Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics

Melf-Hinrich Ehlers

MSc Ecological Economics,
BSc Agriculture

PhD Student






Humboldt-University Berlin

Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture

Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences

Division of Resource Economics

Philippstr. 13, Haus 12a,

10099 Berlin, Germany

(Room 42, Haus 12a)






melf-hinrich.ehlers (at)

Research Interests

·        Agricultural bioenergy, renewable energy, water, rural economies, environmental conflict, sustainability research

·        Institutional economics, action, behaviour and agency; property rights and transaction economics; (co-) evolutionary economics and economic sector (trans-)formation; environmental values and conflict

·       Case study approaches; qualitative methods and interview analysis; multi-objective programming, energy accounting


2006 - present

PhD-Project: “Diffusion of agricultural bioenergy utilisation at regional levels in Germany: actor motivations and institutional change” at Humboldt-University Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, Division of Resource Economics. Supervisor: Prof Dr Dr hc Konrad Hagedorn

2004 - 2005

MSc Ecological Economics, awarded “Distinction” at The University of Edinburgh (UK)

Thesis: “Adoption of Agri-environmental Measures: A Multi-objective Programming Model for Trade-off Analysis of Scottish Cereal Farms”

2002 - 2004

BSc (Honours) Agriculture at The University of Reading (UK)

Thesis: “The impact of inputs on energy indicators of different cropping systems in the UK and Germany”

2000 - 2002

Vordiplom (Pre-diploma or preliminary exam) in agricultural sciences at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)

1996 - 1999

Abitur at Fachgymnasium – agrarwirtschaftlicher Zweig –, Berufliche Schule des Kreises Nordfriesland in Niebüll (Germany)

1993 -1996

Modern apprenticeship as ‘mechanic for agricultural machinery’ at Peter Clausen Landtechnik GmbH, Ost-Bordelum (Germany)

Other Activities

2006 - present

Part-time consultancy work on economic implications of environmental policies relating to water, agriculture and energy at Ecologic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy (Berlin, Germany)

2007 (Feb.- March)

Project contract: ITAES Work Package 4 – Analysing Institutional Arrangements for Agri-Environmental Schemes in Europe. EU Sixth framework Programme. Humboldt-University Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, Division of Resource Economics

2003 (April)

Internship at the parliamentary office of the Parliamentary Secretary of State for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, Dr Gerald Thalheim, MdB, Deutscher Bundestag (Germany)

2001 (July-Oct.)

Internship on large scale mixed farm, Dr K-H Niehoff Saat- und Pflanzgut, Gut Bütow, Bütow (Germany)

1999 - 2000

Community service in a village community (Kibbuz) for disabled persons, Kfar Rafael, Beer-Sheva (Israel)

Awards and Memberships

PhD scholarship awarded by Nachwuchsförderungsgesetz des Landes Berlin, December 2007

Student scholarship awarded by Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, January 2003



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Selected Publications

Ehlers, Melf-Hinrich (2007). Klimawandel in der Energiewirtschaft Europas. Studio!Sus 9: Klimawandel, pp. 33-35.

Ehlers, M.-H. (2008). Dezentrale erneuerbare Energiewirtschaft – Möglichkeiten einer neuen Machtbalance. In Creutzig, F. and Goldschmidt, J.C. (Eds.), Energie, Macht, Vernunft – Der umfassendere Blick auf die Energiewende. Shaker Media, Aachen, 2008, pp. 310-328.

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