Dr. Christoph Kubitza

Research Fellow

Dr. Christoph Kubitza

  • Short CV

    • Since 05/2020: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies

    • 2019: Research Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Berlin/Hamburg

    • 2018 - 2019: Senior Researcher at the Chair of “International Food Economics and Rural Development” at the University of Göttingen

    • 2018 - 2020: Consultant for the “International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center” (CIMMYT), Mexico

    • 2015 - 2018: : PhD student/Junior Researcher at the Collaborative Research Center 990: „Ecological and socioeconomic functions of tropical lowland rainforest transformation systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)“ at the University of Göttingen

    • Education: PhD in Agricultural Economics at University of Goettingen, Title: “Land-use change and rural development in Indonesia: Economic, institutional and demographic aspects of deforestation and oil palm expansion” (summa cum laude); M.A. Development Economics at University of Göttingen ; B.A. International Economics and Development at Bayreuth University

    Current Research

    • Economic and social impacts of land-use change and global land acquisitions

    • Smallholder farming systems in developing countries

    • Development and Agricultural Economics

    Countries and Regions

    • Indonesia

    Dr. Christoph Kubitza

    Research Fellow


    American Journal of Agricultural Economics | 08/2022

    Technical Efficiency and Farmland Expansion: Evidence from Oil Palm Smallholders in Indonesia

    This study asks whether innovation in smallholder production reduces or accelerates land expansion. Even though innovation in agriculture has reduced land expansion globally, rebound effects can occur locally and often at the expense of vital ecosystem functions...

    Dr. Bernhard Dalheimer

    Bernhard Brümmer

    Journal of Human Resources | 12/2021

    Agricultural Productivity and Fertility Rates: Evidence from the Oil Palm Boom in Indonesia

    The authors analyse the link between agricultural productivity growth and fertility rates, using the oil palm boom in Indonesia as an empirical setting. They find consistent negative effects of oil palm expansion on fertility during the period 1996-2016. This article aims to explain these findings.

    Dr. Esther Gehrke

    Wageningen University

    Ecological Economics | 01/2021

    Impact of Oil Palm Expansion on the Provision of Private and Community Goods in Rural Indonesia

    This article examines the impacts of oil palm expansion on rural economic development in Indonesia. We carried out a nation-wide study to examine the effects of oil palm expansion on rural households' access to essential private goods, and on community goods.​

    Vijesh V. Krishna

    Monograph | Bern Open Publishing | 2021

    Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush: Few Development Benefits, many Human and Environmental Risks

    More than a decade after the surge in large-scale land acquisition in the Global South, the Land Matrix Initiative takes stock of the "global land rush" and its socioeconomic and environmental impacts in its third analytical report. The findings are alarming.

    Nature Communications | 03/2020

    Trade-Offs between Multifunctionality and Profit in Tropical Smallholder Landscapes

    Prof. Dr. Ingo Grass

    Vijesh V. Krishna

    Dr. Marife D. Corre

    Oliver Mußhoff

    Peter Pütz

    Jochen Drescher

    Katja Rembold

    Eka Sulpin Ariyanti

    Andrew D. Barnes

    Nicole Brinkmann

    Ulrich Brose

    Bernhard Brümmer

    Damayanti Buchori

    Rolf Daniel

    Kevin F. A. Darras

    Heiko Faust

    Lutz Fehrmann

    Jonas Hein

    Nina Hennings

    Purnama Hidayat

    Dirk Hölscher

    Dr. Malte Jochum

    Alexander Knohl

    Martyna M. Kotowska

    Valentyna Krashevska

    Holger Kreft

    Christoph Leuschner

    Neil Jun S. Lobite

    Rawati Panjaitan

    Andrea Polle

    Anton M. Potapov

    Edwine Purnama

    Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

    Dr. Alexander Röll

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu

    Dominik Schneider

    Dr. Aiyen Tjoa

    Prof. Dr. Teja Tscharntke

    Edzo Veldkamp

    taz | Quote | 27/09/2021

    Landgrabbing nimmt wieder zu

    Speaker, Moderator | 30/09/2021

    Few Benefits, Huge Risks: Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush

    GIGA Talk Online event: 30/09/2021 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)


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