Jens Koning left PRIO in 2024. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Jens Koning

Jens Koning

Interests and experience

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Environmental degradation and inequality
  • Corruption, trust and impartiality
  • Democratization
  • Predictive modeling

Jens is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on understanding how quality of government and informal institutions can affect climate- and environmental outcomes in developing countries using machine learning methods and spatio-temporal data.

At PRIO, Jens worked as a research assistant on a variety of projects, including the ELITE-, NORM-, ODAS- and LEGACY projects led by Haakon Gjerløw, Ilaria Carozza, Sebastian Schutte and Cyanne Loyle.

Prior to his role at PRIO, Jens attended the UiO-PRIO student program. His thesis project, Nature as Patronage? Exploring The Effects of Democratization and Support Coalition Identity on Forest Loss, tested whether variation in the identity of incumbent regimes' political supporters (urban or rural) can affect deforestation rates when political competition increases.

Work experience:

2024 – 2028 Doctoral Researcher, University of Oslo

2022 – 2024 Research Assistant I, PRIO

2021 – 2022 Research Assistant II, University of Oslo (ELDAR)

2021 - 2022 Teaching Assistant, University of Oslo (STV 2250)

2019 – 2020 Trainee, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shanghai


2020 – 2022 MSc. in Political Science, University of Oslo

2020 – 2020 Chinese Language Program, National Taiwan University

2016 – 2019 BA. in International Studies, University of Oslo


English, Chinese, Norwegian, Dutch, German

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