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Institute for Food and Resource Economics
Agricultural and Food Market Research
Chair: Prof. Dr. Monika Hartmann
The research activities of the department comprise qualitative and quantitative analyses with regard to agricultural and food markets on a national and international level.
Economic and Agricultural Policy
Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Heckelei
The chair for economic and agricultural policy focuses its research on analysing agricultural and food policies. While continuing research on more traditional agricultural policy issues, newer projects cover environmental impacts of agriculture, rural development issues and trade in agricultural and food commodities.Policy impact analysis is an established research field, mainly based on economic simulation models but increasingly enriched and expanded by econometric analysis.
Economic Modeling of Agricultural Sytems Group
Head: PD Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Our research focus is on the quantitative analysis of questions related to sustainability of and provision of eco-systems services by agri-food systems from farm to global scale. Our team develops and applies different Economic Simulation Models and related methodologies, often in large-scale applications.
Economics of Sustainable Land Use and Bioeconomy
The research profile concentrates on the assessment and evaluation of land-based environmental policy instruments and natural resource governance approaches in developing and industrialized countries. We use empirical and spatial modelling tools as well as qualitative methods to inform decision makers on how policies and governance mechanisms can be designed to address multiple sustainability goals under heterogeneous context conditions. Past and ongoing research projects focus on tropical forest governance and bio-based economic transformation.
Chair: Prof. Dr. Silke Hüttel
Research activities of the Production Economics group focus on the quantitative analysis of farm- and firm-level decisions in the agriculture and food sector. Of particular importance are questions related to farm structural change and spatial interaction between farms, to the influences of (climate) risks, risk management and the adoption of new production techniques and technologies.
The interdisciplinary research approach is based on bio-economic modelling approaches and agent-based modelling, economic analyses and the use of econometric techniques. You will find details on the ongoing research under the link “projects”.
Resource and Environmental Economics
Chair: Prof. Dr. Karin Holm-Müller
Main topics in our research projects:
- Economic Analysis of Environmental and Nature Conservation Policy
- Conservation of Genetic Resources in Biodiversity-rich Countries
- Valuation of Environmental Goods
Technology and Innovation Management in Agribusiness
Chair: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring
The newly established chair group of Agribusiness Managemen focuses on current management issues of food and agribusiness. Our central research interest is technology and innovation management (TIM) in agri-food chains and networks.