Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik

Dr. Nicolai Schulz


Dr. Nicolai Schulz


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

email: nicolai.schulz(at)
phone: +49(0)30 2093 46850
fax   :  +49(0)30 2093 46321

Head of Junior Research Group (BIOPOLISTA)

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  • 10/2016 – 03/2020: PhD in International Development (London School of Economics and Political Science [LSE])
  • 09/2015 – 09/2016: MRes in Development Studies (LSE)
  • 10/2013 – 09/2014: MSc in Development Studies (LSE)
  • 10/2009 – 03/2013: BA Politics and Administration (University of Konstanz)
  • 02/2011 – 07/2011: Visiting Student (Faculty of Politics and Administration, Universidad de Granada)

Work Experience

  • 07/2020 – 02/2023: Research Associate within the BMBF-funded research project PolDeRBio,  Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Thaer-Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Agricultural and Food Policy Group
  • 08/2018 – 07/2020: (Postdoctoral) Research Associate and Co-lead of the ‘Defining and Measuring Political Settlements’ project (Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre [ESID], University of Manchester)
  • 01/2017 – 07/2018: Research Consultant (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester)
  • 09/2016 – 01/2017: Research Assistant to Editor (Journal of Development Studies)
  • 01/2015 – 03/2015: Visiting Researcher (German Development Institute [DIE])
  • 2014 & 2017: Consultancy on Tanzanian Human Development Reports 2014 & 2017 (Economic and Social Research Foundation, Tanzania)
  • 05/2015 – 07/2015: Consultancy in project "CADESAN - Fortalecimiento de Capacidades para la Descentralización en los Países Andinos" GIZ, Peru)

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics of Development

  • Development Economics

  • Bioeconomy Policy

  • Industrial Policy

  • Agricultural Transformation

  • African Politics

  • Mixed Method Research

Current Research Project

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
Book Chapter
  • ‘Governing Clean Energy Transitions in China and India’. (2017, with K. Isoaho and A. Goritz)
  • in Arent, D., Arndt, C., Miller, M., Tarp, F. and Zinaman, O. (eds) The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.