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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

; ; (2020) Agroholdings and land rental markets: A spatial competition perspective. European Review of Agricultural Economics

(2020) Der Übergang zur Bioökonomie erfordert Entscheidungen. Wissenschaftsjahr Bioökonomie Redaktion.

(2020) Bridging ethics and cross-border reproduction technology through transnational health governance? A feminist and philosophical reflection. Journal of Business Diversity 20 (4)

; ; ; ; ; ; (2020) Abandonment and recultivation of agricultural lands in Slovakia – Patterns and determinants from the past to the future. Land 9 (9)

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2020) Politik für eine nachhaltigere Ernährung: Eine integrierte Ernährungspolitik entwickeln und faire Ernährungsumgebungen gestalten. Berichte über Landwirtschaft (230): 1-833.

; ; ; (2020) How sources of agriculture information shape the adoption of reduced tillage practices?Journal of Rural Studies 79: 88-101.

; ; (2020) Never change a losing horse? On adaptations in German forecasting after the Great Financial Crisis. In: Fritsche, U., Köster, R., Lenel, L. (eds.): Futures Past : Economic Forecasting in the 20th and 21st Century, 191-218: Peter Lang GmbH - Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften.

; ; ; (2020) Quantifying the soil erosion legacy of the Soviet Union. Agricultural Systems 185

(2020) Anforderungen an gute wissenschaftliche Arbeit: Neuere Entwicklungen und Erfordernisse der Agrarforschung der Ukraine. Agriculture Policy Report, German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue, Kiew.

; (2020) Land-system science to support achieving the sustainable development goals. Journal of Land Use Science 15 (4): 477-481.

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