Jens Koning

Research Assistant

Jens Koning
Twitter: jens_koning

Research Interests

  • Environmental politics
  • Democratization
  • 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 ELITE-, NORM and ODAS projects led by Haakon Gjerløw, Ilaria Carozza and Sebastian Schutte. 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 forest cover loss when political competition increases.


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


English, Norwegian, Dutch and Chinese (intermediate).


The following publications are specific to the PRIO GPS Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications

PRIO Policy Brief

Gjerløw, Haakon; Jens Koning; Marte Nilsen & Gudrun Østby (2022) Returning to School or Dropping Out after the COVID-19 Closure? Survey Evidence from Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Bangladesh, PRIO Policy Brief, 19. Oslo: PRIO.

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