Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas

Dr. Jonas Hein


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  • since 09/2017: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Geography, Kiel University, “Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas”
  • 08/2019-09/2019: Guest Lecturer at the Center for Agrarian Studies (PSA) and at the Department of Communication Science and Community Development, at IPB University (former Agricultural University of Bogor), Bogor, Indonesia.
  • 10/2016-09/2017: Teaching assignment at the Department of Human Geography, University of Göttingen
  • 03/2012-09/2017: Researcher at German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Department for “Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources”
  • 2016: Doctorate in Human Geography, doctoral student at the Gauss School of Science, University of Goettingen and within DFG CRC 990, title of thesis: “Rescaling conflictive access and property relations in the context of REDD+ in Jambi, Indonesia”
  • 07/2011-02/2012: Researcher at Research Center for Sustainability Studies (artec) University of Bremen, Germany and Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)
  • 09/2010-05/2011: Postgraduate Training Program on Development Cooperation at German Development Institute (DIE), Germany and Peru
  • 05/2010-07/2010: Intern at AGEG International Consulting Services, Germany: Department Natural Resource Management, Preparation of technical and financial proposals for development projects and recruitment of experts
  • 10/2008-06/2009: Research Assistant at University of Göttingen and Universitas Tadulako (Palu), Collaborative Research "Center Stability of Rainforests Margins in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia" sub-project A5: "Welfare economic assessments of forest encroachment and ENSO effects in the face of personal capital and social capital dynamics"
  • 10/2004-12/2009: Studies of Geography, Cultural Anthropology and Political Science at University of Göttingen, Germany and University Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France


Engagement, Functions, Scholarships








Journal articles




Book chapters and other publications




Selected Talks


  • Social Science & Humanities Strategy Group of the German Marine Research Consortium Institute of Fisheries Ecology, Bremerhaven, 14.-15. November 2019, talk: “A Political Ecology of old and new land in the Jakarta Bay”

  • Together with Alina Brad: Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, Kiel, 25.-30. September 2019, talk: „Die Transnationalisierung von Umweltkonflikten? NGOs, transnationales Kapital und Konflikte um Land auf Sumatra”

  • Colloquium at the Department of Communication Science and Community Development, IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia 04. September 2019, talk: “Political ecology of conservation” (invited talk).

  • 37th IPB Talk on Complexity & Sustainability Science, IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia, 02. September 2019, talk: “Deforestation after Paris: Is REDD+ still alive?” (invited talk).

  • Environmental Justice Conference 'Transformative Connections', University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2- 4 July 2019, talk: “Coastal transformation, port development and environmental justice”.

  • Second Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), Oslo, 19.-22. June 2018, talk: “Forest carbon and the state: carbon offsetting vs. rural development in Jambis coastal peat swamps”.

  • Together with Alina Brad: Arbeitskreis ländliche Entwicklung in der DGFG, Kiel, 22.-24. February, 2018“, talk: „Transnationalized agrarian conflicts: insights from Sumatra, Indonesia”.

  • Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, 05. - 09. April 2017, talk: “The transnationalization of competing state projects - Carbon Offsetting and development in Sumatra's peat swamps”.

  • „AGEP Winter School – An interdisciplinary perspective on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, Gustav-Stresemann-Institut und AGEP Netzwerk, Bonn, 15. bis 17. Februar 2017, talk: “Trade-offs, synergies and interdependencies: understanding SDG interactions in rural Sumatra, Indonesia” (invited talk).

  • Seminar "Einführung in die Entwicklungspolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Postkolonialismus und Entwicklungskritik", Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Universität Freiburg. Universität Rostock, Bonn, 18.-22 December, talk: „Nachhaltige Entwicklung für wen? Zielkonflikte bei der Umsetzung von SDGs“ (invited talk).

  • Together with Alejandro Guarin and Ezra Fromme: Green zone side event to UN Climate Change Conference COP 22, ”The NDC Explorer: launch of interactive tool with discussion focused on Africa's ambitions and REDD”, Marrakech, 15. November 2016, talk: “Sectoral perspective on NDCs: The role of land-use, forestry and REDD+”.

  • Forclime office at Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, 15. August 2016, talk: „Conflictive access and property relations in Jambi, Indonesia“ (invited talk).

  • Together with Heiko Faust: Agricultural University Bogor, Bogor, 04. August 2016, talk: „Interdisciplinary research on contested land use change in Sumatra“ (invited talk).

  • Together with Jean Carlo Rodriguez and Carmen Richerzhagen: Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Governance, Berlin, 23-24 May 2016, talk: “Why power matters: Power and social relations as mediators of benefits from REDD+ and PES schemes”.

  • Together with Heiko Faust: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, 29 March to 2 April 2016, talk: “Unraveling property and power relations as factors filtering the ability to benefit from REDD+ - a case study from Jambi Indonesia”.

  • European conference of Tropical Ecology, Göttingen, 23-26 February 2016, talk: “Transnationalized land conflicts in the context of REDD+, insights from Jambi, Indonesia”.

  • Together with Yvonne Kunz: International conference of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, Vienna, 11-14 August 2015, talk: “Sumatra’s Oil Palm Frontier in the REDD – The Politics of Scale of Land Conflicts”.

  • Together with Fariborz Zelli and Hannes Hotz: Side event to UN Climate Change Conference COP 20/ CMP 10 “REDD and Beyond: International and Indigenous Strategies in Forest Protection”, Lima, 4th December 2014, talk: “Social Inclusiveness of REDD in Peru”

  • Together with Barbara Beckert: Arbeitskreis Südostasien in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG), Jahrestagung 2014, 14-15 November 2014, Cologne, talk: “Land for farmers or forests for tigers: the Harapan Rainforest Case”.

  • International Conference “Carbon, Land and Property“, University of Copenhagen, 01-04 July 2014, talk: „Exclusions as consequences of REDD+ and conservation. A case study from Jambi, Indonesia”.

  • Together with Carmen Richerzhagen: International conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, 13-15 August 2014, Reykjavik, talk: „Social implications of benefit-sharing arrangements in conservation policies: the case of Indonesia”.

  • “Kulia umum dan temu wicara magister ilmu lingkungan pascasariana”, Universitas Jambi, Jambi (Indonesien) (Guest lecture at University of Jambi), 14 September 2013, talk:” Climate Change Mitigation, Forest Policies and Resource Access in Indonesia” (invited talk).

  • Forum Saling Asah – Diskusi Hasil Penelitian”, Faculty for Human Ecology, Agricultural University, Bogor (IPB), Bogor (Indonesia), 14th June 2013, talk: “The International Climate Negotiations and their Implications for Forest Policies and Resource Access in Indonesia” (invited talk).



  • Association of Pacific Studies
  • Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)
  • Working Group on rural areas DGfG [AK "Ländliche Räume"]
  • Working Group on Southeast Asia DGfG [AK "Südostasien"]
  • Association for Geography at German-speaking universities and research institutions (VGDH)



Research Projects


  • Umweltkonflikte in Küstenregionen: Ein Rollenspiel
    Funding: PERLE/ BMBF
    Duration: 2020
Project description (only in German)

Rollenspiele finden zunehmend Anwendung in der Naturschutz- und Planungspraxis. Im Rahmen des Vorhabens sollen Studierende der interdisziplinären Studiengänge Environmental Management und Sustainability, Society and Environment und weitere Interessierte, ein Rollenspiel entwickeln, das Zielkonflikten zwischen dem Schutz und dem Nutzen mariner Räume darstellt. Ziel ist es, die Rollen verschiedener Nutzergruppen auszuarbeiten, und das Szenario eines Verhandlungsprozesses, z.B. im Rahmen der Entwicklung eines Managementplans, zu entwerfen. Das Szenario soll dabei möglichst eng an real existierende Verhandlungen angelehnt sein. Die Studierenden lernen zudem, wie aus diesen Materialien ein Rollenspiel entwickelt wird, dass danach im Rahmen verschiedener Module eingesetzt werden kann.

  • Hydrosocial Jakarta
    Funding: Kiel Marine Science and Internationalization Fund of CAU Kiel (workshop)
    Duration: 2019-2022
Project description

Coastal areas are among the most densely populated areas on earth. Despite sea-level rise and other climate change induced hazards many coastal urbanizations such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Hamburg and Jakarta are engaged in large-scale land reclamation or water front developments and expand in the direction of their semi-aquatic and aquatic forelands. They create new urban territory by transforming fluid space to solid space. Taking the Jakarta Bay as an example the workshop focusses on two interrelated issues. First, the project seeks to identify how the enclosure of terrestrial and aquatic coastal and marine spaces along the mega cities north coast and on the Thousand Island archipelago for reclamation, conservation and tourism effects socio-ecological relations and coastal livelihoods. Second, it workshop seeks to discuss material and discursive transformation of terrestrial and aquatic coastal and marine spaces.

  • Political Ecology of the Elbe River
    Funding: Kiel Marine Science
    Duration: 2020-2021
Project description

The project seeks to contribute to ongoing discussions in coastal and marine planning by providing an account on the contested planning of the fairway adoption of the Elbe River. Using a political ecology perspective and the growth coalition concept growth (Jaffee, 2015; Molotch, 1976) we identify contested environmental knowledge claims and narratives on the socio-ecological consequences of the fairway adaptation.




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