Jens Koning

Research Assistant

Email: jenkon@prio.org

Twitter: jens_koning

Website: jenskoning.com/

Research Interests

  • Democratization
  • Autocratic politics
  • Environment and conflict
  • Environmental degradation and inequality
  • Collective action, protest and climate change
  • China and Southeast Asia
  • Quantitative methods (using R/Python)

Jens is a research assistant on the EducAid- and NORM projects led by Gudrun Østby and Ilaria Carozza. He is perticularly interested in how political institutions affect environmental outcomes in developing countries, and has a regional interest in China and Southeast Asia.

Previously, Jens attended the UiO-PRIO Student Program. Using quantitative methods and geospatial data, his thesis project "Nature as Patronage? Exploring The Effects of Democratization and Support Coalition Identity on Forest Loss" explored whether variation in the identity of incumbent regimes' political supporters can affect post-democratization forest loss in young democracies.


Education:

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 and Fudan University

2014 – 2015    One-year-program in Psychology, The Arctic University of Norway

Work experience:

2022 –            Research Assistant, PRIO

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

2021               Teaching Assistant, University of Oslo (STV 2250)

2019 – 2020    Intern, Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai

2018 – 2019    Communications Assistant, Statnett SF

Languages:

English, Norwegian, Dutch and Chinese (intermediate).


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