Theodor Borrmann

Research Student

Theodor is a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development. He is widely interested in topics of sustainability and indigenous rights, as well as in critical approaches to development. His research project studies the influence of beings beyond the human (e.g., animals, plants, or spirits) on the formation and transmission of environmental ethics in the Amazon region.

Theodor joined the department in October 2019. Prior to coming to Oxford, Theodor read for postgraduate degrees in Economics (University of Warwick, 2019) and International Political Economy (King’s College London, 2017), as well as for an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics (University of Münster, 2015). Over the course of his studies, he interned with non-governmental organisations in Peru and Cameroon and with the Institute of Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University.

Theodor holds a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation).

In the media
Beyond-human influences on the formation and transmission of environmental ethics in Amazonia
24 Jul, 2020
'COVID-19: an existential threat for Indigenous peoples of the Amazon'. Our DPhil Theodor Borrmann writes for PreventionWeb about the devastating impact of the pandemic in the Amazon basin, where it has amplified structural problems and is threatening to destroy whole peoples and communities.
Research interests:

Amazonia, anthropology of ethics, critical development studies, ecological economics, environmental ethics, indigenous rights, ontological anthropology, political ecology, sustainability