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Featured Researcher- Christoph Nolte

Christoph Nolte is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. His research examines the impact and cost-effectiveness of conservation projects. Specifically, his thesis focuses on the effectiveness of protected area support projects in the Amazon rainforest. It integrates econometrics, agent-based modeling, remote sensing and qualitative research methods to understand how projects have improved protected area management, forest conservation and livelihood outcomes.

Christoph is affiliated to IFRI research network, and advised by its director, Arun Agrawal. He conducts his research in partnership with the German Development Bank KfW and with financial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Rights and Resources Initiative. In 2012, Christoph received the 2012 Marshall Weinberg Population Development, and Climate Change fellowship to conduct research on poverty and population impacts of Amazon protected areas (more…). He is also a member of the IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas and its Task Force on Protected Area Management Effectiveness. What Christoph most enjoys about working with IFRI is the opportunity to interact with cutting-edge scientists, policy makers, and local practitioners around the world.

Prior to Michigan, Christoph worked at the Governance of Biodiversity research group and the Division of Landscape Economics, University of Greifswald, Germany. Work experience includes internships at the Galapagos National Park Service and GTZ Morocco. He holds an International MSc of Rural Development from Humboldt University Berlin and a BSc in Environmental and Resource Management from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus.

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