Michiel Köhne is Assistant Professor in Anthropology of Law and Development and works at the Sociology of Development and Change group of Wageningen University.
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My areas of expertise are: Land conflict, Resistance, Extraction, Oil Palm, Energy Practices, Certification, Anthropology of law. I have been working in: Bolivia, Indonesia, Australia and The Netherlands.
I work primarily on how local groups of inhabitants organize themselves 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 law is used and produced 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.
My formal education: LLM at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, 1993), PhD in law at Tilburg University (Tilburg 2000).