Prof. Dr. Jan Börner

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Global development and trade
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
  • Governance and conflict
Research countries
  • Brazil
  • Indonesia
  • Peru
Working groups

Our working groups deals with questions on the optimal choice and design of environmental and tropical forest conservation policies with a specific focus on the Amazon region.


Impact Evaluation of Conservation and Development Policies and Initiatives (ENV-130) Research Seminar on Environmental Economics and Policy (ENV-300) Advanced Environmental Economics (ENV-210) Environmental and Resource Economics Modules in ZEF's Doctoral Studies Program

Additional Information:

For all publications visit my Google Scholar Profile

Supervision of
ongoing doctoral theses

Hugo Rosa da Conceição, University of Bonn

Johannes Schielein, University of Bonn

Javier Miranda, University of Bonn

Galia Figueroa Alfonso, University of Bonn

Renzo Giudice Granados, University of Bonn

Salwa Haddad, University of Bonn

Gabriel Frey, University of Bonn

Silke Heuser, UNU-MERIT

Supervision of
completed doctoral theses

Dawit Diriba Guta, University of Bonn

Vanesa Rodríguez Osuna, Leipzig University

Marco Elías Cisneros Tersitsch, University of Bonn

Marina Londres, University of Florida


M.Sc. in International Agricultural Sciences (Humboldt University, Berlin); Dr. agr. (University of Bonn)

Funding institutions

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Robert Bosch Foundation NRW Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Email: jborner(at)


Correa, J., E. Cisneros, J. Börner, A. Pfaff, M. Costa and R. Rajao.  2020.  Evaluating REDD+ at subnational level: Amazon fund impacts in Alta Floresta, Brazil.  Forest Policy and Economics , 116:102178   : DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102178   .
Escobar, N., E.J. Tizado, E.K.H.J. zu Ermgassen, P. Löfgren, J. Börner and J. Godar.  2020.  patially-explicit footprints of agricultural commodities: Mapping carbon emissions embodied in Brazil's soy exports.  Global Environmental Change, 62   : 102067   .
Rosa Da Conceição H. and Börner J.  2020.  Understanding Adoption and Design of Incentive-Based Forest Conservation Policies: A Case Study of the SISA Program in Acre, Brazil.  In: Fuders F., Donoso P. (eds.): Ecological Economic and Socio Ecological Strategies for Forest Conservation. Springer, Cham.  


Bruckner, M., Häyhä, T., Giljum, S., Maus, V., Fischer, G., Tramberend, S., Börner, J..  2019.  Quantifying the global cropland footprint of the European Union's non-food bioeconomy.  Environmental Research Letters, 14   : 45001   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Cisneros, E., J. Börner, S. Pagiola and S. Wunder.  2019.  Impacts of conservation incentives in protected areas: The case of Bolsa Floresta, Brazi.  PES Learning Paper 2019-1. Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, World Bank. Washington DC, USA. Further Information
Giudice, R., Börner, J., Wunder, S., Cisneros, E..  2019.  Selection biases and spillovers from collective conservation incentives in the Peruvian Amazon.  Environmental Research Letters, : in press   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Haddad, S., Britz, W., Börner, J..  2019.  Economic Impacts and Land Use Change from Increasing Demand for Forest Products in the European Bioeconomy: A General Equilibrium Based Sensitivity Analysis.  Forests, 10(1)   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Hertel, T.W.; West, T.A.P.; Börner, J.; Villoria, N..  2019.  A review of global-local-global linkages in economic land-use/cover change models.  Environmental Research Letters, 14(5)   : 053003   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Laibach, N., Börner, J., Bröring, S..  2019.  Exploring the future of the bioeconomy: An expert-based scoping study examining key enabling technology fields with potential to foster the transition toward a bio-based economy.  Technology in Society, in press   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Miranda Arana, J., Börner, J., Kalkuhl, M., Soares Filho, B..  2019.  Land speculation and conservation policy leakage in Brazil.  Environmental Research Letters, : in press   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Nascimento, N., T.A.P. West, L. Biber-Freudenberger, E.R. de Sousa-Neto, J. Ometo and J. Börner.  2019.  A Bayesian network approach to modelling land-use decisions under environmental policy incentives in the Brazilian Amazon.  Journal of Land Use Science, DOI: 10.1080/1747423X.2019.1709223   .
Nascimento, N., West, T.A.P., Börner, J., Ometo, J..  2019.  What Drives Intensification of Land Use at Agricultural Frontiers in the Brazilian Amazon? Evidence from a Decision Game.  Forests, 10(6)   : 464   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Biber-Freudenberger, L., Kumar Basukala, A., Bruckner, M., Börner, J..  2018.  Sustainability Performance of National Bio-Economies.  Sustainability, 10(8)   : 2705   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Börner, J.; West, T.A.P.; Blackman, A.; Miteva, D.A.; Sims, K.R.E.; Wunder, S..  2018.  National and subnational forest conservation policies: What works, what doesn't.  In: A. Angelsen, C. Martius, V. de Sy, A.E. Duchelle, A.M. Larson, Pham T.T. (eds.): Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia.   105-116.  Further Information
Bruckner, M., Giljum, S., Fischer, G., Tramberend, S. and J. Börner.  2018.  The global cropland footprint of the non-food bioeconomy. ZEF Discussion Paper 253.  Further Information
Dietz, T., J. Börner, J.J. Förster, J. von Braun.  2018.  Governance of the Bioeconomy: A Global Comparative Study of National Bioeconomy Strategies.  Sustainability, 10(9)   : 3190   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Escobar, N., Haddad, S., Börner, J., Britz, W..  2018.  Land use mediated GHG emissions and spillovers from increased consumption of bioplastics.  Environmental Research Letters, 13 (12)   : 125005   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Frey, G.P., West, T.A.P., Hickler, T., Rausch, L., Gibbs, H.K., Börner, J..  2018.  Simulated Impacts of Soy and Infrastructure Expansion in the Brazilian Amazon: A Maximum Entropy Approach.  Forests, 9(10)   : 600   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Gardner, T. A., M. Benzie, J. Börner, E. Dawkins, S. Fick, R. Garrett, J. Godar, A. Grimard, S. Lake, R.K. Larsen, N. Mardas, C.L. McDermott, P. Meyfroidt, M. Osbeck, M. Persson, T. Sembres, C. Suavet, B. Strassburg, A. Trevisan, C. West, P. Wolvekamp.  2018.  Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains.  World Development, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.05.025   . Further Information
Rosa da Conceição, H., Börner, J., Wunder, S..  2018.  REDD+ as a Public Policy Dilemma: Understanding Conflict and Cooperation in the Design of Conservation Incentives.  Forests, 9(11)   : 725   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Schielein, J.; Börner, J..  2018.  Recent transformations of land-use and land-cover dynamics across different deforestation frontiers in the Brazilian Amazon.  Land Use Policy, 76   : 81-94   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Börner, J., K. Baylis, E. Corbera, D. Ezzine-de-Blas, J. Honey-Rosés, U. M. Persson and S. Wunder.  2017.  The Effectiveness of Payments for Environmental Services.  World Development, 96   : 359–374   . Further Information
Guta, D. and J. Börner.  2017.  Energy security, uncertainty and energy resource use options in Ethiopia: A sector modelling approach.  International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 11(1)   : 91-117   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Jan Börner, Arnim Kuhn, Joachim von Braun.  2017.  Bio-economy in developing countries. ZEF Policy Brief 25.  Further Information
Khamzina, A., J.P.A. Lamers, J. Börner with O.O. Cofie, P. Drechsel, Chr. Gordon, J. Miranda, S. Mukherjee, L.Verchot, H. Vereecken, L. Weihermüller, S. Zelaya-Bonilla, F. Ziadat.  2017.  Land resources and the SDGs.  In: Paul L. G. Vlek, Asia Khamzina, and Lulseged Tamene (eds.): Land degradation and the Sustainable Development Goals: Threats and potential remedies. CIAT / CGIAR.   17-31.  (Open Acess)  Further Information
Valone, T.J., Barta, Z., Börner, J., Cardenas, J.-C., Giraldeau, L.-A., Kokko, H., Oldekop, J., Pauly, D., Rustagi, D., Sutherland, W..  2017.  Governance of Renewable Resources.  In: Giraldeau, L.-A., Heeb, P., Kosfeld, M. (eds.): Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications. Ernst Strüngemann Forum / The MIT Press.   97-118.  Further Information
Zita Maria Lenfert and Jan Börner.  2017.  Soybean certification and tropical deforestation in Brazil: how to move towards zero-net deforestation. ZEF Policy Brief 28.  Further Information


Baylis K., J. Honey‐Rosés, J. Börner, E. Corbera, D. Ezzine‐de‐Blas, P. Ferraro, R. Lapeyre, U.M. Persson, A. Pfaff, S. Wunder.  2016.  Mainstreaming impact evaluation in nature conservation.  Conservation Letters, 9(1)   : 58-64   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Bolte, A., Börner, J., Bräsicke, N., Degen, B., Dieter, M., Saake, B., Schneider, B.U..  2016.  Perspektiven der Forst- und Holzwirtschaft in Deutschland. Further Information
Börner, J. , Baylis, K., Corbera, E., Ezzine-de-Blas, D., Ferraro, P.J., Honey-Rosés, J., Lapeyre, R., Persson, U.M., Wunder, S..  2016.  Emerging Evidence on the Effectiveness of Tropical Forest Conservation.  PLOS ONE , 11(11)   : e0159152   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Börner, J., S. Wunder and R. Guidice.  2016.  Will up-scaled forest conservation incentives in the Peruvian Amazon produce cost-effective and equitable outcomes?.  Environmental Conservation, in press   . Further Information
Fogliano de Souza Cunha, F.A., Börner, J., Wunder, S., Nunes Cosenza, A.C., Lucena, A..  2016.  The implementation costs of forest conservation policies in Brazil.  Ecological Economics, 130   : 209-220   . Further Information


Börner, J., E. Marinho and S. Wunder.  2015.  Mixing Carrots and Sticks to Conserve Forests in the Brazilian Amazon: A Spatial Probabilistic Modeling Approach..  PLOS ONE, 10(2)   : e0116846   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Börner, J., G. Shively, S. Wunder and M. Wyman.  2015.  How Do Rural Households Cope with Economic Shocks? Insights from Global Data using Hierarchical Analysis.  Journal of Agricultural Economics, 66(2)   : 392-414   . Further Information
Börner, J., K. Kis-Katos, J. Hargrave and K. König.  2015.  Post-Crackdown Effectiveness of Field-Based Forest Law Enforcement in the Brazilian Amazon..  PLOS ONE, 10(4)   : e0121544   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Cisneros, E., S. L. Zhou and J. Börner.  2015.  Naming and Shaming for Conservation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon..  PLOS ONE, 10(9)   : e0136402   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Guta, D., Börner, J..  2015.  Energy security, uncertainty, and energy resource use option in Ethiopia: A sector modelling approach (ZEF Discussion Paper).  Further Information
Mirzabaev, A., D. Guta, J. Goedecke, V. Gaur, J. Börner, D. Virchow, M. Denich and J. von Braun.  2015.  Bioenergy, food security and poverty reduction: trade-offs and synergies along the water–energy–food security nexus..  Water International, 40(5-6)   : 1-19   . Further Information
Noack, F. Wunder, S., Angelsen, A., Börner, J..  2015.  Responses to weather and climate : a cross-section analysis of rural incomes. World Bank Report No. WPS7478.  Further Information
Rosa da Conceição, H., Börner, J., Wunder, S..  2015.  Why were upscaled incentive programs for forest conservation adopted? Comparing policy choices in Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.  Ecosystem Services, 16   : 243-252   . Further Information


Angelsen, A., Jagger, P., Babigumira, R., Belcher, B., Hogarth, N., Bauch, S., Börner, J., Smith-Hall, C., and S. Wunder.  2014.  Environmental Income and Rural Livelihoods: A Global-Comparative Analysis.  World Development, 64 Supplement 1   : S12-S28   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Börner, J., Wunder, S., Wertz-Kanounnikoff, S., Hyman, G., Nascimento, N..  2014.  Forest law enforcement in the Brazilian Amazon: costs and income effects.  Global Environmental Change, 29   : 294-305   . Further Information
Duchelle, A. E., A. M. Almeyda Zambrano, S. Wunder, J. Börner and K. A. Kainer.  2014.  Smallholder Specialization Strategies along the Forest Transition Curve in Southwestern Amazonia.  World Development, 64 Supplement 1   : S149-S158   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Duchelle, A. E., M. Cromberg, M. F. Gebara, R. Guerra, T. Melo, A. Larson, P. Cronkleton, J. Börner, E. Sills, S. Wunder, S. Bauch, P. May, G. Selaya and W. D. Sunderlin.  2014.  Linking Forest Tenure Reform, Environmental Compliance, and Incentives: Lessons from REDD+ Initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon.  World Development, 55   : 53-67   . Further Information
Lambin, E.F., P. Meyfroidt, X. Rueda, A. Blackman, J. Börner, P.O. Cerutti, T. Dietsch, L. Jungmann, P. Lamarque and J. Lister.  2014.  Effectiveness and synergies of policy instruments for land use governance in tropical regions.  Global Environmental Change, 28   : 129-140   . Further Information
Rodríguez Osuna, V., Börner, J., Cunha, M..  2014.  Scoping Adaptation Needs for Smallholders in the Brazilian Amazon: A Municipal Level Case Study.  Change Adaptation Socioecol. Syst. (CASES), 1(1)   : 12-25   . Further Information
Rodríguez Osuna, V., Börner, J., Cunha, M..  2014.  Small-Scale Producers, Risk and Climate Change in an Amazonian Municipality.  In: Lac, S., McHenry, M.P. (eds.): Climate Change and Forest Ecosystems. Climate change and its causes, effect and prediction. Nova Publishers Inc..   135-151.  Further Information
Wunder, S., J. Börner, G. Shively and M. Wyman.  2014.  Safety Nets, Gap Filling and Forests: A Global-Comparative Perspective.  World Development, 64 Supplement 1   : S29-S42   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Börner, J. and S. Vosti.  2013.  Managing Tropical Forest Ecosystem Services: An Overview of Options.  In: R. Muradian and L. Rival (eds.): Governing the Provision of Ecosystem Services. Springer.   21-46. 
Börner, J., Higgins, S.I., Scheiter, S. and J. Kantelhardt.  2013.  Approximating Optimal Numerical Solutions to Bio-economic Systems: How useful is Simulation-Optimization?.  Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, 52(3)   : 179-198   .
Börner, J., S. Wunder, F. Reimer, R.Y. Bakkegaard, V. Viana, J. Tezza, T. Pinto, L. Lima and S. Marostica.  2013.  Promoting Forest Stewardship in the Bolsa Floresta Programme: Local Livelihood Strategies and Preliminary Impacts.  CIFOR, FAS, ZEF. Bonn, Germany. Further Information
Figueiredo, R. de O., Börner, J. and E.A. Davidson.  2013.  Watershed services payments to small-holders in the Brazilian Amazon: challenges and perspectives.  Revista Ambiente & Água , 8(2)   : 6-17   .
Prado Córdova, J., S. Wunder, C. Smith-Hall and J. Börner.  2013.  Rural Income and Forest Reliance in Highland Guatemala.  Environmental Management, 51(5)   : 1034-1043   .

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