Arnim Scheidel is a PhD researcher at ICTA-UAB working within the field of Ecological Economics, Integrated Assessment of Societal Metabolism, and Emerging Ruralities ("Rural Development"). Arnim holds a Bachelor's degree in Biodiversity and Ecology (University of Graz, Austria) and a Master's degree in Social Ecology and Human Ecology (IFF-Vienna, University of Klagenfurt, Austria). His has an interdisciplinary background in theory as well as practice. Field work experience includes plant diversity research in Costa Rica (Field station La Gamba) as well as participative art projects for intercultural communication in an aboriginal community, Alice Springs, Australia. His current PhD project focuses on trends and cases of agricultural globalization and associated impacts on rural systems. In particular he is keen to (i) understand patterns of societal metabolism of rural systems, (ii) to design integrated rural development- and rural poverty assessments for the field of science for governance, and (iii) to analyze the impacts of agricultural globalization on the many dimensions of rural poverty with a special focus on South East Asia.