dr. FM (Michiel) Köhne

dr. FM (Michiel) Köhne

Assistant Professor Anthropology of Law

Michiel Köhne is Assistant Professor in Anthropology of Law and Development and works at the Sociology of Development and Change group of Wageningen University.


My areas of expertise are: Anthropology of law, Land conflict, Resistance, Activism, Extraction, Oil Palm, Energy Practices, Certification. I have been working in: Bolivia, Indonesia, Australia and The Netherlands.



I work primarily on how local groups of inhabitants organize themselves through law or through activism when confronted with powerful social actors, such as companies and governments seeking access to their natural resources. I use ethnographic research with a focus on how activism or law are used in these negotiations. At present, I work on social mobilizations around shale gas in the Netherlands and Australia and around palm oil plantations in Indonesia. A new, quickly growing field of my research is how the energy transition towards renewable energy takes place in local practices and the role of normativities in those practices.


My formal education: LLM at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, 1993), PhD in law at Tilburg University (Tilburg 2000).