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
Spiegel, Alisa; Slijper, Thomas; De Mey, Yann; Poortvliet, P. Marijn; Rommel, Jens; Hansson, Helena ; Vigani, Mauro; Soriano, Bárbara; Wauters, Erwin; Appel, Franziska; Antonioli, Federico; Harizanova, Hristina; Gavrilescu, Camelia; Gradziuk, Piotr; Neumeister, Delphine; Meuwissen, Miranda (2019) Report on farmers’ perceptions of risk and resilience capacities ─ a comparison across EU farmers (D2.1.). 0
Kvartiuk, Vasyl; Curtiss, Jarmila (2019) Participatory rural development without participation: Insights from Ukraine. Journal of Rural Studies 69: 76-86.
Van Assche, Kristof; Verschraegen, Gert; Valentinov, Vladislav; Gruezmacher, Monica (2019) The social, the ecological, and the adaptive. Von Bertalanffy's general systems theory and the adaptive governance of social‐ecological systems. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 36 (3): 308-321.
Van Assche, Kristof; Valentinov, Vladislav; Verschraegen, Gert (2019) Ludwig von Bertalanffy and his enduring relevance: Celebrating 50 years General System Theory. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 36 (3): 251-254.
Prishchepov, Alexander; Ponkina, Elena; Sun, Zhanli; Müller, Daniel (2019) Выявление детерминант урожайности пшеницы в Западной Сибири с использованием байесовских сетей. Spatial Economics (Prostranstvennaja Ekonomika) 15 (1): 39-83.
Yu, Chaoqing; Huang, Xiao; Chen, Han; Godfray, H. Charles; Wright, Jonathon S.; Hall, Jim; Gong, Peng; Ni, Shaoqiang; Qiao, Shengchao; Huang, Guorui; Xiao, Yuchen; Zhang, Jie; Feng, Zhao; Ju, Xiaotang; Ciais, Philippe; Stenseth, Nils Chr.; Hessen, Dag Olav; Sun, Zhanli; Yu, Le; Cai, Wenjia; Fu, Haohuan; Huang, Xiaomeng; Zhang, Chi; Liu, Hongbin; Taylor, James (2019) Managing nitrogen to restore water quality in China. Nature 567 (7749): 516-520.
Zhang, Liu; Sun, Zhanli; Zhang, Shemei (2019) Transformation and development of characteristic agriculture under the background of supply-side reform: A case study of bee industry. Research of Agricultural Modernization 1 (40): 63-71.
Hankerson, Brett; Schierhorn, Florian; Prishchepov, Alexander; Dong, Changxing; Eisfelder, Christina; Müller, Daniel (2019) Modeling the spatial distribution of grazing intensity in Kazakhstan. PLOS ONE 14 (1): 1-27.