Team

Prof. Dr. Jan Börner is an agricultural and environmental economist with applied research experience in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. He is Robert Bosch Junior Professor for Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Use and Bioeconomy and leads the environmental policy research group at ZEF. As a Senior Associate researcher of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) he has been involved in several global research projects on REDD+ and human environment interactions.

Position: Senior Researcher
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Vanesa Rodríguez Osuna, environmental engineer, M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management and Technologies in the Tropics, PhD in Natural Sciences and Project Manager Specialist. Her past and present work relates to the sustainable use of biodiversity, integrated land and water management, climate change, environmental and economic assessment of ecosystem services, environmental policy, environmental impact assessment, alternative market development and bridging the science-policy interface related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Within these fields, she has worked as expert for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Conservation Strategy Fund, RARE, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat/UNEP. Within the business sector, she has worked for SEQUA, the development agency of the four major German business associations and GIZ. She currently works as senior researcher at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn and at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Position: Senior Researcher
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Hugo Rosa da Conceição holds a B.A. in International Relations and a M.Sc. in Environmental Governance. He served for two years as a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank office in Brazil, in the Sustainable Development sector, working on projects at the Brazilian Amazon region. As a junior researcher at ZEF, he’s working with political contexts, institutional structures, design and implementation of incentive-based forest conservation programs in the Amazon Region

Position: Junior Researcher
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Johannes Schielein holds a M.Sc. in Geography from the university of Bonn and collected experience in the field of environmental policies while working as a consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Brazil. During his doctoral stay at ZEF he analyzes land-use change dynamics in the Brazilian Amazon. He thereby focuses on the detection and quantification of local land-use agents and change processes in spatially explicit manner. His work will contribute to better understand the efficiency of environmental policies in different local settings and the influence of local economic factors. Johannes works with a combination of classical statistical approaches and techniques from Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis.

Position: Junior Researcher
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Elías Cisneros is an economist with a background in political economy and econometric analysis with a particular focus on policy impact analysis in Latin America. As a junior researcher at ZEF, he is collecting field data on environmental policies of integrated conservation and development projects in Brazil for use in spatially explicit impact evaluation studies.

Position: Junior Researcher
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Gerson van Luijk is a hydrologist with research experiences on ecosystem modelling in South Africa, Australia and Spain. He holds a M.Sc. degree in both Earth Sciences and International Land and Water Management at the Universities of Utrecht and Wageningen (The Netherlands) respectively. Gerson has some years of experience working with water-related consultancy firms. Within the team, he is a junior researcher with ZEF and works together with Goethe University Frankfurt to develop a dynamic vegetation model for the purpose of analyzing the Amazon ecosystem in respect to policy changes.

Position: Junior Researcher
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Javier Miranda is an economist and holds a master in public policy. As junior researcher at ZEF, he analyses policy instruments, its effects on land use choices and resulting trade-offs in Brazil. Previously, he had worked for the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC-Mexico), for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Namibia, and as an external consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). His professional experience has focused on environmental economics and natural resource management topics; particularly, he developed spatially explicit econometric models and rural surveys to identify drivers of land use.

Position: Junior Researcher
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Renzo Giudice Granados is an ecologist and holds an MSc by research degree on environmental economics and land use and land-cover change modeling with applied research experience in Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. His work experience and interest is to combine policy and applied interdisciplinary research to support the design of effective and efficient forest management and conservation policies. His current research topic at ZEF is an impact evaluation of the National Forest Conservation Program of Peru on avoiding deforestation within indigenous lands using remote sensing data and geographic information systems. He also undertakes this research as part of his current research position at the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Peru.

Position: Junior Researcher
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Florian Reimer is mainly concerned with payments for ecosystem services (PES), especially forest carbon markets including REDD+. Here his focus are techniques for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV). He executes work in the fields of GIS, remote sensing work, forest stock asessment and analysis land-use change. He is therefore involved especially in analysis of historic deforestation, baseline establishment, reference area evaluation, and modelling of future land-use change. He also designs forest carbon inventories, undertakes capacity building for local forest managers and communities. From purely technical applications he is developing his skills for participatory community monitoring of social effects of conservation initiatives and biodiversity monitoring. He contributes to specific research fields, while working in the private sector as a forest carbon project manager. He has participated in validations and verifications of more than 5 projects successfully issuing and selling credits on voluntary and compliance markets.

Dipl. Geographer


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