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Welter, M.Sc. Zabrina

zabrina.welter [at]
+49 (0)173 – 3531075
Areas of research:
Natural resource governance shifts, resource control, power struggles, post-conflict societies, environmental peacebuilding
Regional focus:
Latin America (esp. Columbia)
since 2020
PhD at the Chair of Sustainability Governance at University of Freiburg (provisional title: "Territorialisation Dynamics in Post-Conflict Extractive Resources Governance: Analysing Formalisation Processes of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Zones in Colombia”)
MSc Environmental Governance at University of Freiburg
BA Political Science and International Relations at Javeriana University Bogota, Colombia
Professional experience:
Research Fellow with the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate at University Koblenz-Landau
Student Assistant & Research Fellow with the Chair of Sustainability Governance at University of Freiburg
Project Assistant & Assistant the Executive Secretary of Convenio Andrés Bello Internationale Organisation in Bogota, Colombia
Ph.D. Thesis
Funding institution:
PhD Scholarship of Heinrich Böll Foundation


Selected Publications

Ankenbrand, Ch., Welter, Z. & Engwicht, N. (2020, forthcoming) „ASM Formalization: An Environmental Peacebuilding Tool?”. Special Issue: Environmental Peacebuilding. International Affairs. 

Welter, Z. & Wissmann, S. (2019) “Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict-Beyond the ILC. A workshop report”. Humanitäres Völkerrecht 2(1-2):111-4. Published at: https://elibrary.bwv- 

Welter, Z & Jalonen, Riina (2019) “Forest Biodiversity Monitoring: Guide to community-based approaches”. Rome: Bioversity International. Published at:

Welter, Z. (2018) “The Implementation of Peace Agreements: The Arena for Renewed Power Struggles? A critical perspective on the implementation of land redistribution provisions in South Africa and Guatemala” (Unpublished work). Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg.