Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Nolte


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Nolte

  • Short CV

    • Since 09/2018: Assistant Prof. Dr. (Juniorprofessorin) at the Leibniz University Hannover and Associate at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

    • 07/2010 - 08/2018: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of African Affairs, at the projects "Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Sustainable Development", "Transparency, Dynamics and Impacts of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLA): Global and Local Evidence", "The Land Matrix"" and "Large-scale land acquisitions: Data, patterns, impacts, and policies"

    • Field research in Kenya, Mali and Zambia

    • 2008 - 2010: Student Assistant at the Chair of Economic Theory and Development Economics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

    • Education: Doctorate at the Georg-August University Göttingen, Dr. rer. Pol, Dissertation about „Large–scale land acquisitions in sub–Saharan Africa. Determinants, processes and actors”; Study of Geographie and Development Economics at the University of Regensburg, the Sorbonne-Université Paris IV and the Georg-August University Göttingen (Diplom Geography and B.A. Economics)

    Current Research

    • Extent, processes and effects of large-scale land acquisitions

    • Rural development

    • Agricultural transformations

    Countries and Regions

    • Zambia

    • Kenya

    • Mali


    • Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Determinants, Processes and Actors

    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Nolte



    Global Environmental Change | 2023

    The Carbon Cost of Agricultural Production in the Global Land Rush

    This study makes use of a global dataset on LSLTs for agricultural production to estimate potential carbon emissions based on different scenarios of land cover change and fertilizer use, as well as potential value of agricultural production on transacted land.

    Chuan Liao

    Prof. Dr. Daniel G. Brown

    Prof. Dr. Arun Agrawal

    World Development | 04/2021

    Large-Scale Farms in Zambia: Locational Patterns and Spillovers to Smallholder Agriculture

    Smallholder farmers in developing countries could be negatively affected by the growing number of large-scale farms. Drawing on nationally representative household data sets and an inventory of large‐scale farms in Zambia, this study investigates the relationship between large‐scale farms and smallholders.

    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.

    Policy Brief | 10/2020

    Responsible Large-Scale Agricultural Investments in and by G20 Countries: A Call for more Transparency

    The Group of 20 (G20) has recognized the need for more responsible land investments in targeted lower- and middle-income countries, but land deals remain opaque. This policy brief suggests the necessity of mandatory due diligence in global supply chains.

    Research Project | 16/01/2013 - 31/12/2014

    The Land Matrix, Phase I

    The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is a global and independent initiative that monitors competition over land use in the Global South. Its goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policy-makers, and technology specialists to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and large-scale land-based investment. The GIGA is a key partner in this initiative and hosts the Land Matrix Database. The first phase of the Land Matrix aimed at maintaining and improving the database. A focus was on the dynamics and impacts of large-scale land acquisitions.
    BMZ, 2013-2014

    Aachener Zeitung | Interview | 16/08/2017

    "Landgrabbing verschlechtert die Situation der Bauern weltweit"

    Weser Kurier | Interview | 25/02/2017

    Investoren im Landrausch

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2016

    Rural development in the global South

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany


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