Dr. Girma Kelboro Mensuro

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Knowledge
  • Development Politics
  • Innovation and science policy
  • Governance and conflict
Research countries
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Nigeria
Research projects

The role of institutions for forest resource and livelihood management in East African forest landscapes (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) [completed]

BiomassWeb: Improving food security in Africa through biomass-based value web: http://biomassweb.org/ [completed]

CIREG - Climate Information to Support Integrated Renewable Electricity Generation: https://cireg.pik-potsdam.de [ongoing]             


Participatory research methods: Participatory Learning and Action (PLA)/Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) (ZEF disciplinary doctoral course 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/2020)

Theories of institutional change (ZEF disciplinary doctoral course 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/2020)

Institutions, actors and resources (ZEF disciplinary doctoral course 2015/16, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)

‘Designing’ or ‘crafting’: guarding disciplinary territories of institutional change (ZEF disciplinary doctoral course 2015/16)

Institutional change analysis (ZEF disciplinary doctoral course 2016/17)

Governing transitions in technological change (ARTS Masters presentation, University of Bonn 2018/19)

Biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in tropical countries (Masters presentation, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences 2018/19, 2019/20)


Tutorship of doctoral candidates

Gina Maria Chinchilla Salcedo (ongoing, 2016/17-): Building Resilient Communities after the Conflict in Colombia: memories, identities and contested narratives

Suparna Banerjee (ongoing, 2016/17-): Left Wing Extremism in India: A study of state responses in Bihar and West Bengal

Quyen Mai (ongoing, 2015/16-): Networks and Flows in the Global Governance of World Heritage Sites: The case of Vietnam

Gerba Leta Dufera (ongoing, 2014/15-): The Ethiopian Agricultural Extension System and its Role as a “Development Actor”: the Case of Bako and Yem Woredas, South-western Ethiopia (defended on 06/08/2018)

Getachew Legese Feye (ongoing, 2014/15-): Family Farming and Food Insecurity in Ethiopia: The Role of Risk Perceptions of Family Farmers in Biomass-based Value Webs in Jimma Area (defended on 23/03/2018)

Isaac Mbeche Nyang’au (ongoing, 2013/14-): Boundary Work and Agricultural Innovation Systems: Developing a Conceptual and Methodological Framework for Science-Practice Interaction and Knowledge Generation Using an Example of Push-Pull Technology in Ethiopia (defended on 28/05/2019)

Professional experience

Lecturer of forestry and natural resource management courses at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Hawassa University (Dec. 2002 - Aug. 2009)

Forestry expert in the Commission for Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Rehabilitation, Southern Region of Ethiopia (Oct. 1996 - Nov. 2002)

Professional membership: African Forest Forum Forestry Society of Ethiopia African Good Governance Network


PhD in Agriculture from University of Hohenheim, Germany   

MSc in Tropical Forestry from Wageningen University, The Netherlands                                                            

BSc in Forestry from Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia


Social-ecological systems analysis, environmental governance, participatory natural resource management

Funding institutions

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany


Berhanu, Y., Dalle, D., Sintayehu, D.W., Kelboro, G., Nigussie, A.  2022.  Woody species dynamics in Sheka Forest Biosphere Reserve, Southwest Ethiopia.  Forest Ecology and Management, 519   : 120313   . Further Information
Tannor, S.J., Kelboro, G., Greve, K., Borgemeister, C., Tischbein, B.  2022.  Climate variability and extractivism exposures: understanding household perspectives on livelihood resilience in rural Ghana.  The Extractive Industries and Society, . Further Information


Abadi, B., Kelboro, G.  2021.  Farmers’ contributions to achieving water sustainability: a meta-analytic path analysis of predicting water conservation behavior.  Sustainability, 14 (279)   : DOI: 10.3390/su14010279   . (Open Access)  


Debela, D.D., Stellmacher, T., Azadi, H., Kelboro, G., Lebailly, P., Ghorbani, M.  2020.  The impact of industrial investments on land use and smallholder farmers’ livelihoods in Ethiopia.  Land Use Policy, 99   : DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.105091   .
Förster, J.J., Downsborough, L., Biber-Freudenberger, L., Kelboro Mensuro, G., Börner, J.  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)  
Kabeta , L., Dalle , G., Tolera, M., Kelboro, G.  2020.  Bush encroachment and impacts on grass biomass in Senkelle Swayne’s Hartebeest Sanctuary, Ethiopia.  Biodiversity, : DOI: 10.1080/14888386.2020.1844595   .
Woldeyohannes, A., Cotter, M., Biru, W.D., Kelboro, G.  2020.  Assessing changes in ecosystem service values over 1985–2050 in response to land use and land cover dynamics in Abaya-Chamo Basin, Southern Ethiopia.  Land, 9, 37   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Kelboro, G. and Stellmacher, T.  2019.  Global changes in local governance of the commons: the case of the African Parks Foundation engagement in Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia.  In: Haller, T., Breu, T., De Moor, T., Rohr, C. and Znoj, H (eds.): The commons in a glocal world: global connections and local responses. Routledge.   376-391.  Further Information
Le, Q.M., Kelboro, G.  2019.  When heritage goes ways apart: heritagization and local involvement at the Complex of Monuments in Hue, Vietnam.  Further Information
Leta, G., Kelboro, G., Van Assche, K., Stellmacher, T. and Hornidge, A.-K.  2019.  Rhetorics and realities of participation: the Ethiopian agricultural extension system and its participatory turns.  Critical Policy Studies, . Further Information
Stellmacher, T., Kelboro, G.  2019.  Family farms, agricultural productivity, and the terrain of food (in)security in Ethiopia.  Sustainability, 11   . (Open Access)  


Legese, G., Van Assche, K., Stellmacher, T., Tekleworld, H. and Kelboro, G.  2018.  Land for food or power? Risk governance of dams and family farms in Southwest Ethiopia.  Land Use Policy, 75   : 50-59   .
Leta, G., Kelboro, G., Stellmacher, T., Van Assche, K. and Hornidge, A.-K.  2018.  Nikinake: the mobilization of labour and skill development in rural Ethiopia.  Natural Resources Forum, 2(42)   : 93-107   .
Leta, G., Stellmacher, T., Kelboro, G., Van Assche, K. and Hornidge, A.-K.  2018.  Social learning in smallholder agriculture: the struggle against systemic inequalities.  Journal of Workplace Learning, 6 (30)   : 469-487   .
Nyang’au, I.M., Kelboro, G., Hornidge, A.-K., Midega, C.A.O., Borgemeister, C.  2018.  Transdisciplinary research: collaborative leadership and empowerment towards sustainability of push–pull technology.  Sustainability, 10 (7)   : 1-26   . (Open Access)   Further Information
WoldeYohannes, A., Cotter, M., Kelboro, G. and Dessalegn, W.  2018.  Land use and land cover changes and their effects on the landscape of Abaya-Chamo Basin, southern Ethiopia.  Land, 7(2)   : 1-17   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Leta, G., Kelboro, G., Stellmacher, T. and Hornidge, A.-K.  2017.  The agricultural extension system in Ethiopia: operational setup, challenges and opportunities.  Further Information


Amankwah, K., Shtaltovna, A., Kelboro, G. and A.-K. Hornidge.  2016.  A critical review of the follow-the-innovation approach: Stakeholder collaboration and agricultural innovation development.  African Journal of Rural Development, 1   : 35-49   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF]
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Amankwah, K., Shtaltovna, A., Kelboro, G. and A.-K. Hornidge.  2015.  A Critical review of the follow-the-innovation approach: Stakeholder collaboration and agricultural innovation development.  Further Information
Kelboro, G. and Stellmacher, T.  2015.  Protected areas as contested spaces: Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia, between ‘local people’, the state, and NGO engagement.  Environmental Development, 16   : 63-75   .
Kelboro, G. and Stellmacher, T.  2015.  Protect and lose? Conservation and conflicts in Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia.  In: Stellmacher, T. (eds.): Socio-ecological change in rural Ethiopia: Understanding local dynamics in environmental planning and natural resource management . Peter Lang Academic Publisher.   17-36. 
Thiam, D.R., Babalola, F.D. and Kelboro, G.  2015.  Forest resource governance in Cameroon: A case study for Central Africa.  Download [PDF]
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Gatzweiler, F.W. and Kelboro, G.  2014.  Decentralization and institutional development in East African forest landscapes.  ZEF Policy Brief No. 11 Further Information
Negash, M. and G. Kelboro.  2014.  Effects of socio-economic status and food consumption pattern on household energy uses: Implications for forest resource degradation and deforestation around Wondo Genet Catchments, South-Central Ethiopia.  Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review, 30(1)   : 27-48   . Further Information


Kelboro, G.  2013.  Unraveling the Parks and People Dichotomy: Local Interests and Conflicts in Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia.  Doctoral thesis at  University of Hohenheim.  Margraph Publishers. Weikersheim, Germany   Further Information
Kelboro, G., T. Stellmacher and V. Hoffmann.  2013.  Urban Needs and Protected Areas: Interfaces between Arba Minch Town and Nech Sar National Park in Southern Ethiopia.  Further Information
Kelboro, G., T. Stellmacher, and V. Hoffmann.  2013.  ‘Conservationists’ and ‘Local People’ in Biodiversity Conservation: the Case of Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia.  Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities, 9 (1)   : 29-55   .
Seifu, S., T. Stellmacher and G. Kelboro.  2013.  Land rehabilitation and female-headed households: Evidence from the Bilate Area Closure Project in Halaba Special Woreda, South Ethiopia.  Further Information


Kelboro, G. and Stellmacher, T.  2012.  Contesting the national park theorem? Governance and land use in Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia.  Further Information
Kelboro, G., T. Stellmacher and V. Hoffmann.  2012.  Bridging the researcher-people knowledge gap in biodiversity conservation: The case of Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia.  Further Information


Kelboro, G. and T. Stellmacher.  2011.  Protected area governance: Lessons learned from NGO endeavours in Nech Sar National Park, Southern Ethiopia.  Further Information


Kelboro, G..  2008.  Sacred groves in Sidama, Southern Ethiopia: culture-forest experimentation sites? A case study. In: Darr, B. and Pretzsch, J. Development of innovative teaching modules for higher education in Tropical forestry in Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya and Sudan. 

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