Dr. Christoph Kubitza

Research Fellow

Dr. Christoph Kubitza

  • Short CV

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

    • 2020 - 2023: Research fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin
    • 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


    Land Use Policy | 02/2024

    Large-Scale Acquisitions of Communal Land in the Global South: Assessing the Risks and Formulating Policy Recommendations

    This article conceptualises and empirically assesses the socioeconomic and environmental risks of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) for communal lands in the Global South.

    Land Economics | 12/2023

    Labor Displacement in Agriculture: Evidence from Oil Palm Expansion in Indonesia

    We analyze the labor market effects of oil palm cultivation among smallholder farmers in Indonesia.

    Vijesh V. Krishna

    Prof. Dr. Stephan Klasen

    Thomas Kopp

    Dr. Nunung Nuryartono

    Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

    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

    Süddeutsche Zeitung | Quote | 20/11/2023

    Wie nachhaltig ist unser Palmöl wirklich?

    Palmöl steckt in fast der Hälfte aller Supermarktprodukte. Die deutschen Konzerne versprechen ihren Konsumenten, es komme aus umweltschonender Produktion. Doch zumindest für Beiersdorf wurde Regenwald für den Rohstoff abgeholzt.

    taz | Quote | 27/09/2021

    Landgrabbing nimmt wieder zu

    Seminar | 17/01/2024

    Land Rights for Sustainable Development - The Role of Data

    European Commission InfoPoint Conference, Brussels / hybrid event Dr. Christoph Kubitza (Panelist), Prof. Dr. Jann Lay (Panelist)


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