Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik

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)
phone: +49(0)30 2093 46313
fax:  +49(0)30 2093 46321

Head of Junior Research Group BIOPOLISTA

Research interests | Publications | PolDErBio  | BIOPOLISTA


Research Interests

  • Bureaucratic Structures and Behaviors

  • Geopolitics and Environmental Policy

  • Climate Change Denial 

  • Bioeconomy Policy and Discourses

  • State Approaches

  • Social Psychology in Energy Transition 


Work Experience

  • Research Associate, Research Project: Policy Design for Resilient Bioeconomies (2019-2023)
  • Research Associate, Research Project: Institutional Implications of Bioeconomy Development (2017-2019)
  • Instructor at Berlin CIEE Global Institute, Global Environmental Policy, The Politics of Building Sustainable Cities (since 2019)
  • Lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) – Land & Water Management, Bioeconomy Governance (since 2017)
  • 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)



  • 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) 


Current Research Projects

BIOPOLISTA: Bioeconomy Policy Implementation in Bioeconomy States - The Junior Research Group addresses the lack of a comprehensive perspective on the implementation of bioeconomy policies by combining policy analysis approaches with the historical-institutionalist concept of the "bioeconomy state". On this basis, it examines divergent patterns and causes of bioeconomy policy implementation successes and failures within and across six countries with significant bioeconomies and emerging bioeconomy states (namely, Colombia, France, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States of America). Duration: March 2023 – February 2028.



Journal Articles (Peer reviewed)
  • Proestou, M., Schulz, N. & Feindt, P.H. A global analysis of bioeconomy visions in governmental bioeconomy strategies. Ambio (2023).
  • Proestou, M. and Feindt P.H.: The bioeconomy state and its role in shaping bioeconomy discourses, Critical Policy Studies (under review).
  • Feindt P.H., Proestou, M. and Daedlow, K. (2020): Resilience and policy design in the emerging bioeconomy – the RPD framework and the changing role of energy crop systems in Germany, 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,
Other Publications
  • 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.