Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Ressourcenökonomie

Habilitation Grundmann

Institutional Change in Biomass and Bioenergy Production
Start:  04/2008
End:     03/2012

An increasing demand and supply of biomass and bioenergy as renewable resource causes changes in the use of resources in rural and urban areas. The impacts of this changes are influenced to a great extent by the accompanying change of institutions and governance at all levels. The goal of this project is to better understand the role of interdependences between transactions, institutions, actors and governance for the production of biomass and bioenergy. The research includes (1) modeling the land and resources use changes, (2) modeling the transactions in biomass and bioenergy production, (3) analyzing the interdependences caused by the transactions (including the interactions, negotiations and rule making among the actors), and (4) describing the adaptation by change of institutions and governance. The results will contribute to assessing and evaluating different adaptation strategies and routes of biomass production and use. The overall aim is to contribute to the further building of methods and theories in resources and institutional economics, as well as to develop and combine methods from both disciplines.

Researcher: Dr. sc. agr. Philipp Grundmann

Cooperation Partner: Leibniz Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V.

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn

Funding: Leibniz Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V.