Tobias Hellmundt

Tobias Hellmundt is a PhD candidate at the Chair of International Economic Policy, supervised by Prof. Dr. Kis-Katos. His research focuses on understanding the drivers and consequences of land use changes, leveraging quasi-experimental methods, spatial data, remote sensing, and machine learning.

Tobias is part of the BMZ-DEval funded Rigorous Impact Evaluation "Ecological and socio-economic effects of the forest restoration program PLAE in Madagascar".
Previously, he was a doctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center 990, where he contributed to the project "Localized environmental and land use policies, palm oil conversion and deforestation" (C10).


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

Work in Progress

  • Land-use transformation and conflict: 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)
  • Classification of tree replanting success using very-high-resolution satellite imagery (with Fabian Wölk)

  • Selected Presentations

    • World Bank Land Conference (05/2024)
    • International Symposium 'Transformation of Tropical Rainforest', Yogyakarta, Indonesia (10/2023)
    • 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 Hamburg (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 (10/2021)
    • Ulvön Conference on Environmental Economics (08/2021)