Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Agricultural Economics

Dr. rer. agr. Claudia Coral


Photo: Oliver Krebeck

Guest Researcher

Room 1136






Short Bio

  • 2020–Present  Scientific Consultant – Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg Working Group: Sustainable Land Use in Developing Countries
  • 2018–Present  Researcher – The IRI THESys Postdoc and Young Researchers Network, Focus: „Bridging scales in interdisciplinary human-environment research“
  • 2017  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) und Eschborn (Germany), Focus: Research on land-use and planning, organization of the  “Regional Water Stewardship Learning Event", support project funding proposal, conception of a second program phase
  • 2014–2019  Doctor in Agricultural Sciences (Dr. rer. agr.), Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Focus: Land use change processes
  • 2014–2019  Doctoral Certificate Program in Agricultural Economics, Structured training of doctoral students in the field of agricultural and food economics
  • 2014–2018  Researcher – Ecuadorian National Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT)
  • 2013-2014  Research Project: "Sustainable Land Management in Madagascar" (SULAMA 2011-2016). Financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
  • 2012–2014  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Integrated Natural Resource Management, Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Master Thesis: “Integration of smallholder farmers into agribusiness value chains under restrictive markets: The case of the Littoral-Mahafaly plateau transect in south-western Madagascar.”


Research Interests

  • Sustainable land use in developing countries, land governance
  • Food Systems, global value chains
  • Systems thinking in practice and research
  • Science and technology studies


Country Expertise

  • South America, Ecuador, Madagascar, Tansania


Selected Publications

  • Coral, C., Bokelmann, W., Bonatti, M., Cárcamo, R. & Sieber, S. (2021). Understanding institutional change mechanisms for land use: Lessons from Ecuador's history. Land Use Policy, 108. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105530
  • Palacios Bucheli, V. J., Cárcamo Mallen, R., Álvarez Macias, A., Coral, C. & Bokelmann, W. (2021). Indigenous Family Labor in Agroforestry Systems in the Context of Global Transformations: The Case of the Inga and Camentsá Communities in Putumayo, Colombia. Forests, 12 (11). doi: 10.3390/f12111503
  • Coral, C., Bokelmann, W., Bonatti, M., Carcamo, R., & Sieber, S. (2020). Agency and structure: A grounded theory approach to explain land-use change in the Mindo and western foothills of Pichincha, Ecuador. Journal of Land Use Science, 15(4), 547-569. doi:10.1080/1747423X.2020.1811791
  • Coral, C. (2018). Analytical Framework for a Systemic Analysis of Drivers and Dynamics of Historical Land-Use Changes: A Shift Toward Systems Thinking. In J. McIntyre-Mills, N. Romm, & Y. Corcoran-Nantes (Eds.), Balancing Individualism and Collectivism. Cham: Springer.
  • Hänke, H., Barkmann, J., Coral, C., Enfors Kaustky, E., & Marggraf, R. (2017). Social-ecological traps hinder rural development in southwestern Madagascar. Ecology and Society, 22(1). doi:10.5751/ES-09130-220142
  • Coral, C., & Bokelmann, W. (2017). The Role of Analytical Frameworks for Systemic Research Design, Explained in the Analysis of Drivers and Dynamics of Historic Land-Use Changes. Systems, 5(1), 20. doi:10.3390/systems5010020