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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

; (eds) (2022) Erfolg durch Betriebsgröße und Marktkonzentration? Agrarstrukturentwicklung in der Ukraine. Ukraine-Analysen, Vol. 17, No. 259.

; (2022) Zum Akquisitionsverhalten ukrainischer Agrarholdings: Strategien, Auswirkungen und Perspektiven. Ukraine-Analysen (259): 3 - 7.

; ; ; ; ; (2022) Resource frontiers and agglomeration economies: The varied logics of transnational land-based investing in Southern and Eastern Africa. Ambio : a journal of human environment

; (2022) Cooperative governance under increasing member diversity: Towards a new theoretical framework. Scandinavian Journal of Management 38 (1)

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2021) Stakeholder perspectives to improve risk management in European farming systems. Journal of Rural Studies 84: 147-161.

; ; ; (2021) UAV-based mapping of banana land area for village-level decision-support in Rwanda. Remote Sensing 13 (24)

; ; ; ; (2021) Machine learning reveals complex effects of climatic means and weather extremes on wheat yields during different plant development stages. Climatic Change 169 (3-4)

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2021) Social cohesion as the missing link between natural resource management and peacebuilding: Lessons from cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire and Colombia. Sustainability 13 (23)

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2021) Participatory assessment of critical thresholds for resilient and sustainable European farming systems. Journal of Rural Studies 88: 214-226.

(2021) Does the accessibility of a farmer predict the delivery of extension services? Evidence from Rwanda. Outlook on Agriculture

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