Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics

Dissertation of Sarah Keutmann

The Role of Institutional Change for the Sustainable Cultivation of Energy Crops – The case of agro-wood production in Brandenburg, Germany.

Start: Oktober 2010
End: September 2013

The joint research project INKA BB- Innovation Network Climate Adaptation Berlin Brandenburg aims to assess agroforestry systems as an adaptation strategy to climate change in agriculture. This particular research to analyze problems related to agrowood in Brandenburg and to investigate possible solutions. The study involves the depth research on the interactions between natural and social environments, the scarcities that result from these interactions and the situations in which the actors deal with these scarcities. The natural resources land, water and landscape were chosen as focal. In case of the resource land much attention is given to the land market evolution and land use changes. The preservation of the scenery and the conservation of natural habitats are major issues when dealing with the landscape as resource and the processes of landscape planning. The research further looks at competing uses of the resource water. Within the social setting we analyze different organizational structures for the cultivation of agrowood and the associated interactions between the different stakeholders. Further, we aim to compare agroforestry with similar action situations in the case of other renewable energy carriers, like e.g. the cultivation of colza/ rape.

Researcher: Keutmann, Sarah

Cooperation Partners:
Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim (ATB),
Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V.,
Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus (BTU),
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut (vTI),
Deutscher Bauernverband e.V. (DBV)

Advisors: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn, Dr. Philipp Grundmann
Funding: Innovation Network Climate Adaptation Berlin Brandenburg (INKA BB), Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim (ATB)

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