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Dr Judith Krauss



Judith Krauss is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, teaching on the BA in Global Development, and is part of York's Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC).

Her post-doctoral research at the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD, 2019-2022) entailed work on convivial conservation, ie promoting justice, (bio)diversity and coexistence in conservation, livelihoods and value chains in Mozambique during Covid, and decolonial and justice-focused analysis particularly of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is associate editor of the Journal of Political Ecology.

Judith’s prior PhD research (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, 2013-2016) focused on the intersection of ecological, socio-economic and commercial priorities in cocoa sustainability initiatives in Latin America, conceptualised through Global Production Networks.

She also helped build up the Brooks Doctoral College and worked as a lecturer in Environment, Climate Change and Development/Pedagogies of Development at GDI (2016-18).

Before her PhD, Judith worked in civil-society, public-sector and private-sector organisations in Europe and North Africa, including German development cooperation, World Bank, IIED and the German Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.



Judith's research interests focus on the environmental dimension and political ecology of nature-based value chains, decoloniality and justice in conservation, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
At the University of Sheffield (2019-22), Judith worked on the CONVIVA - convivial conservation research project with colleagues from the natural and social sciences at the University of Sao Paulo (BR), University of Helsinki (FI), Wageningen University (NL), University of Dodoma (TZ) and University of California at Santa Barbara (US) focusing on four apex predators: lions in Tanzania, wolves in Finland, jaguars in Brazil and bears in California. This has resulted in a collective special section in Conservation and Society and an interest in justice and decoloniality especially in the Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goal 15, life on land in Globalizationsconvivial conservation and decolonising in Journal of Political Ecology, a decolonial analysis of SDGs 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15 with Andrea Jimenez and Marina Requena in Sustainability Science). 
She was also part of the 'Livelihood impacts of coping with Covid in rural Mozambique' project with colleagues at the Universities of Edinburgh and Eduardo Mondlane and the Micaia Foundation, which traced how Covid exacerbated existing vulnerabilities and created new exposures (published in World Development). 
For her PhD, Judith investigated the environmental dimension of cocoa sustainability initiatives through a Global Production Networks lens, highlighting divergent stakeholder priorities across socio-economic, environmental and commercial dimensions (with Aarti Krishnan, Global Networks) and abiding power asymmetries in the cocoa sector (with Stephanie Barrientos, Geoforum).
Judith is passionate about public engagement, having worked on convivial conservationflying-lessvalue chains and cocoa sustainability, including through research storytelling.


Selected publications





  • Foundational Issues in Global Development
  • Advanced Issues and Skills in Global Development




Contact details

Dr Judith Krauss
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

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