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M.A. Jana Rülke

Institut für Geographie
Universität Osnabrück
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Jana Rülke

Research Associate

Member of the working group Human Geography with focus on Economic Geography

Research Interests: Rural development, globalization research, global production networks, agri-food networks, human-environment relations

Spatial focus: Sub-Saharan Africa, Costa Rica, Germany

Jana Rülke has been working as a research assistant in the research group Human Geography with a focus on Economic Geography. She is working in the DBU-funded research project " Value Chains and Consumer Decisions – Remote Effects of Governance and Product Biographies Using Cocoa as an Example". Her dissertation project focuses on the production conditions of cocoa in Ghana as well as the effects of different governance structures considering social, ecological and economic aspects.

She completed her bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences with a focus on agroecology at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. After longer stays abroad in different Sub-Saharan countries, she studied in the Master's program Geographies of Rural Areas - Change through Globalization at the University of Vechta. For her Master's thesis, she successfully applied to participate in the international and interdisciplinary DAAD-funded project "Reconciling human livelihood needs and nature conservation" in Kenya. In her master's thesis "An Anthropogeographical Perspective on Human-Environment Relationships. Empirical Research on Human Needs and Nature Conservation in the Kenyan Biodiversity Hotspot Taita Hills Cloud Forest (THCF)" she addressed the challenge of assigning the personal positioning of local rural people, taking into account their individual challenges, to an anthropo- or ecocentric perspective. During her master studies Jana Rülke was supported by the Deutschlandstipendium of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.



Rülke, J.: Rieckmann, M.; Nzau, J. M.; Teucher, M. (2020). How Ecocentrism and Anthropocentrism Influence Human–Environment Relationships in a Kenyan Biodiversity Hotspot. Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 8213;


Value Chains and Consumer Decisions – Remote Effects of Governance and Product Biographies Using Cocoa as an Example (CoVaCoa)
Funding: The German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)
Duration: Aug. 2020 - Jul. 2023
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Transformative research and capacity building to protect livelihoods and biodiversity in Costa Rica (LiveDiverseCR)
Funding: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Duration: Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024
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