Tobias Hellmundt

Tobias Hellmundt is a PhD candidate at the Chair of International Economic Policy under supervision of Prof. Dr. Kis-Katos. He is a doctoral researcher at the Collaboroative Research Center 990: C10 - Localized environmental and land use policies, palm oil conversion and deforestation and part of the BMZ-DEval funded Rigorous Impact Evaluation "Ecological and socio-economic effects of the forest restoration program PLAE in Madagascar" .

Tobias specializes in development economics, environmental economics, and political economy, with a primary focus on using spatial data, remote sensing, and machine learning. His research centers on the drivers and consequences of land use changes, along with broader topics in political economy, environmental economics, and development economics. He also explores applications of remote sensing, machine learning, and geocoded data.


  • B.Sc. in Economics, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Heidelberg University, Germany

Work in Progress

  • Conflicts of rural transformation:The effects of oil palm expansion in Indonesia (with Elías Cisneros and Krisztina Kis-Katos)
  • Ecological and socioeconomic effects of the forest restoration program PLAE in Madagascar (with Krisztina Kis-Katos, Zaneta Kubik and Johannes Pirker)
  • Oil palm expansion and the economics of forest fragmentation (with Elías Cisneros and Krisztina Kis-Katos)

  • Selected Presentations

    • Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD) at Columbia University (03/2023)
    • 6th International Conference on the Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship (PEDD) Münster (02/2023)
    • LEADS Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (11/2022)
    • EEA-ESEM Congress Milano (08/2022)
    • TVSEP Conference Göttingen (05/2022)
    • 2022 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society (04/2022)
    • 17th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) (10/2021)
    • Ulvön Conference on Environmental Economics (08/2021)