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Curriculum vitae

Markus Kröger

Associate Professor, Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Academy Research Fellow

Education information

Title of Docent in Development Studies 2014, University of Helsinki

D.Soc.Sc. Political Science/World Politics 2010, University of Helsinki

MA Latin American Studies/Intercultural Encounters 2005, University of Helsinki

BBA International Business 2002, Helsinki School of Economics

Research interests

  • Brazilian studies
  • Global natural resource politics
  • Tree plantation expansion
  • Forestry (particularly pulp and paper) and mining (particularly iron ore) investment and conflicts
  • Social movement strategies and economic outcomes
  • Political economy, development and globalization in Latin America, India and the Arctic
  • Critical agrarian studies
  • Future of forestry, forest policy, and deforestation
  • Global land rush in the Tropics and the Arctic
  • Methodology of comparative politics and world politics, especially QCA and multi-sited political ethnography

Description of research and teaching

A lecturer in several fields since 2006, designing and teaching several new courses on all levels of teaching (bachelor, master, doctoral), as well as designing and scoring literature exams. I have also supervised several PhD and Master and Bachelor theses in varied fields, and graded several theses. I have been active in teaching in the following fields: Latin American Studies, Political Science, Development Studies, Bioethics, Intercultural Encounters, Forestry, and general Social Sciences and Environmental and Agricultural Sciences.

Examples of courses given: Development Studies and Social Science PhD seminars on Environmental Politics and Economics; Political Science BA-level methodology course on Qualitative Comparative Analysis; MA-level lecture-course on Power Relations in Brazil. Several courses in Development Studies: e.g. Theories of Development, Gender and Development, Master thesis seminars, My Methodological Paths, Political Ecology and Resource Politics, Environment and Politics, Contemporary Societies Seminar, and others.


  • 5203 Development Studies
  • 517 Political science

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2001 2019

The Global Land Rush and the Arctic

Kröger, A. M., 28 Jun 2018, The GlobalArctic Handbook. Finger, M. & Heininen, L. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing , p. 27-43 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Contentious Agency and Natural Resource Politics

Kröger, M., 5 Sep 2013, Abingdon: Routledge. 174 p. (Rethinking globalizations; vol. 47)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Birthing extractivism: The role of the state in forestry politics and development in Uruguay

Ehrström-Fuentes, M. & Kröger, A. M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Rural Studies. 57, p. 197–208 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


The political economy of ‘flex trees’: a preliminary analysis

Kröger, A. M., Jul 2016, In : Journal of Peasant Studies. 43, 4, p. 886-909 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2011 2023

Activities 2006 2019

Nidia Gonzalez

Markus Kröger (Host)
20 May 201925 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Sustainability Science Days 2019

Markus Kröger (Speaker: Presenter)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Edward Elgar (Publisher)

Markus Kröger (Reviewer)
29 May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Forest Policy and Economics (Journal)

Markus Kröger (Reviewer)
Feb 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts


Markus Kröger (Visiting researcher)
18 Feb 201922 Feb 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution