Hi there! I am Jude Kimengsi from Cameroon and joined this November the Tropical Forestry team at TU Dresden as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
I hold a PhD in Development Geography with a focus on natural resources and development. I have cross-cutting research interests on institutional aspects in livelihoods and forest conservation, comparing co-management experiences and improvement strategies (country and regional cases), and agroforestry practices.
I will be joining the institute to undertake research and other assignments for the next 2 years. Within this period, I plan to undertake collaborative research and to share my experiences and learn from the entire team. As one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence, the programmes at the Tropical Forestry Institute of TU Dresden fit within my current research and future career opportunities. I was therefore motivated within that framework to choose TU Dresden.
Prior to my joining TU Dresden, I served as lecturer and researcher at the Catholic University of Cameroon, and as a conservation consultant with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Environmental Governance Institute (EGI) and Community Action for Development (CAD). Since 2016, I have been serving as a member of the University of Cologne/DIES/DAAD Research Grant Proposal Training team.
I found it easy to relocate here to Dresden especially as I met very helpful and supportive colleagues! My impression is highly positive thus far. I still miss my numerous friends back home and our Cameroonian dishes. But I am poised to enjoy the German menu and to make new friends!
By Jude Kimengsi