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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

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) MIND STEP Deliverable D4.1: Protocol to link new tools in WP4. 0

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) Land management explains the contrasting greening pattern across China–Russia border based on Paired Land Use Experiment approach. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 127 (6)

; ; ; (2022) The carbon footprint of milk during the conversion from conventional to organic production on a dairy farm in central Germany. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 42 (3)

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) Understanding and addressing the resilience crisis of Europe’s farming systems: A synthesis of the findings from the SURE-Farm project. In: Meuwissen, M. P. M., Feindt, P. H., Garrido, A., Mathijs, E., Soriano, B., Urquhart, J., Spiegel, A. (eds.): Resilient and sustainable farming systems in Europe: Exploring diversity and pathways, 342-374: Cambridge University Press.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) A resilience-enabling environment for farming systems. In: Meuwissen, M. P. M., Feindt, P. H., Garrido, A., Mathijs, E., Soriano, B., Urquhart, J., Spiegel, A. (eds.): Resilient and sustainable farming systems in Europe: Exploring diversity and pathways, 302-320: Cambridge University Press.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) Integrated assessment of the sustainability and resilience of farming systems. In: Meuwissen, M. P. M., Feindt, P. H., Garrido, A., Mathijs, E., Soriano, B., Urquhart, J., Spiegel, A. (eds.): Resilient and sustainable farming systems in Europe: Exploring diversity and pathways, 279-301: Cambridge University Press.

; ; (2022) Historical legacies and current challenges for the future resilience of the farming system in the Altmark. In: Meuwissen, M. P. M., Feindt, P. H., Garrido, A., Mathijs, E., Soriano, B., Urquhart, J., Spiegel, A. (eds.): Resilient and sustainable farming systems in Europe: Exploring diversity and pathways, 140-155: Cambridge University Press.

; ; ; ; ; (2022) Demographic dimensions of resilient farming systems in the EU. In: Meuwissen, M. P. M., Feindt, P. H., Garrido, A., Mathijs, E., Soriano, B., Urquhart, J., Spiegel, A. (eds.): Resilient and sustainable farming systems in Europe: Exploring diversity and pathways, 38-62: Cambridge University Press.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) SURE-Farm approach to assess the resilience of European farming systems. In: Meuwissen, M. P. M., Feindt, P. H., Garrido, A., Mathijs, E., Soriano, B., Urquhart, J., Spiegel, A. (eds.): Resilient and sustainable farming systems in Europe: Exploring diversity and pathways, 1-17: Cambridge University Press.

; ; (2022) Policy instruments for green-growth of clusters: Implications from an agent-based model. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 43: 257-269.

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