Dr. Johanna Schott

I studied Arabic, French, and Economics at the Hochschule Bremen where I earned a diploma with a thesis on Frauen in der Wirtschaft Marokkos in 1995. I studied Arabic in Damascus for one year and did a one year internship in the national press agency of Morocco before turning to the field of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. I took my Master’s degree in Tropical and International Agriculture iwith a thesis on Women’s Savings and Credit Co-operatives in Madagascar in 2001. The Master’s thesis is based on data I gained during a six months field research stay in Madagascar. For my dissertation in agricultural economics entitled Preferences for Rural Credit Systems in Georgia and their Impact on the Implementation of Credit Unions at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, I conducted a six months field research in rural Georgia. I received her doctoral degree in 2009.

With regard to my work experience, I was interpreter for asylum seekers in Oldenburg (1994-1997), have worked as management assistant in the export and packaging industry in Bremen (1997-1999), and as study advisor at the Faculty of Agriculture at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2002-2007). Since 2009, I work as academic coordinator at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg.

My research interests include: sustainable agriculture, nature conservation, rural cooperatives and women's studies in the Caucasus, in the Mdidle East and in North Africa.


Research Project
Socio-economic Tools for Integrated Conservation Planning in the Multi‑ethnic South Caucasus (2011-2014).


Other activities

  • Reviewer for the “Journal of Rural Cooperation” (published by The Hebrew University Jerusalem)

  • Founder member of the “International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture e.V.”, Göttingen