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Department Structural Change

Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas

This department researches process complexities of agrarian structural change. Special focus is placed on inherent dynamics, influencing factors and effects, which are analyzed on various analytical levels by means of a broad array of methodical instruments.

Research subjects are, firstly, the development of enterprises in the agricultural and food sector, including their strategies and organization. Secondly, the effects that changing framework conditions such as agricultural policies have on agricultural businesses and structural change are analyzed. Thirdly, institutional economics and system theory questions relating to the role of nonprofit organizations and civil society engagement in the agricultural and food sector are investigated. A fourth focus is on interdependencies between the environment, resources, structural change and growth, in which context the changes of land use are studied or agricultural production potentials are assessed.

The department’s key methodical competencies are in the field of computational economics, particularly agent-based modeling. Further methodological expertise has been developed in spatial econometry, data mining, econometric methods, as well as productivity and efficiency analyses.

Latest publications of the department

; ; ; (2019) Revealing the determinants of wheat yields in the Siberian breadbasket of Russia with Bayesian networks. Land Use Policy 80: 21-31.

; ; (2018) Bird conservation in the Carpathian Ecoregion in light of long-term land use trends and conservation responsibility. Biodiversity and Conservation 27 (8): 2051–2068.

; ; ; ; (2018) Widespread forest cutting in the aftermath of World War II captured by broad-scale historical Corona spy satellite photography. Remote Sensing of Environment 204: 322-332.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Historical land use dataset of the Carpathian region (1819-1980). Journal of Maps 14 (2): 644-651.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) For an EU Common Agricultural Policy serving the public good after 2020: Fundamental questions and recommendations. Berichte über Landwirtschaft (225): 1-86.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Representation of decision-making in European agricultural agent-based models. Agricultural Systems 167: 143-160.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Tools and methods in participatory modeling: Selecting the right tool for the job. Environmental Modelling & Software 109: 232-255.

(2018) Wie beeinflusst das Verhalten von Landwirten die Resilienz von Agrarstrukturen – Eine Analyse agentenbasierter partizipativer Experimente. In: Sauer, J., Kantelhardt, J., Bitsch, V., Glebe, T., Oedl-Wieser, T. (Hrsg.): Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft zwischen Ressourceneffizienz und gesellschaftlichen Erwartungen (Schriften der Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaus, Bd. 53), 43-54: Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster.

; (2018) Cooperative Longevity: Why Are So Many Cooperatives So Successful? Sustainability 10 (10): 1-8.

; ; ; (2018) Multifunctional organisation models: A systems-theoretical framework for new venture discovery and creation. Journal of Organizational Change Management 31 (7): 1383-1400.

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