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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


; (2024) Revealing agricultural land ownership concentration with cadastral and company network data. Agriculture and Human Values


(2024) Drivers and consequences of farm structural change in Germany and China. Harvest · 丰收 : Sino-German Agricultural Magazine (4): 6-9.


; ; ; ; (2024) Was bestimmt die landwirtschaftlichen Bodenpreise in Deutschland? - Ergebnisse empirischer Analysen der Kaufpreissammlungen. FORLand Policy Brief, Berlin.


; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2024) What is still at stake in the Gran Chaco? Social-ecological impacts of alternative land-system futures in a global deforestation hotspot. Environmental Research Letters 19 (6)


; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2024) An actor-centered, scalable land system typology for addressing biodiversity loss in the world’s tropical dry woodlands. Global Environmental Change 86


; ; ; ; ; (2024) Eco-innovative transformation of the urban infrastructure of Ukraine on the way to post-war recovery. Financial and Credit Activity: Problems of Theory and Practice 2 (55): 391-408.


(2024) Who wants to be a farmer on an island? Young farmers share career stories from Crete, Cyprus, and the Azores. The Greening Islands Foundation.


; ; (2024) Contract farming in transitional economies: A stakeholder theory perspective. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review


; ; ; (2024) Higher crop rotational diversity in more simplified agricultural landscapes in Northeastern Germany. Landscape Ecology 39 (4)


; (2024) Assessing the impact of the Russian Invasion on crop production in Ukraine with open satellite data. Ukrainian Analytical Digest (5): 8-14.


Contact


			Prof. Dr. Alfons Balmann

Prof. Dr. Alfons Balmann

Director of IAMO,
Head of Department Structural Change
Room: 140

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			Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Deputy Head of Department Structural Change,
Ombudsperson for Good Scientific Practice
Room: 239

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			Dr. Franziska Hauff (formerly Schaft)

Dr. Franziska Hauff (formerly Schaft)

Deputy Head of Department Structural Change,
Scientific Coordinator IAMO Graduate School
Room: 137

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Secretariat


			Claudia Grützmacher

Claudia Grützmacher

Secretariat,
Deputy Equal Opportunities Commissioner
Room: 139

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