Dr. Abhijeet Mishra


Abhijeet holds a Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences from the Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt University, Berlin, based on his research on role of forestry in global land use scenarios for mitigating climate change. He also holds a master's degree in Nutrition and Rural Development with a major in Rural Economics and Management from Ghent University, Belgium and a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India. 

He joined PIK in the fall of 2016 as a PhD researcher under RD3 flagship “Land-use management”. The focus of his PhD research was on quantifying the mitigation potential of timber cities and global forest protection policies by integrating a dynamic forestry sector in the open-source land-use model MAgPIE.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam



International Food Policy Research Institute

Contact (as of 01.2023)

Eye Street, 1201 I St NW, Washington, DC, USA 20005



  • Forests as components of overall land system.
  • Climate change mitigation via forest management.
  • Partial equilibrium modeling (Contributing developer to land-use model MAgPIE)
  • Optimal rotation lengths for forest plantations (Faustmann model)

  • Mishra, A., Humpenöder, F., Reyer, C. P. O., Beier, F., H. J., Lotze-Campen, H., & Popp, A. Emission savings through the COP26 declaration of deforestation could come at the expense of non-forest land conversion. Environmental Research Letters. 2024 Apr 24. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ad42b4
  • Mishra, A., Humpenöder, F., Churkina, G., Reyer, C. P. O., Beier, F., Bodirsky, B. L., Schellnhuber, H. J., Lotze-Campen, H., & Popp, A. Transition to timber cities can help reduce carbon emissions without increasing competition for land. Nature Communications. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-32244-w
  • Doelman JC, Beier F, Stehfest E, Bodirsky BL, Beusen AH, Humpenöder F, Mishra A, Popp A, van Vuuren DP, de Vos L, Weindl I. Quantifying synergies and trade-offs in the global Water-Land-Food-Climate nexus using a multi-model scenario approach. Environmental Research Letters. 2022 Feb 21.
  • Mishra, A., Humpenöder, F., Dietrich, J. P., Bodirsky, B. L., Sohngen, B., P. O. Reyer, C., Lotze-Campen, H., and Popp, A.: Estimating global land system impacts of timber plantations using MAgPIE 4.3.5, Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 6467–6494, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-6467-2021, 2021.
  • Bodirsky BL, Dietrich JP, Martinelli E, Stenstad A, Pradhan P, Gabrysch S, Mishra A, Weindl I, Le Mouël C, Rolinski S, Baumstark L. The ongoing nutrition transition thwarts long-term targets for food security, public health and environmental protection. Scientific Reports. 2020 Oct 5.
  • Chen DM, Bodirsky BL, Krueger T, Mishra A, Popp A. The world’s growing municipal solid waste: Trends and impacts. Environmental Research Letters. 2020 Apr 3. | DOI
  • Dietrich JP, Bodirsky BL, Humpenöder F, Weindl I, Stevanović M, Karstens K, Kreidenweis U, Wang X, Mishra A, Klein D, Ambrósio G. MAgPIE 4–a modular open-source framework for modeling global land systems. Geoscientific Model Development. 2019 Apr 1;12(4). | DOI
  • MAgPIE Release | Documentation | DOI
  • Contributions to Potsdam Integrated Assessment Modeling | R Package list
  • Data processing scripts for Farm Accountancy Data Network statistics (BE) | Release DOI
  • Mishra, A., & Buysse, J. (2016). Modeling the Impact of Climate Change at Farm Level: The Case of Belgium. Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent

  • Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Scholarship - European Union (2014-2016)

  • National Talent Scholarship - Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (2009-2013)