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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) Public and community conservation of biodiversity - rivalry or cooperation?GeoScape 14 (1): 36-46.

(2020) Eliminating and raising tigers and flies: The paradox of China's anti-corruption campaign. In: London, 77-100: Bloomsbury.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2020) Declining human pressure and opportunities for rewilding in the steppes of Eurasia. Diversity and Distributions

; ; ; ; (2020) Capitalization of land development rights in rural China : A choice experiment on individuals’ preferences in peri-urban Shanghai. Land Use Policy 97

(2020) Resource sufficiency in a sustainable bioeconomy: A predator-prey perspective. In: Bioeconomy: Routledge.

; (2020) East of nature. Accounting for the environments of social sciences. Ecological Economics 176

; ; ; ; (2020) A spatial-temporal analysis of the effects of households’ land-use behaviors on soil available potassium in cropland: A case study from urban peripheral region in Northeast China. Land 9 (5)

; ; (2020) Social goals in the theory of the firm: A systems theory view. Administration and Society

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2020) Cold War spy satellite images reveal long-term declines of a philopatric keystone species in response to cropland expansion. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 287 (1927)

; (2020) Introducing a multiscalar framework for biocluster research: A meta-analysis. Sustainability 12 (9)

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