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Bettina Joa

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Former PhD student



Mail: bettina.joa[at]



Curriculum vitae




Curriculum vitae

Work Experience

  •  Since 2019: Researcher at the European Forest Institute, Bonn Office Project: Integrated Forest Management Learning Architecture (INFORMAR)
  • 2015 – 2016: Research Assistant at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg

Project: ‘Renewable Desalination for Small Island States’

  • 2014: Research Assistant at the Department of Physical Geography, University of Freiburg

Project: ‘Livelihoods, Urbanization and Natural Resources in Africa’

  • 2010 – 2013: Research Associate at the Institute for Industrial Ecology, Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences

Projects: ‘Product Carbon Footprint for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises’, ‘Water use in global supply chains and considering regional risks’


  • Since 2016: PhD at the University of Freiburg on Local ecological knowledge and biodiversity conservation practices
  • 2013-2016: M.Sc. Geography of Global Change, Freiburg University

Thesis: ‘Renewable Desalination - A viable approach to address drinking water scarcity in Kiribati?’

  • 2005-2010: Dipl.–Ing. (FH) Environmental Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf

Thesis: ‘Sustainable Development through Renewable Energies. A Case Study on Micro-Hydropower in Western Cameroon’


Local biodiversity knowledge and forest conservation practices



Joa, B., Schraml, U. (2020): Conservation practiced by private forest owners in Southwest Germany - The role of values, perceptions and local forest knowledge. Forest Policy and Economics 115.

Joa, B., Schraml, U. (2019): Die Bedeutung lokalen ökologischen Wissens für den Erhalt der Waldbiodiversität. In: Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt XVII - Interdisziplinärer Forschungsaustausch im Rahmen des Übereinkommens über die biologische Vielfalt. BfN-Skripten 527. Bundesamt für Naturschutz. Herausgeber: Horst Korn and Harald Dünnfelder.

Frey, J., Joa, B., Schraml, U., Koch, B. (2019): Same Viewpoint Different Perspectives — A Comparison of Expert Ratings with a TLS Derived Forest Stand Structural Complexity Index. Remote Sensing 11(9): 1137.

Joa, B., Winkel, G., Primmer, E. (2018): The unknown known – A review of local ecological knowledge in relation to forest biodiversity conservation. Land Use Policy 79: 520–530. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.09.001

Cichorowski, G., Joa, B., Hottenroth, H., Schmidt, M. (2015): Scenario analysis of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of Darjeeling tea. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. DOI: 10.1007/s11367-014-0840-0

Joa, B.; Hottenroth, H.; Jungmichel, N.; Schmidt, M. (2014): Introduction of a feasible performance indicator for corporate water accounting - A case study on the Cotton Textile Chain. Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.06.075

Hottenroth, H.; Joa, B.; Schmidt, M. (2014): Carbon Footprints für Produkte - Handbuch für die betriebliche Praxis kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen. MV-Verlag, Münster

Joa, B.; Hottenroth, H. (2012): Regionalized Cumulative Water Intenstity. A Practical Approach to Corporate Water Accounting. 10th International Conference on EcoBalance – Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Society, Yokohama, Japan, 20 - 23th Nov. 2012

Contributions to conferences and workshops

Frey, J., Joa, B., Koch, B. (2018): Strukturreichtum messen und bewerten: Terrestrische Laserscans versus ForstexpertInnen. Forstwissenschaftliche Tagung 2018, Göttingen 24.09.2018.

Joa, B., Mikoleit, R., Cosyns, H., Schulz, T. (2018): Den ökologischen und ökonomischen Wert von Bäumen diskutieren: Zielkonflikte einer integrativen Forstwirtschaft. Forstwissenschaftliche Tagung 2018, Göttingen 26.09.2018.

Joa, B., Schraml, U. (2018): Linkages between Forest Knowledge, Conservation Perceptions and Practices in Private Forestry. IUFRO 3.08.00 Small-scale Forestry Conference 2018 - Transformations towards a new era in small-scale forestry, Vaasa, Finland, 11.06.2018

Joa, B. (2017): Local ecological knowledge (LEK) of forest practitioners and its relevance for biodiversity conservation - a literature review. 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress 2017 – Interconnecting Forests, Science and People, Freiburg, Germany, 18.09.2017

Hottenroth, H.; Joa, B. (2013): Unterstützung für KMU: Vorstellung eines Praxis-Handbuchs zur Erhebung eines PCF, Forschungsverbund PCF-KMU, Ergebnis-Workshop 2013, Hochschule Darmstadt, 27.09.2013


Joa, B. (2012): A low-effort approach to determine water use from cradle-to-grave. 50th LCA Discussion Forum, Water in LCA: Which assessment techniques are emerging or ready? Including lots of challenging aspects, Zürich, Schweiz, 03.12.2012

Joa, B. (2012): Regionalized Cumulative Water Intensity. A Practical Approach to Corporate Water Accounting. 10th International Conference on EcoBalance - Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Society, Yokohama, Japan, 20.11.2012