Christoph Kaufmann
Christoph Kaufmann
Affiliated researcher

Political Geography

Tel.: 044 635 52 12
Room number: Y25 L 64


gold, contamination governance, international treaties, formalization, protracted armed conflicts, Colombia


MSc in Geographies of Global Change, University of Zurich (2017) 

Current research

My current research analyzes the effects of contamination governance on gold mining and processing practices in Northeastern Antioquia, Colombia. The project explores the interrelatedness of contamination governance in Colombia with international frameworks and treaties on hazardous chemicals, struggles over access to mineralized land in the case study region, and the renegotiation of power patterns in times of macro-political transitions. 

Before beginning my PhD, I conducted fieldwork on re/victimization dynamics at the palm oil frontier in María La Baja, Colombia, and participated in a research project on sustainable farming in Cambodia (in collaboration with HEKS and the Center for Development and Environment, University of Bern). Besides university, I have been working in social services and NGOs in Switzerland and abroad.