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Short biography

Kristina Dietz, Dr., received her doctorate in political science from the University of Kassel in 2010. Since April 2020, she has been interim professor at the department of International and Intersocietal Relations. Prior to this, she has been director together with Prof. Bettina Engels of the Junior Research Group "Global change - local conflicts? Land conflicts in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa" at Freie Universität Berlin. Her main research interests are sustainable development and socio-ecological transformation, global change, political environmental research, conflicts over land and mining, theory of development and democracy, social movement research. Her regional focuses are Latin America (Andean region, Argentina and Mexico) and Africa (East Africa).

Main areas of research

• Sustainable development
• Conflicts over land, mining and resources
• Socio-Ecological Transformation
• Theory of development and democracy
• Critical agrarian studies
• Political ecology
• Social movement studies
• International climate and energy policy

Regional focus: Latin America and Africa

Recent Publications

  • Dietz, K., Akram-Lodhi, H., Engels, B. & McKay, B. (Eds.) (2021). The Edgar Elgar Handbook on critical agrarian studies. Edward Elgar.

  • Dietz, K., Engels, B., Pye, O. & Brunnengräber, A. (Eds.) (2015). The Political Ecology of Agrofuels. Routledge.

  • Dietz, K. & Engels, B. (Eds.) (2017). Contested Extractivsm, Society and the State: Struggles over Mining and Land. Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Dietz, K. (2018). Researching Inequalities from a Socio-ecological Perspective. In Jelin, E., Motta, R. & Costa, S. (Eds.), Global Entangled Inequalities (76–92). Routledge.
  • Dietz, K. & Engels, B. (2020).Analysing land conflicts in times of global crises. Geoforum, 111, 208–217.

  • Dietz, K. (2019). Contesting claims for democracy: The role of narratives in conflicts over resource extraction. The Extractive Industries and Society, 6(2),510–518.

  • Dietz, K. (2019). Direct democracy in mining conflicts in Latin America: mobilising against the La Colosa project in Colombia. Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d’études du développement, 40(2), 145–162.

  • Dietz, K. & Engels, B. (2018). Structural Transformation in the Countryside. Review of African Political Economy/ROAPE Online, May 2018. Online.

  • Dietz, K. & Emgels, B. (2017). Contested extractivism: actors and strategies in conflicts over mining. DIE ERDE,148 (2-3), 111–120.

  • Dietz, K. & Burchardt, H.-J. (2014). (Neo-)Extractivism: A New Challenge for Development Theory from Latin America. Third World Quarterly, 35(3), 468–486.

Research Projects

Conflicts over land in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa in times of global transformation,

together with Prof. Bettina Engels, Freie Universität Berlin. Duration: 2014-2019.

“Global change – local conflicts? Land conflicts in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa in the context of interdependent transformation processes” (GLOCON) is a Junior Research Group working on the correlation between global change and local conflicts over land. The research project explores how global spatial-temporal transformation processes affect local land conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Its focus lies furthermore on the analysis of systematic similarities and differences between those regions. GLOCON analyses and compares conflicts over land in a range of sub-Saharan and Latin American countries.


Between dead end and energy transition: A social-ecological multilevel analysis of transnational biofuel policies,

Freie Universität Berlin. Duration: 2009-2013.

What are the socioeconomic impacts of biofuel production? To what extent can these fuels be produced and used in a socially  and environmentally compatible way? Do they make an indispensable contribution to the energy transition or do they instead lead to a dead end? These questions are to be solved by Fair Fuels?, a junior research group funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).