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Elías Cisneros

Elías Cisneros

Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Sustainability

Elías Cisneros is an environmental economist studying the causes and consequences of land-use change, deforestation, and conflict. He combines remotely sensed data with market and political shocks to investigate human behavior and the transformation of landscapes.


Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Agricultural Economics
University of Bonn - 2017
M.S. - Economics
University of Freiburg - 2011

Research Areas

Environmental Economics and Policy; Agricultural Economics; Development Economics; Conflict Economics 


Beyond Deforestation Reductions: Public Disclosure, Land-Use Change and Commodity Sourcing 2024 - Journal Article
Cash Transfers and Violent Crime in Indonesia 2023 - Working Paper
Mapping ex ante risks of COVID‐19 in Indonesia using a Bayesian geostatistical model on airport network data 2022 - Journal Article
Impacts of conservation incentives in protected areas: The case of Bolsa Floresta, Brazil 2022 - Journal Article
Palm oil and the politics of deforestation in Indonesia 2021 - Journal Article
Evaluating REDD+ at subnational level: Amazon fund impacts in Alta Floresta, Brazil 2020 - Journal Article
Palm Oil and the politics of deforestation in Indonesia 2020 - Working Paper
Selection biases and spillovers from collective conservation incentives in the Peruvian Amazon 2019 - Journal Article


Friends of ZEF Prize for the best dissertation at ZEF of the years 2014–2017 - Friends of ZEF [2018]
T.W. Schultz Award for Best Oral Contributed Paper - Agricultural & Applied Economics Association [2015]
BMZ/GIZ Public Policy Award - BMZ and GIZ [2013]


Postdoctoral researcher
University of Göttingen [2018–2023]
University of Göttingen, Department of Economics Postdoctoral researcher, 2018 – 2023
Research Associate
University of Bonn [2015–2017]
Institute for Food and Resource Economics


From human to planetary health: Global land-use impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
2021/10–2023/10 Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship: “From human to planetary health: Global land-use impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic”, 2021–2024.


Research Affiliate
Research Affiliate, Department of Geography & the Environment, University of Texas at Austin
Research Affiliate
Research Affiliate, Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia), University of Göttingen


Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
264,669.12 Euro - European Commission [2022/10–2023/07]
Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, MSCA-IF-GF, No. 101031461, 2021