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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

; ; ; ; (2023) Multi-objective spatial optimization to balance trade-offs between farmland bird diversity and potential agricultural net returns. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 345

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2023) How to keep it adequate: A protocol for ensuring validity in agent-based simulation. Environmental Modelling & Software 159

; ; (2023) Societal dynamics of sustainability certification in Ghanaian cocoa producing communities: Assessing social cohesion effects and their implications for collective action. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 47 (2): 212-238.

; (2023) Predator or prey? Effects of farm growth on neighbouring farms. Journal of Agricultural Economics 74 (1): 214-236.

; ; ; (2022) How does tenancy affect farmland prices? Effects of lease status, lease term, and buyer type. Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V..

(2022) The new German government: A turning point for agricultural policy?Harvest · 丰收 : Sino-German Agricultural Magazine (1): 35-38.

(2022) The new German government: A turning point for agricultural policy?Harvest · 丰收 : Sino-German Agricultural Magazine (1): 31-34.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) The European Green Deal and the war in Ukraine: Addressing the crises in the short and long term. European Think Tanks Group.

; (2022) Menschen bewegen ländliche Räume. Ländlicher Raum 73 (3): 65-67.

; ; (2022) The green-restructuring of clusters: Investigating a biocluster's transition using a complex adaptive system model. European Planning Studies

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