A global increase over the past decade in acquisitions of large tracts of land is likely to bring rapid and large-scale environmental transformations, according to a new paper by Eli Lazarus, who examines this "land grabbing" from a complex systems perspective.

Lazarus began the research behind the paper during the 2010 Global Sustainability Summer School in Santa Fe, hosted by SFI.

Read the paper in the open access journal Area (February 12, 2014)