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Dr. Konrad Hentze

Research Associate

Room 342
Meckenheimer Allee 166
53115 Bonn

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Phone: (+49)228/73-7383

Research Interests

  • Land tenure and management
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Land-Use and Land-Cover Change (LUCC)
  • Conservation and Conflicts
  • Food-Water-Energy-Nexus
  • Southern Africa & the Global South


Current Project

DeMo Wetlands

(Copernicus-based Detection and Monitoring of Tropical Wetlands):




  • 2017: PhD thesis: "Suitability Analysis of Remote Sensing Methods to Map Agricultural Land Use Change after Zimbabwe’s ‘Fast Track Land Reform Programme'"
  • 2012-2016: PhD Student at RSRG, funded by the Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • 2011: Diplom thesis: "The importance of land use strategies within Community Based Natural Resource Management - a socio-ecological analysis in the Kavango Region, Namibia"
  • 2009-2011: Studies of Geography, Anthropology and Soil Sciences, University of Bonn and University of Cologne
  • 2008: Additional Minor Subject "Agriculture of Tropics and Subtropics", University of Hohenheim
  • 2007-2008: Studies of Geography, Anthropology and Resource Management, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2004-2007: Studies of Geography, Anthropology and Soil Sciences; University of Tübingen and University of Hohenheim 


Professional Experience

  • since 2017: PostDoc and Project Coordinator
  • since 2011: GIS specialist at the Land Portal and a green investment company
  • 2011: Scientific assistant at the University of Bonn (Prof. Dr. Menz)
  • 2001, 2009: Consultant for Relief Mapping
  • Student assistant at the Universities of Tübingen (2005-2007, Prof. Dr. Hochschild), Durban (2008, Dr. Brooks) and Bonn (2010-2011, Prof. Dr. Menz)
  • Internships at: DED Lesotho (2005), DED Namibia (2007,2009), CartONG (2008), WFP (2009), City of Bonn (2009), DED Germany (2009), GIZ Vietnam (2011)
  • 2005-2009: Tour Guide in Southern Africa



  • Vegetation geography (SoSe 2021)
  • Introduction to time series analysis in remote sensing (WiSe 2020)
  • Räumliche Methoden in der Humangeographie (SoSe 2020, WiSe 2020, SoSe 2021)
  • Methods for sustainable land management (WiSe 2019)
  • Student excursion to Namibia, preparatory seminar (2011, 2016, 2019)



  • University of Bonn: Argelander Grant (10,000 €) for a project proposal on remote sensing of land tenure
  • The Land Portal: 1st price of data visualization contest
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation: Full PhD scholarship and field trips to Zimbabwe
  • DAAD: Scholarship for field trip, Diploma thesis
  • DAAD: Full 1 year scholarship for studies in South Africa


Reviewing Activities

Academic Editor




  • European Journal of Remote Sensing
  • Journal of Mountain Science
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Land




  • (Forthc.) Steinbach, S., Cornish, N., Franke, J., Hentze, K., Strauch, A., Thonfeld, F., Zwart, S., and Nelson, A.: A new conceptual framework for integrating earth observation in large-scale wetland management in East-Africa. In: Wetlands, Springer.
  • (Forthc.) Strauch, A., Bunting, P., Campbell, J., Cornish, N., Eberle, J., Fatoyinbo, T., Franke, J., Hentze, K., Lagomasino, D., Lucas, R., Paganini, M., Rebelo, L., Riffler, M., Rosenqvist, A., Steinbach, S., Thonfeld, F., and Tottrup, C. : The fate of wetlands – Can the view from space help us to stop and reverse their global decline? In: AGU Monography: Earth Observation Applications and Global Policy Frameworks. Wiley&Sons.
  • Thonfeld, F., Steinbach, S., Muro, J., Hentze, K., Games, I., Näschen, K., Kauzeni, P.F. (2020): The impact of anthropogenic land use change on the protected areas of the Kilombero catchment, Tanzania. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 168, 41-55.
  • Hentze, K., Thonfeld, F. & G. Menz (2017): Beyond trend analysis: How a modified breakpoint analysis enhances knowledge of agricultural production after Zimbabwe’s fast track land reform. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 62, 78–87. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2017.05.007.
  • Hentze, K., F. Thonfeld & G. Menz (2016): Evaluating Crop Area Mapping from MODIS Time-Series as an Assessment Tool for Zimbabwe’s “Fast Track Land Reform Programme”. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0156630. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156630.
  • Hentze, K. & G. Menz (2015): “Bring Back the Land”—A Call to Refocus on the Spatial Dimension of Zimbabwe’s Land Reform. Land 4(2), 355-377; doi:10.3390/land4020355.




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