Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas

Dr. Jonas Hein


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  • 2019: Co-founder of the EnJust Network for Environmental Justice
  • 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







Journal articles



Book chapters and other publications



Selected Talks


  • 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).



  • Collaborative Research Center 990, „Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia), Associated Researcher
  • Associated Researcher at German Development Institute (DIE)
  • Association of Pacific Studies
  • Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)



Research Projects



NDC Explorer