Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy

phone: +49 345 5522-511
Secretariat: Franziska Pohle

Visitor address:
Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4
06120 Halle (Saale)

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postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät III
Professur für Agrar-, Umwelt- und Ernährungspolitik
06099 Halle (Saale)

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Completed projects

Scaling up experiential learning tools for sustainable water governance in India (BMZ – IFPRI Project)

Duration: 01. 2020 – 12. 2022


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT),

Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in India,

The National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE),

and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).

Researcher: Insa Theesfeld, Ilkhom Soliev, Florentien Moder

Keywords: water governance, India, experiments, learning, scaling up initiative

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The future of the Rights of Nature: an interdisciplinary scoping analysis (AHRC UK)

Duration: 11.12.2020 - 31.01.2022


  • Prof. Jeremie Gilbert, Roehampton University
  • Dr. Robert Grabowski, Cranfield University
  • Prof. Anne Robertson, Roehampton University
  • Dr. Ilkhom Soliev, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Dr. Saskia Vermeylen, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr. Neil Williams, Roehampton University

Researcher: Ilkhom Soliev, Marie Schreiber

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MINT-Korrespondenzzirkel (BMBF)

Laufzeit: 2019-2022

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New Concepts of Landgrabbing in the Developed World. Cases from East Germany and Poland (Dissertation)

Researcher: Ramona Bunkus

Supervisor: Insa Theesfeld

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Categorizing Urban Gardens: Collective Action in Community Gardens (Dissertation)

Researcher: Nicole Rogge

Supervisors: Insa Theesfeld, Carola Strassner

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AgriTip: Modelling the co-evolution of socio-economic and ecological
systems in Agriculture to develop early warning systems for Tipping
points (BMBF-Project)

Duration: Preliminary phase: 2017-2018
Prof. Dr. Frank Wätzold, Dr. Astrid Sturm, Charlotte Gerling: BTU
Cottbus-Senftenberg, Chair of Environmental Economics (coordination)
Prof. Dr. Insa Theesfeld: Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
(MLU), Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy
Dr. Dr. Martin Drechsler: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental
Research, Department of Ecological Modelling
Prof. Dr. Johannes Isselstein: Georg-August Universität Göttingen,
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Chair of Grassland Science
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Nixdorf, Dr. Jacqueline Rücker: BTU Cottbus-
Senftenberg, Chair of Freshwater Conservation
Prof. Dr. Ralph Meißner: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental
Research, Department of Soil Physics

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Power in Institutions and Institutional Analysis

Coordinators of the Working Group: Prakash Kashwan, Gustavo Garcia, Eric Coleman, & Insa Theesfeld

Duration: 2015 - 2017
Keywords: institutional analysis, social dilemmas, power concepts, - theories and - operationalization

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Breaking the Code: Synthesizing coding efforts for Social-Ecological Systems (SES) Research

Duration: 2015 - 2016
Researchers: Elicia Ratajcyk, Ute Brady, Frederike Klümper, Graham Epstein

Keywords: social-ecological systems/ comparative case study analysis/ meta-analysis/ institutions/ workshop

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Agricultural Restructuring, Water Scarcity and the Adaptation to Climate Change in Central Asia: A Five-Country Study (AGRIWANET)

Duration: 2014-2016

Financed by: German Federal Ministry of Education and Reserch (BMBF)


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KULUNDA: How do you impose the next "Global Dust Bowl"? - Ecological and economic strategies for the subsequent use of land in Russian steppes: A contribution to adaptation to climate change "(BMBF project)

Duration: 2011-2016

Researchers:  Insa Theesfeld, Ladislav Jelinek

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Follow the leader natural resource economics and the role of leadership in collective action

Duration: 2012 - 2015
Researchers: Insa Theesfeld, Ulrich Frey

Keywords: power concepts / leadership / collective action / large-N data

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Institutional Analysis of Decentralization and Options of Stakeholders for Participation in Agro-rural Policy Design


Duration: 1st August 2010 – 31 December 2014

Funded by: German Research Foundation
Researchers: Insa Theesfeld, Gertrud Buchenrieder, Thom Dufhues

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Is land (re-)allocation in agrarian transitions water grabbing in disguise? The land and water nexus of Tajikistan (Dissertation)

Researcher: Frederike Klümper
The PhD. project was located at the Leibniz-

Institute of  Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).
Supervisors: Insa Theesfeld und Thomas Herzfeld (IAMO)

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Too much but not enough! Issues of water management in Albania and Kosovo (Dissertation)

Researcher: Klodjan Rama
The PhD project was located at the Leibniz-

Institute of Agricultural Developement in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Supervisors: Insa Theesfeld und Thomas Herzfeld (IAMO)

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SEAMLESS: System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling – Procedure for Institutional Compatibility Analysis (EU FP6 Integrated Project)


Duration: 2005 -2009
Funded by: EU

Coordinated by: Dr. Martin Ittersum, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands
Subproject Research Team: Insa Theesfeld, Christian Schleyer, Konrad Hagedorn, Olivier Aznar, Jean-Marc Callois, Martin Yelkouni, Johanna Alkan Olsson

Institutional Requirements for Integrated Water Resource Management


Duration: 2010
Funded by: Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech)

Researchers: Insa Theesfeld, Christian Schleyer

Innovative institutions to cope with climate change-induced challenges for agricultural water management. A survey on present strategies among water agencies in three developed countries


Duration: 2009
Funded by:  German Development Institute

Researchers: Insa Theesfeld, Oscar Schmidt

FOODIMA: EU Food Industry Dynamics abd Methodological Advances


Duration: 2007-2009
Funded by: EU

Reseacher: Frauke Pirscher

Erfolgsfaktoren bei der nachhaltigen Bewertschaftung gemeinschaftlich genutzter Ressourcen: Wie man die "tragedy of the commons" vermeidet

Duration: 2010-2013

Funded by: BMBF in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Elinor Ostrom

Researcher: Ulrich Frey

Der blinde Fleck - Kognitive Fehler in der Wissenschaft und ihre evolutionsbiologischen Grundlagen

Duration: 2004-2006

Funded by: DFG

Researchers: Ulrich Frey, Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Vollmer