M.A. Sarah Kirst

Freie Universität Berlin

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Institute for Latin American Studies

Predoctoral Researcher

Case study on conflicts over land in Ghana

Academic Career

  • 2015-present: Predoctoral Researcher in the Junior Research Group GLOCON: “Global change – local conflicts? Land conflicts in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa in the context of interdependent transformation processes”
  • 2013: Consultant for the sector project “rural development” of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • 2012-2014: Visiting lecturer for the International Undergraduate Study Programme, Philipps Universität Marburg
  • 2008-2012: M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps Universität Marburg. Subject of thesis: “Land conflicts in South-Western Burkina Faso. A case study of the villages Toumousséni and Sieniena”
  • 2010-2011: Freelance researcher at the project: “Local conflict dynamics: Environmental change, food crisis and violence in sub-Saharan Africa”, German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF), Otto Suhr Institute of Political and Social Sciences (Otto-Suhr-Institut), Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2005-2008: Bi-national B.A. in European Studies, Universität Paderborn and Université du Maine (Le Mans, France). Subject of thesis: Le conflit chypriote et le rôle de l’Union Européenne (The Cypriot conflict and the role of the European Union)

Research Interests

  • Political ecology
  • Conflicts over land and resources
  • Land grabbing and extensive land use change
  • Development Cooperation and conflicts
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Regional focus: West Africa

Publications

  • 2019: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Ed. with Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann and Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag.
  • 2019: Einleitung (with Louisa Prause, Anna Dobelmann and Jan Brunner), in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Eds. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst und Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 9-18.
  • 2019: Landrechte (with Louisa Prause), in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Eds. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst und Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 225-231.
  • 2019: Lokale Gemeinschaft (with Louisa Prause), in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Eds. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst und Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 239-244.
  • 2019: Traditionelle Autoritäten, in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Eds. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst und Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 296-302.
  • 2017: Same same but different…Challenges in the research on traditional authorities, in: Resources & Conflicts, Blog by the working group "Nature, Resources, Conflicts" of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK).
  • 2017: Buchrezension: Bettina Engels, Melanie Müller & Rainer Öhlschläger (Eds.): Globale Krisen - Lokale Konflikte? Soziale Bewegungen in Afrika, in: PERIPHERIE, Nr. 145, S. 125-126.
  • 2015: Beyond Scarcity. Conflicts over Land and Social Relations in Southwestern Burkina Faso (mit Bettina Engels), in: Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society
  • 2014: Land als knappe Ressource: Landkonflikte im Südwesten Burkina Fasos (mit Bettina Engels), in: Birgit Englert und Barbara Gärber (Eds.), Land grabbing. Landnahmen in historischer und globaler Perspektive. Wien: new academic press, S. 117-130.
  • 2012: Knappe Ressourcen und ihre soziale Vermittlung: Konflikte um Land im Südwesten Burkina Fasos. Research Report Peace and Conflict Studies No. 2. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, Research Unit Peace and Conflict Studies (mit Bettina Engels).
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