Research

Projects

  • SALIDRAA 2, "Salt in the System": Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Water Management in the Draa Catchment of Morocco. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Period: 2019 - 2024. Role: Lead for Conflict Analysis
  • PRODIGY: „Process-based & Resilience-Oriented management of DIversity Generates sustainabilitY“. Funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Period: 2019 - 2022. Role: Lead for Conflict Analysis
  • Landuse Conflicts in Rhineland-Palatinate. Funded by the University of Koblenz-Landau. Period: 2016 - 2022. Role: PI
  • On Risk and Resources: Exploring the Nexus of Oil, Conflict and Climate Change in North-west Kenya. Funded by the National Geographic Society. Period: 2016 - 2019. Role: PI

Research Focus

    • Resource conflicts, particularly over land, water, wind and oil
    • Conflict implications of climate mitigation
    • Human-environment interactions
    • Climate and environmental change
    • Peacebuilding

    Geographic focus

    • Germany (mostly Rhineland-Palatinate)
    • Africa (mostly East and northern Africa)
    • South America (Bolivia, Peru, Brazil)

      Theories

        • Political ecology
        • Environmental scarcity
        • Disintegration theory

        Concepts

        • Vulnerability
        • Resilience
        • Human security
        • Environmental security
        • Not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) / Locally unwanted landuses (LULU)

        Methods

        • Qualitative field research based on expert and community interviews and focus group discussions
        • Actor-based conflict analysis
        • Quantitative analysis of (geo-referenced) conflict, land-use, environment, socioeconomic and conflict data