Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department für Agrarökonomie

Dr. Maria Proestou


Dr. Maria Proestou


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department für Agrarökonomie
Fachgebiet Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik
Philippstraße 13 - Haus 12 A
D-10115 Berlin

E-Mail: maria.proestou(at)
Tel.: +49(0)30 2093 46313
Fax:  +49(0)30 2093 46321

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (PolDErBio)

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  • PhD in Institutional Economics (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), FNF Scholarship
  • MSc Integrated Natural Resource Management (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Visiting Student, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • MSc Agricultural and Crop Sciences (Agricultural University of Athens) 

Work Experience

  • Lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin), Land Management (since 2018)
  • Research Associate, BMBF Research Project “Institutional Implications of Bioeconomy Development”, Division of Horticultural Economics, HU Berlin (2017-2019)
  • Lecturer at Berlin CIEE Global Institute, Berlin and the Politics of Building Sustainable Cities (2019)
  • Coordinator of the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS), HU Berlin (2017-2019) 
  • Lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW), Environmental Politics and Economics (2015-2016)
  • Lecturer at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Sustainable Energy Transition (2012-2013)

Research Interests

  • Environmental Policy and Politics

  • Institutional Economics

  • Bioeconomy 

  • Climate Denial 

  • Socioeconomics of Energy Transition

  • Climate Change Art

  • Rural Sociology

  • Theory of Social Psychology 

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods


Journal Articles
  • Feindt P.H., Proestou, M. and Daedlow, K. (2020): Policy design for resilience in the emerging bioeconomy – the RPD framework and application to German bioenergy policy, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21(5),
  • Proestou, M., Crewett, W., Yu, L. and Zhang, X. (2018). The Future of Bioeconomy. Germany Contact: 1.
Books and Monographs
  • Proestou, M. (2016). Understanding Societies beyond Economics: Wind Energy Development on the Greek Island of Amorgos in Times of Neoliberalism,


Conference Papers and Posters
  • Proestou, M. and Feindt, P.H. (2020). The bioeconomy state and its role in shaping bioeconomy discourses. “Environmental Governance: Policy Discourse, Deliberative Practices, and Public Participation”, Lee Kyan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
  • Daedlow, K., Proestou, M. and Feindt, P.H. (2019). Poster: Policy Designs for Resilient Bioeconomies – Towards an Analytical Framework”, 4. Bioeconomy Science Center Symposium, Köln, 
  • Crewett, W. and Proestou, M. (2019). Populism in bioeconomy-related policy. “Governance of Big Transformations”, German Political Science Association (DVPW), School of Governance, Technical University of Munich. 
  • Proestou, M. and Crewett, W. (2018). Innovative institutions for the governance of biomass energy spaces. Inimbio Workshop, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.