Hein, Jonas

Dr. Jonas Hein

Research programme
Environmental Governance

Senior Researcher

Human Geography

Work areas

  • Environmental governance
  • biodiversity governance
  • climate politics
  • political ecology of conservation
  • coastal transformation

Responsibilities in education and training

  • Supervision of bachelor and master theses and doctoral dissertations at the Universities of Kiel and Göttingen.
  • 2017-2022: Teaching courses at the University of Kiel, especially in the course Sustainability, Society and the Environment.
  • 2019-2021: Co-Leader of the working group Social and Political Dimensions of Environmental Justice, funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation


since 3/2022German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Senior Researcher, Research Programme "Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability"
9/2017-2/2022University of Kiel, Institute of Geography
Post-doctoral researcher, Working group "Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas"
8/2019-9/2019IPB University (former Agricultural University of Bogor), Bogor, Indonesia
Guest Lecturer at the Center for Agrarian Studies (PSA) and at the Department of Communication Science and Community Development
3/2012-9/2017German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
2016Georg-August University Göttingen
Dr. rer. nat. (Geography), Thesis on: “Rescaling conflictive access and property relations in the context of REDD+ in Jambi, Indonesia”
7/2011-2/2012Research Center for Sustainability Studies (artec)
University of Bremen and Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (Joint appointment)
Research Fellow
09/2010-05/2011German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Participant of 46th Postgraduate Training Programme for Development Cooperation
Country working group: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Peru – A Challenge to Social Inclusion and Multi-level Governance
5/2010-7/2010AGEG International Consulting Services
Department: Natural Resource Management and Health
1/2010-4/2010GIGA Institute for Asian Studies
10/2008-6/2009Georg-August-University, Göttingen
Collaborative Research Center „ Stability of Rainforest Margins in Indonesia“, sub project A5: “Welfare economic assessments of forest encroachment and ENSO effects in the face of personal capital and social capital dynamics”.
Student Research Assistent
10/2004-12/2009Georg-August-University, Göttingen and Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
Studies of Geography, Cultural Anthropology and Political Science

Member of

  • DenkRaum Urban Design (2021-2023)
  • Associated Scientists at Collaborative Research Center 990, C02 - Social transformation processes and sustainable resource use in rural Jambi
  • Associated Member of “Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas” working group, Department of Geography, CAU Kiel
  • Member of the  Strategy Group Social Sciences of the German Marine Research Conssortium
  • POLLEN (node)
  • Founding member of Enjust – Network for environmental justice
  • 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)



  • DenkRaum Fellowship at the CAU Kiel (2021-2022)

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



Phone +49 (0)228 94927-331
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130


Special Issue: What is at stake? The ontological dimension of environmental conflicts
Flemmer, Riccarda / Verena Gresz / Jonas Hein (2024)
in: Society and Natural Resources, Volume 37, Issue 5 (2024)



Contested estuary ontologies: The conflict over the fairway adaptation of the Elbe River, Germany
Hein, Jonas / Jannes Thomsen (2022)

in: Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, first published 17.05.2022


Post-conflict transition and REDD+ in Colombia: Challenges to reducing deforestation in the Amazon
Rodríguez-de-Francisco, Jean Carlo / Carlos del Cairo / Daniel Ortiz-Gallego / Juan Sebastian Velez-Triana / Tomás Vergara-Gutiérrez / Jonas Hein (2021)

in: Forest Policy and Economics 127, article 102450