Dr. Patrick Augenstein

Exploratory Focus

  • restoration ecology 
  • political ecology 
  • documentary film
  • repeat photography

Teaching Focus

  • environmental governance & political ecology
  • media production & media geographies


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Dr. Patrick Augenstein

AG Müller-Mahn & AG Hörschelmann


Geozentrum - Meckenheimer Allee 176

53115 Bonn

Curriculum Vitae

2021 - ongoing
Head of Geo-Medial Lab (Excellence Initiative funded) University of Bonn, Germany

Coordinator - TRA-6 Project - Contested futures under COVID-19 & drought, University of Bonn, Germany 

Visiting Scholar (DAAD funded) University of Victoria, Canada

2018 - 2022
Associated Scientist - CRC 228 Future Rural Africa, University of Bonn, Germany 

Co-Founder - Let's Plant gem.e.V., Bonn, Germany

Visiting Lecturer (DAAD funded / Master student course) - Kathmandu Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Visiting Lecturer (ReviTec funded / Master student course) - Ngaoundéré University, Cameroon

2015 - ongoing
Founder & CEO - Society for Environmental Education - International (SEE-Intl') / Gesellschaft für internationale Umweltbildung gem. e.V., Germany

2015 - 2017
Associated Scientist University of Bremen (artec), Germany

2014 - 2016
Head of Film Productions - Commonland Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013 - 2016
Doctoral Candidate (rer. pol.) University of Bremen, Germany
Reframing Restoration (summa cum laude)
Reviewers: 1. Prof. Dr. Michael Flitner, 2. Prof. Dr. Eric Higgs

2012 - ongoing
Senior consultant and film production advisor to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Secretariat (UNCCD), Bonn, Germany

2011 - 2013
First assistant to the IUCN ambassador for ecosystem restoration, John D. Liu, Beijing, China

2010 - 2012
Film production consultant to the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), Kigali, Rwanda

2009 - 2015
Research Director at the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), Beijing, China

Research Assistant at the Haller Foundation, Mombasa, Kenya

Graduation (State Examination) in Geography, Philosophy and English, University of Freiburg, Germany

Practical training at the public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Studio Oldenburg, Germany

Practical training at the public broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Baden-Baden, Germany

Awards & Nominations

When the skies ran dry (SEE-Intl') - nominated for Best Documentary Film, Cape Town International Film Market & Festival, South Africa

When the skies ran dry (SEE-Intl') - nominated for Best Documentary Film, Out of Africa International Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya  

When the skies ran dry (SEE-Intl') - nominated for Best Documentary Film, International Green Film Festival Krakau, Poland 

When the skies ran dry (SEE-Intl') - nominated for Best Documentary Film, American Association of Geographers, Washington D.C., United States

The re-discovery of humanity - ecosystem restoration and migration (EEMPA) - nominated for Best Documentary Film, Malta Film Festival, Malta

Society for Ecological Restoration Communication Award (EEMP) Washington D.C., United States

Hope in a Changing Climate (EEMP) - Best Documentary Film at Green Screen Festival Vancouver, Canada

Hope in a Changing Climate (EEMP) - Best Documentary Film in the category: Ecosystem at the International Wildlife Film Festival, Montana, USA


Augenstein, P. T., Lukas, M., Björklund, G., Eudoxie, G., Brüntrup, M., King-Okumu, C., Kust, G. (2022). The Blue Paper - Drought Risks, Resilience and Restoration. The Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought. Bonn, Germany, UNCCD. Publication available here

Tsegai, D., Medel, M., Augenstein, P. T., Huang, Z. (2022). Drought in numbers - Restoration for readiness and resilience. Bonn, Germany, UNCCD. Publication available here (English).

Augenstein, P. T. (2022). Reframing Ecosystem Restoration. Franz Steiner Publishing House (320 pages / in prep.).

Augenstein, P. T., Higgs, Eric S. (2022). Novel Ecosystem Restoration in Rwanda - lessons learned through repeat photography. (15 pages / in prep.).

Augenstein, P. T. (2020). Drought Risk Management - Practical Experiences from the German Development Cooperation. UNCCD Intergovernmental Working Group Report. Publication available here.  

Augenstein, P. T. (2017). Reframing Restoration - Rwanda re-photographed 100 years later or the reconstruction of landscape memory. Doctorial thesis (summa cum laude). University Library Bremen.

Augenstein, P. T. (2015). China - Restoring the Loess Plateau. In: A. Brasser et al. (Eds), 4 Returns from Landscape Restoration – A systemic and practical approach to restore degraded landscapes. Commonland Publication.

Augenstein, P. T. (2015). Rwanda - Restoring Wetlands and Hydropower. In: A. Brasser et al. (Eds), 4 Returns from Landscape Restoration – A systemic and practical approach to restore degraded landscapes. Commonland Publication.

Augenstein, P. T. (2012). Wagenburgwunsch wird Wirklichkeit. In M. Ziel, S. Oßwald, O. Hasemann & D. Schnier (Eds.), Second Hand Spaces – über das Recyceln von Orten im städtischen Wandel (pp.123-125). Bremen: Zwischenzeit Zentrale Bremen.
Publication available here

Augenstein, P. T. (2010). Die Goldenen Dörfer - Anders Leben. In: Polis - Das Magazin für Urban Development, 4, 62 - 65.

Augenstein, P. T. (2008). Wagenburgkultur in Deutschland – Mit einer Fallstudie zur Situation in Freiburg im Breisgau (Final examination paper / Grade: 1,3). Publication available here

Documentary Film Productions

Channel: (2008-2022 productions

Ecosystem Restoration in Ladakh & Assam (4K/work in prog.). Director, Producer & Writer. (RA, EFI).

Wald Anders Denken (4K/work in prog.). Director, Producer & Writer. (Wald u. Holz NRW).

Reforest' Action in Nigeria (4K/work in prog.). Director, Producer & Writer. (RA, EFI).

Global Rangeland Restoration (4K/work in prog.). Director, Producer & Writer. (ILRI, IUCN, VSF, WWF).

The Great Green Wall (4K/work in prog.). Executive Director & Producer.

Desertification and Drought Day Testimonials (4K/5 min.). Director & Producer. (UNCCD)  

Rethinking Rangeland (4K/25 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (ILRI, VSF).

Urban Forestry (4K/7min. x4). Director, Producer & Writer. (EFI).

Novel Grasslands (4K/7 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (WWF).

Act Now! Protect and restore threatened habitats. (4K/5 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (WWF).

The last trees of Ethiopia? (4K/25 min.). Director & Producer. (University Ghent, DIE).

Geographies of Media (4K/2+5+25 min.). Director & Producer. (University Bonn).

Geography of Environmental Risks & Human Security - Mozambique (4K/25+10min.) Director & Producer. (UNU).

International Year of Rangelands & Pastoralists (4K/2+5+10 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (VSF, ILRI). 

Human Geography Excursion (4K/10 min. x 5). Director & Producer. (University Bonn, DFG).

Forest Governance & Restoration (4K/15 min. x6). Director & Producer. (European Forest Institute).

Greening Africa (4K/50 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (SoLogical Foundation, Stichting Wees een Kans). 

Let's grow the future together (4K/7 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (UNCCD).

Climate Emergency & Restoration: time for action! (4K/14 min.). Director & Producer & Writer. (GIU).

The Global Landscape Forum in Bonn, New York, Accra & Luxembourg (4K/4x3 min.). Director & Producer. (GLF, GIU).

Novel Ecosystem & The Mountain Legacy Project (4K/10+8 min.). Director & Producer. (DFG, University Victoria).

The End of Famine (4K/35 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (DIE, UNCCD, WFP, University Ghent).

When the skies ran dry (4K/40 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (UNCCD, UNU)

Future-making Africa (4K/12 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (DFG, University Bonn).

Ecosystem-based adaptation in Mauritania & Nepal (4K/20 min.). Producer & Writer. (IEMP).

Seeing Change (4K/14 min.) Director, Producer & Writer. (SoLogical Foundation).

Greening Kilimanjaro (4K/5 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (Embassy of the Earth).

Ethio trees’ initiatives in Ethiopia (4K/7 min.) Director, Producer & Writer. (University Ghent, Ethio Trees).

Drought resilience - instant responses & long-term solutions (2K+HD/15 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (UNCCD, DIE).

Drought resilience - UNCCD COP Ordos China (2K+HD/5 min.) Director, Producer & Writer. (UNCCD, DIE).

The rituals of restoration (HD/12 min.). Director & Producer. (Stichting Wees een Kans).

Planting Prosperity - Greening Peru (HD/15 min.). Director & Producer (Pachamama Raymi Trust).

The re-discovery of humanity - ecosystem restoration and migration. (2K/28 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (UNCCD, World Bank, IUCN).

Forests for the Future - Ecosystem restoration in Ghana. (HD/25 min.). Director. (Form International).

Kofi Annan on Ecosystem Restoration (2K/8 min.). Director & Producer. (Kofi Annan Foundation).

The rules of degradation (HD/12 min.). Director, Producer & Writer. (SoLogical Foundation).

North Korea - The Paektu Volcano - (HD/uncut) Pre-Prod. Assessment. (Werner Herzog Productions).

Sunny Side of Doc in Chengdu - The Environmental Film in China (HD/15 min. x 4). Presenter. (Chengdu TV).

Ecosystem Restoration, Conservation and Religion: Healing the Earth and the Human Spirit (HD/ 16 min.). Executive Director. (CEM, IUCN).

Finding Common Ground in South Africa - Baviaanskloof Restoration. (HD/53 min.). Director. (Commonland Foundation).

The Promise of the Commons (HD/22 min.). Director & Producer. (Foundation for Ecological Security).

Underground Forests of West Africa (HD/12 min.). Executive Director. (UNCCD).

The Blue Gold of the Aztecs - Watershed restoration in Mexico (HD/14 min.) Executive Director & Director of Photography. (UNCCD).

Ecological Security in India - Reclaiming the Commons (HD/12 min.). Executive Director & Director of Photography. (UNCCD).

Food Security and Landscape Transformation in Ethiopia (HD/30 min.). Scientific Researcher & Editor. (DFID).

What If We Change - TV Series (HD/25 min. x12). Co-Producer. (Link TV, CCTV 9, Citizen TV).

What If We Change - A Documentary on Ecosystem Restoration (HD/50 min.). Co-Producer. (IUCN).

Threaten Species of China: The Oriental Stork (HD/4 min.). Associate Producer. (Tianjin TV).

Perennial Paradise - Permaculture in Australia (HD/30 min.). Editor. (PIA).

Andrew’s Experimental Research Forest, Oregon (HD/uncut). Director of Photography. (IUCN, USFS).

Combating Soil degradation in Turkey: The history of TEMA (HD/12 min.). Scientific Researcher & Editor. (UNCCD).

Eco-School Concept in Uganda (HD/15 min.). Director, Producer & Camera. (UNCCD).

Jane Goodall - Restoring Earth (HD/8 min.). Editor. (JG-Institute).

Rio+20 - Choosing the Path to Sustainability (HD/15 min.). Scientific Researcher & Director of Photography. (REMA, UNEP).

Rwanda - Emerging in a Changing Climate (HD/30 min.). Scientific Researcher & Director of Photography. (CDKN, REMA).

The Costs of Industrialization: Public Health and Cancer (HD/10 min. x3). Associate Producer. (Tangshan TV).

Miyun - Watershed restoration for China’s capital (HD/15 min.). Produced, written & directed. (IUCN China).

Forests keep Drylands Working (HD/25 min.) Scientific Researcher &  Editor. (UNCCD).

Rwanda - Forests of Hope (HD/30 min.). Assistant Editor. (REMA, UNEP).

In Search of Sustainability – Restoring India’s Garo Hills (HD/10 min.). Filmed, written & directed. (IUCN).

Green Call for Mongolia (HD/30 min.). Editor. (World Bank).

Rwanda – Back to the Garden (HD/30 min.). Scientific Researcher & Camera. (REMA, UNEP).

Green Call for China - Concerto (HD/30 min.). Assistant Editor. (World Bank).

Forest Restoration in Nepal (HD/9 min.). Produced, written & directed. (EEMP).

Four Stories on Ecosystem Restoration in Taiwan (HD/13 min.). Produced, written & directed. (EEMP).

Hope in a Changing Climate (HD/30 min.). Assistant to the Director & Scientific Researcher. (BBC).

The Next Steppe – Energy Efficiency in Mongolia (HD/30 min.). Sound Engineer. (World Bank).

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report (HD/9 min.). Research Assistant. (UNEP).

Reshaping Economic Geography (HD/30 min.). Audio Assistant. (World Bank).

Regional news reporting (HD/2 min. x8). Location Assistant. (NDR).

Kensho - Japanische Freiheit (SD/8 min.). Associate Producer. (Experimental).

Tatort - Flashback (32 mm/90 min.). Set Assistant. (SWR).

A Hard Day’s Night (SD/35 min.). Produced, written & directed. (Experimental).

Morning Glory (8 mm/16 min.). Produced, written &  directed. (Experimental).

Selected Public Speakings

Global Landscape Forum Live - Rangeland Event, Germany (event video)

UNCCD - Desertification and Drought Day 2020, Germany (event video)

German Development Institute - Drought Event, Germany (event video)

UNFCC COP Madrid - Action Hub, Spain (event video)

University of Victoria - Mountain Legacy Summit, Canada

UNCCD COP Ordos - Land for Life Day, China

Critical Geography Bremen - Conference, Germany

Geographical Society Bremen - Event, Germany

University of Wageningen - Summer School on Ecosystem Restoration, The Netherlands

Society for Ecological Restoration - Conference, Manchester, Great Britain

Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Initiative of Change, Caux, Switzerland

City Council, Kigali, Rwanda

Nil Forum, Kigali, Rwanda

Center for Conflict Management, Huye, Rwanda

Water Forum, Hong Kong, China

International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Beijing, China

International Science & Technology Book Fair, Pyongyang, North Korea

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