Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrifood Chain Management

Dirtje Derksen



Photo: Viora Weber

PhD Student







Short Bio

  • since 10/2019  PhD student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Title of the dissertation: Stakeholders’ Understandings of Sustainability in Horticulture - Ornamental Potted Plant Production in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 05/2017-09/2020  Research Assistant, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science, Project Management "EIP-Project: Sustainable production of potted plants in NRW", research in the thematic field "Sustainability and sustainability analysis", adaptationof the analysis tool RISE
  • 03/2013–05/2015  M.Sc.  Sustainable Agriculture and Integrated Watershed Management, Universität Hohenheim und Chiang Mai University, Thailand (Joint Degree)
  • 03/2015–03/2014  Study period in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 04/2014–05/2015  Study period in Hohenheim, Final grade: A (Excellent) – Title of the thesis: Achieving goals of ethical consumption: Assessment of target criteria for the comparison of organic and locally purchased products with a modified scoring model
  • 08/2010-03/2011 Semester abroad, Philippines
  • 10/2008–07/2011  B.Sc. Geography, Universität Bremen, Final grade: Good (1,68) – Title of the thesis: Tourism in marine protected areas - Risk or Chance? Effects of touristic activities on the marine habitats of the Bohol Marine Triange, Philippines


Research Interests

  • Sustainability in agriculture and horticulture
  • Sustainability analysis and assessment
  • Qualitative research in the agricultural sector





  • 09/2019  Business Management Conference Horticulture "Sustainabilty in Horticulture", Presentation and Publication in the conference proceedings: Derksen & Mithöfer (2019). Nachhaltiger Topfpflanzenanbau NRW – Aus wissenschaftlicher Perspektive, In: Nachhaltigkeit im Gartenbau, Zusammenfassung der 57. Betriebswirtschaftlichen Fachtagung Gartenbau, 16. bis 18. September 2019 in Kevelaer (Hrsg. Zentrum für Betriebswirtschaft, Hannover)



Hochschule Rhein-Waal

  • Modul: Supply Chains and Sustainability
  • Study programs: B.Sc. Sustainable Agriculture & B.Sc. Agribusiness