The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is unique in its approach to basic and applied research on international agricultural development. Its particular focus lies on the economic and social implications of agricultural transformation processes in the former centrally planned countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China. IAMO uses the insights it gains from its research activities to develop recommendations for the sustainable development of the agri-food sector and the promotion of vibrant and viable rural regions. As such, the institute makes a significant international contribution to the better understanding and improvement of living conditions and economic development in these regions.
Originality and social relevance are the guiding principles of IAMO’s research. The institute’s activities are supported by major research funding bodies and integrated into national and international research networks. Results are published in recognised academic journals and discussed at international conferences. IAMO’s work finds resonance not only in the academic community but among political and economic decision makers and the general public. Research findings are disseminated to a wide audience via diverse media channels. Through policy briefs, reports and consultancy work that reflect its academic expertise, IAMO creates and disseminates knowledge on current political and economic issues on a national and international scale.
IAMO complies with national and international standards for promoting early career researchers. It adheres to principles of good research practice, in particular the DFG code of conduct “Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice”. It uses its expertise to train early career researchers, especially from the regions where it conducts its research. The institute has a flat organisational structure and aims to support independent research while providing doctoral students with systematic supervision. IAMO’s close collaboration with other teaching and research institutes, in particular the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), and its international and thematic relevance, contribute to the attractiveness of Halle (Saale) as a centre of science and research, and the wider recognition of the Leibniz brand.
The institute’s decision-making processes are highly participatory and staff are involved in all matters, from strategic planning to research management. The Scientific Advisory Board, with members from around the globe, provides advice where needed. Research programmes are regularly adapted to best address specific issues related to target groups and allow for goal-oriented and autonomous work in project groups. The institute participates in regular internal and external evaluations that ensure the quality of its work and adherence to the principles of the Leibniz Association.
IAMO’s diverse and multicultural staff support the institute’s research, training and knowledge transfer activities. Integrity is at the core of IAMO’s identity. As such, IAMO researchers take pride in their ethical conduct and the integrity and quality of their work, which in turn fosters creativity and fair competition. IAMO affiliates act responsibly and follow the principles of parsimony and incorruptibility. The working environment at IAMO is characterised by personal integrity, mutual respect, recognition of diversity, fairness and care for one another. The institute is committed to equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, religion, ideology or sexual orientation. IAMO takes measures to ensure a healthy work-life balance and offers attractive and future-oriented working conditions.
Version 24 February 2021