Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Professur für Agrar-, Umwelt-, und Ernährungspolitik

phone: +49 345 5522-511
Sekretariat: Anja Redlich

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Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4
06120 Halle (Saale)

4. Etage
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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät III
Professur für Agrar-, Umwelt- und Ernährungspolitik
06099 Halle (Saale)
Germany

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Source picture: wykop.pl by Kacper Kowalski
At a public beach, no one can be officially denied the access. However, there is a typical common-pool good problem: The towel-covered area of one beach visitor cannot be used by another beach visitor at the same time. 
Same applies to the agro-environmental field: Should natural resources become scarce, use rights to the resources are privatized, and first this often happens in an informal way. 
Is privatization always a good idea? Using what kind of coordination mechanisms can we guarantee a future joint use for all? What should be the rules?

Source picture: wykop.pl by Kacper Kowalski At a public beach, no one can be officially denied the access. However, there is a typical common-pool good problem: The towel-covered area of one beach visitor cannot be used by another beach visitor at the same time. Same applies to the agro-environmental field: Should natural resources become scarce, use rights to the resources are privatized, and first this often happens in an informal way. Is privatization always a good idea? Using what kind of coordination mechanisms can we guarantee a future joint use for all? What should be the rules?

Source picture: wykop.pl by Kacper Kowalski

At a public beach, no one can be officially denied the access. However, there is a typical common-pool good problem: The towel-covered area of one beach visitor cannot be used by another beach visitor at the same time.
Same applies to the agro-environmental field: Should natural resources become scarce, use rights to the resources are privatized, and first this often happens in an informal way.
Is privatization always a good idea? Using what kind of coordination mechanisms can we guarantee a future joint use for all? What should be the rules?

Welcome to the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy

The specialty of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy is studying its three policy areas in an integrated way. This allows research and scientific analysis that reflects the manifold demands of society on today’s agricultural producers. The starting point however is of course the natural resources used in agriculture. Then, institutions – intelligently designed governance systems – are crucial to using the resources in a sustainable way and to preserve them. Our research focus is therefore governance and policy research towards sustainable natural resource use.

As societies face challenges like climate change and population growth, how can we develop forward-looking policies and measures to help individuals and organizations make the adaptations that will be required? To conduct policy analysis and evaluation we draw on theories of institutional economics, political science and resource economics. In doing so, we develop qualitative and quantitative methods to study formal and informal coordination mechanisms of complex socio-ecological-technical systems.

Our research is relevant for today’s society and is essential to communication between science, society and policy.

Leader of the Department

Prof. Dr. Insa Theesfeld

Phone: +49 345 55 22 510

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