Dr. Jan Janosch Förster

Research themes
  • Institutions
  • Land, water, food and energy
  • Governance, conflicts and natural resources
  • Health, nutrition and ecosystems
Research countries
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • South Africa
Research projects

STRIVE project (Sustainable trade and innovation transfer in the bioeconomy): from national strategies to global sustainable development goals.


Working groups

- STRIVE project (Sustainable trade and innovation transfer in the bioeconomy)

- Ethical committee (ZEF)

- BION (Biodiversitätsnetzwerk Bonn)


Interdisciplinary Doctoral Course Bonn International Graduate School

- Case study design

- Transect walks and mapping

- Term paper writing

Additional Information:

SUPERVISION of Master's students

Isabell Pasternack (ILR, Uni Bonn), Graduated 2018 with high distiction

"Identifying WEF - Governance Nexus challenges. the case of smallholder cash crop production in Lima Province, Peru"




Tutorship of doctoral candidates

Madiha Hussein

"Young women's participation in Pakistan's politics"

Ojewole Oginni

"Humanitarian Urbanism: Everyday life of the displaced incities around the Lake Chad Basin"



B (Hons, 1st class) - Political Sciences;

Master (Distinction) - Integrated Water Management

PhD - Water governance in South Africa



Water; governance; policy; livelihoods; sustainability; bioeconomy; geopolitics of oil and gas; life science and nexus topics


Förster J.J., L. Downsborough, L. Biber- Freudenberger, G.K. Mensuro and J. Börner.  2020.  Exploring criteria for transformative policy capacity in the context of South Africa’s biodiversity economy.  Policy Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s11077-020-09385-0 . (Open Access)  Download [PDF]
Further Information


Dietz, T. Börner, J; Förster, J.J.; von Braun, J..  2018.  Governance of the bioeconomy: A global comparative study of national bioeconomy strategies.  Sustainability , 10(9) : 20 . (Open Access)  Further Information
Förster, J.J. and Virgin, I..  2018.  Bioeconomy between Europe and Africa - summarizing workshop outcomes "Global Bioeconomy Summit" in Berlin, April 2018.  Download [PDF]
Further Information


Förster, J.J., Downsborough, L. and M.J. Chomba.  2017.  When Policy Hits Practice: Structure, Agency and Power in South African Water Governance.  Society & Natural Resources , http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2016.1268658  .

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Jan Janosch Förster

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ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change