Elías Cisneros is a Marie-Curie fellow at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Göttingen and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. His areas of research are the political economy of environmental degradation, development economics, and health economics. In particular, he combines spatial data on biophysical conditions with exogenous economic and political shocks to investigate human behavior and the transformation of landscapes.

In 2018 he joined EFForTS to study the political incentives of local administrations on forest conversion and palm oil expansion in Indonesia. Results showed increased deforestation rates in the year before district elections and when global world market prices are high. Both factors reinforce each other, consequently driving forest losses, especially in areas where palm oil plantations and land-use certifications are being established.

Since 2021, he is an associated researcher with EFForTS studying the deforestation dynamics after the unprecedented shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. From a global analysis to a local analysis, he explores the effects of the pandemic’s political, economic, and health shocks on deforestation. At the subnational level he investigates how Indonesia’s labor market structure shapes the COVID-19 impacts on deforestation and land-use change.

For more information about Elías please visit his personal homepage.

For more information about his Marie-Curie project: “From human to planetary health: The global land-use impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic” please visit the project homepage.

Related publications
  • Cisneros E, Kis-Katosa K, Nuryartono N (2021) Palm oil and the politics of deforestation in Indonesia. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 108: 102453 doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2021.102453