Dr. Jonas Hein

Department: Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management

Function: Researcher

Specialization: Geographer

Work areas:
  • Political Ecology
  • Property relations and access to land in rural Indonesia
  • Climate and environmental justice
  • REDD+ and market-based conservation
  • International forest and climate politics

Responsibilities in education and training:
  • Person in charge of the training module „Study Design“ of DIE’s Postgraduate Training Programme (since 2016)
  • Teaching in the modules “Environment and Development” and “Rural Development” of the DIE’s Postgraduate Training Programme (since 2012)

Teaching for the University of Göttingen (Geography)

  • Ressourcenwahrnehmung, -bewertung und -management (SS 2017)
  • Kulturräumliche Regionalanalyse: Naturschutzkonflikte (WS 2016/ 2017)


since 03/2012German 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”
07/2011-02/2012Research 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
05/2010-07/2010AGEG International Consulting Services
Department: Natural Resource Management and Health
01/2010-04/2010GIGA Institute for Asian Studies
10/2008-06/2009Georg-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

  • Collaborative Research Center 990, „Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia) (Associated Researcher)
  • Association of Pacific Studies

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



E-mail Jonas.Hein@remove-this.die-gdi.de
Phone +49 (0)228 94927-152
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

In the media

Trees alone don't make a forest
Ruth Krause (2015)
Deutsche Welle, 17 September 2015


Rescaling of access and property relations in a frontier landscape: insights from Jambi, Indonesia
Hein, Jonas / Soeryo Adiwibowo / Christoph Dittrich / Rosyani / Endriatmo Soetarto / Heiko Faust (2015)
published on The Professional Geographer DOI:10.1080/00330124.2015.1089105


Ambiguous involvement: Civil-Society Actors in Forest Carbon Offsets. The case of the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB)

Hein, Jonas / Heiko Garrelts (2014)
in: Garrelts, Heiko/ Matthias Dietz (eds.) Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement.