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.

URGENT: Sign the Biofuels letter to the Dutch Cabinet!

Dutch Scientists have written a letter that pursues a stop to the use of biofuels from food crops as car fuel. Please read the letter (in Dutch, but with English version at the end) and send me a message (brandstofbrief@gmail.com) if you like to sign it as well. I will make sure that your name get on the list.

177 signatures already!!


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).