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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Resource Economics

Dr. Christian Kimmich







Humboldt-Uiversität zu Berlin
Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture
Department of Agricultural Economics
Division of Resource Economics
Philippstr. 13
D-10115 Berlin

Phone +49 30 2093 6430

christian.kimmich (at) agrar.hu-berlin.de


Christian is junior research fellow and PhD candidate at the Division and works in the fields of agricultural, resource and infrastructure economics. His research draws from institutional, evolutionary and ecological economics and game theory. He is a researcher within the project ‘Climate and Energy in a Complex Transition towards Sustainable Hyderabad’, working in the field of electricity and irrigation infrastructure to understand paths of transition in resource use. He has in-depth field knowledge and develops a related pilot project.

Christian studied Agricultural Sciences (B.Sc.) and Agricultural Economics (M.Sc.) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Life Sciences in Prague. After graduation, Christian conducted consultancy research on regional resource use conflicts of bioenergy deployment for the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB) in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering in Potsdam (ATB), and a consultative project on "Knowledge, perceptions and attitudes towards energy provision, resource conflicts and climate change" for EnBW together with the Centre for Empirical Social Research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Research interests

Agricultural technology adoption, Renewable energies, Water–Energy Nexus, infrastructures

Institutional and Evolutionary Economics, Game Theory, Ecological Macroeconomics

Within his doctoral research Christian studies the governance of electricity infrastructure and energy provision for agricultural irrigation with an emphasis on the interplay and institutional change between polity, regulator, infrastructure utilities and related actors with respect to irrigation. He draws from theories in network and common-pool resource governance, based on institutional and evolutionary economics and game theory, with a focus on the transactional dimension. The work combines qualitative and quantitative methods and models, based on interviews, content analysis, and surveys.

Academic career

04/13 to 05/13 Visiting scholar at the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California Davis

08/10 to 12/10

Visiting scholar at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

since 01/09

Junior research fellow within the project “Climate and Energy in a Complex Transition Process towards Sustainable Hyderabad - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies by Changing Institutions, Governance Structures, Lifestyles and Consumption Patterns”

06/08 to 12/08

Consultative research on “Knowledge, perceptions and attitudes towards energy provision and climate change in Baden-Württemberg, Germany” together with the Centre for Empirical Social Research (ZeS) and EnBW

10/07 to 04/08

Consultative research to the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB) with the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB): "Expansion of Energy Crop Exploitation and Regional Resource Use Conflicts"


Visiting student at Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague

Academic background

PhD candidate

Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Graduate programme in Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (with grade 1.3), 2007
thesis: "Local governance and regional economic impacts of bioenergy value chains: the case of a bioenergy village in Germany"


B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2005
thesis: "Cooperative approaches to entrepreneurship: a case study"



Invited guest lecture at Bangalore University of Agricultural Sciences


Invited guest lecture and online webinar series at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne within the Masters programme on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)