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Robert John

E-Mail: robert.john[at]
Telefon: ++49(0)761 203-3570
Raum: 02021
Sprechstunde: im Semester n.V.,
in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit n.V.


Forschungsthemen und Projekte – Research topics and projects

  • Political Ecology
  • Resource geographies
  • Geographies of Marketization
  • Sand mining (Details zum Projekt)
  • Regional focus: Southeast - and South Asia

Schwerpunkte der Lehre – Lecturing and teaching activities

  • Seminar: Development Cooperation: A critical Reflection of Theories and Practices


  • Member of the “Sandscapes Collective” (since 10.2018)

Scholarships and awards

  • Research-scholarship, granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (04.2018 – 10.2018)
  • PhD-scholarship, granted by the Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg (10.2017 – 10.2018)


  • since 11/2018
   Research associate and lecturer at the Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography at the University of Freiburg
  • since 4/2016
   Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, with the topic "Marketization of sand in Cambodia: global networks, conflicts and materialities"
  • 03/2015 – 05/2015
   research stay at the IIT Madras, Chennai, India
  • 11/2014 – 12/2015
   research assistant in the international project "Smart Eco Cities: A comparative analysis of European and Chinese cases"
  • 2013 – 2015 "Environmental Governance" at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
  • 2010 – 2011
   co-initiation, conception and organization of two study excursions to Kenya (Socioeconomic, Environmental Change and Development in Kenya) and China (Business Ethics Issues in a Transitional Economy: China`s Particular Path)
  • 2009 – 2013
   B.A. in "Philosophy and Economics" at the University of Bayreuth