Associated scholars

This is an overview of colleagues who have been conducting research on the nexus of resources, governance, and conflict. These colleagues have been part of the (rather informal) Working Group “Nature – Resources – Conflict” and occasionally contributing to this blog.

We are happy to add everyone who is working on these issues in academia and beyond. To become added and for profile updates, please e-mail us:

Melissa Bayer
University of Münster, Institute for Geography, Doctoral Researcher
Research areas: (Urban) Political Ecology, (hydraulic) citizenship, hydro-social territories, right to water, everyday practices, informality
Geographic area: Latin America
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Shahrazad Far
Center for Development Research Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF) of the University of Bonn
Research areas: Socio-technical transitions; Social practices & Energy transition
Geographic area: West Africa
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Jan Grabek
Research Fellow and PhD candidate, Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatine
Research areas: Critical Peacebuilding theory and political economy of statebuilding praxis; Structural development, systems theory and land change sciences; Human security implications of aid and trade; forestry and agriculture
Geographic area: Sub-Sahara Africa
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Anne Hennings
Research Fellow at the University of Muenster
Research areas: Agrarian Transformation and Sustainable Development, Struggles over Land and (extractive) Resources, Peacebuilding and conflict transformation, Non-state armed actors, Social movements
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Marie Müller-Koné
Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
Research areas: Resource conflicts, ethnicized resource conflicts, global-local translations, frontiers, resource governance
Geographic area: Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya)
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Beril Ocaklı
IRI THESys, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Research areas: Resource conflict and cooperation in coupled social-ecological systems, institutional economics for the study of behavior in mining transactions, gold mining
Geographic area: primary focus Central Asia (specifically Kyrgyzstan) but interested in case studies across the globe
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Julia Renner
University of Koblenz and Landau
Research areas: Water Shortages and Low-Key Conflict Levels; Resource Conflicts
Geographic areas: Eastern African Community and SSA
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Sina Schlimmer
Sciences Po Bordeaux/Les Afriques dans le Monde (Africa Studies Centre), France
Research areas: land policies, land deals, large-scale farming, rural-urban nexus, state-building, public policy analysis
Geographic areas: Tanzania, Kenya, Benin
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Kristina von Stosch
Universidad Nur, Santa Cruz, Bolivia & GIZ German International Cooperation, research fellow and advisor
Research areas: Transformation of Resource Conflicts, Land Conflicts, Indigenous People, Territory and Cultural Identity
Geographic area: Amazon Basin, Bolivian Lowlands
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Linda Wallbott
Institute of Political Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Research areas: Global Governance, especially Global Environmental Governance (climate/REDD+ and biodiversity/ABS); Sustainability: Politics and conflicts around green transformations, especially related to land use and energy (GreeTS); Norms in international and transnational politics; International negotiations, especially UNFCCC and CBD
Geographic areas: Southeastasia, especially Vietnam and Bangladesh; Central America, especially Costa Rica
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Sascha Werthes, Trier University
Research areas: Human Security and Resource Governance; Transformation of Former War-Economies; International Crisis and Conflict Management; Security-Development Nexus; United Nations
Geographic area: (Subsahara) Africa
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