Doctoral Researcher

Marie Pratzer is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys, funded by the ERC project “SystemShift” at the Geography Institute of Humboldt University Berlin. After obtaining a B.Sc. in Geography and Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, she graduated in “Global Change Geography” (M.Sc.) from Humboldt-University. Accompanying to her studies, she worked in different research projects as a student collaborator, thematically ranging from the effectiveness of area-based conservation and human-carnivore co-existence to the application of satellite imagery to study ecological marginalization of forest-dependent people.

In her PhD project, she will contribute to a better understanding of how land use – as the key link between humans and the environment, and as a manifestation of society, culture, economy and politics – shapes challenges and opportunities to conservation in the world’s tropical dry forests. To study different phenomena of social-ecological complexity in land systems, her research relies on spatial data analysis and advanced statistical modelling equally as on literature synthesis and archetyping.

Research Interests

  • Land system science
  • Complexity of land-use actors, policies and dynamics
  • Co-production of knowledge and social order


Social-ecological complexity of land use in the world’s tropical dry forests: Understanding the roles of actors and policies for conservation (as part of SystemShift)

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