. Hi recent areas of interest include human-nature interactions in multifunctional, nutrition-sensitive landscapes, and their adaptation to global change.
He participated in a diversity of research and development projects around the world on design, resilience and adaptation of farming systems, with a focus on social-ecological processes at the agriculture-nature interphase. His career in the international research arena started at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Institute of CIAT in Nairobi, Kenya, and includes a period at the University of Zimbabwe, where he run research and educational programmes on soil fertility, conservation agriculture and agroecosystems modelling.
He is a member of the International Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (COSAI: https://wle.cgiar.org/cosai/). Editor of the journal Agricultural Systems and editorial board member of Global Food Security, Agronomy for Sustainable Development and Land Degradation and Development. He published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals (h-index 40; top 1% most cited authors in the field Agronomy in 2018, 2019 and 2020). Consults for the FAO and for several international NGOs; trained a vast number of active young researchers; and supervised PhD students and postdocs with fieldwork in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.