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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Resource Economics

Katharine Nora Farrell, PhD

 

 

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics
Division of Resource Economics
Philippstr. 13, Haus 12

D-10099 Berlin

Germany

Phone

+49-30-2093-46380

Fax

+49-30-2093-6497

Email

katharine.farrell (at) agrar.hu-berlin.de

Research Interests


Katharine Nora Farrell, BA, MSc, MSc, PhD is an Ecological Economist and Political Theorist.  The content focus of her work is the political economy of knowledge in local, multi-level and international environmental governance, with concentrations in three areas: green constitutional theory, institutional aspects of ecosystems services valuation and legitimacy of environmental policies; the role of science (and scientists) in sustainable development; and the role of time and tradition in processes, principles and assessments of ecological economic production.  Her work is primarily theory related and is supported by case studies of interdisciplinary and participatory environmental science situations.  She is an internationally regarded expert on the topics of monetary valuation of ecological phenomena (sometimes also discussed in terms of payment for ecosystem services) and post-normal science and has worked extensively with theories of production and value developed by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.

Academic Career


Since 10.10

Senior Researcher and Assistant Lecturer, Chair of Resource Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin.

Since 01.09

Beca Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

11.08 - 10.10

11.08 - 05.09

Guest Researcher with the Chair of Resource Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin.

Senior Researcher, Department of Policy Analysis, National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark (NERI), University of Aarhus, Denmark.

04.08 - 10.08

Researcher, The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

01.06 - 03.08

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow (EU Contract EIF - 024688), The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

03.97 - 06.97

Research Assistant, Milano Graduate School Technology Initiative, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, The New School for Social Research.

01.97 - 05.97

Policy Researcher – Intern, Office of Environmental Planning and Assessment, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC-DEP).

06.96 - 01.97

Graduate Research Assistant to the Program Director, The South Africa Partnership Program, The Graduate Faculty, The New School for Social Research, New York City.

01.96 - 01.97

Junior Research Scientist, Institute for Economic Analysis, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

 

 

 

 

Academic Background


Ph.D.

Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research

Doctoral dissertation on "Making Good Decisions Well:  A Theory of Collective Ecological Management", 2002-2005
Award of degree: Doctor of Philosophy
With distinction: accepted upon first submission, without revisions, December 2005

Masters

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, 1997-2000
Masters Thesis on "Cycles of Waste Production and Consumption: An Ecological Economic Study of Municipal Solid Waste Recovery Opportunities in Ireland"
Award of degree: MSc, Environmental Engineering (by research), November 2000

Academic Award: 1999-2000, Academic Merit Scholarship.

Masters

New School for Social Research, New York, NY, USA.
Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, 1993-1997 (part time)
Award of degree: MSc, Urban Policy Analysis and Management (with honours) November 2000
With distinction:
Dean’s List; Outstanding Graduate

Academic Award: 1996-1997, Full Academic Merit Scholarship; Jacob M. Kaplan Outstanding Graduate Award.

Bachelor

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Award of degree: BA, Political Science (with honours), May, 1991

Douglass College (with grade 3.3 cumulative), 1987-1991

With distinction: Dean’s List, Pi Sigma Alpha

Academic Award: Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honors Society of the USA.

International Education

May - Jul., 2006, Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - JSPS, in cooperation with the Royal Society if the United Kingdom grant supported a three month research visit with Prof. Kozo Mayumi, where we developed new ecological economics theory concerning the relationships between time and tradition in the theory underlying Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’s flow/fund model of economic production:.[¥ 1,419,000 / c. € 16,000 + flights].

Oct., 2003, Visiting Scholar, Agricultural University of Norway (now the Norwegian University of Life Sciences): Norwegian Research Council grant supported a one month research visit with Prof Arild Vatn, where we explored the role of institutions in the shaping of environmental value preferences and discussed the preparation of my Ph.D. dissertation and his, then in preparation, book Institutions and the Environment: [c. NK 17,000 / c. € 2,100 + flights].

Teaching


Course 2011; 2012: Environmental and Resource Economics - I (Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomie - I) in German (auf Deutsch), Division of Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universiät zu Berlin.

Course 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012: Introduction to Envrionmental Economics, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Course 2009; 2010; 2011: Evironmental Economic Instruments, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Course: MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development, Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment, Queen’s University of Belfast, Lecturer on Science for Sustainable Development, winter term 2006 - spring term 2007.

Course: Introduction to Economics, Replacement Lecturer, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, New Jersey, USA, winter term 1996 - winter term 1997.

Course: Quantitative Methods of Statistical Analysis, Primary Teaching Assistant, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, The New School for Social Research, winter term 1996 - spring term 1997.

Selected Seminars and Summer School Teaching:

Seminar: ‘Challenges of Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research Methodology’ invited for presentation at the Summer School: Integrating Sustainability Thinking into Academic Curricula, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 5-11 Jul., 2009.

Seminar: ‘Empirical Research Methods for Studying the Effectiveness of Multi-Level Environmental Governance Institutions’ presented at the GoverNat (FP6 Marie Curie Training Network) Spring Training Workshop, Aarhus, Denmark, 4-10 Apr., 2008.

 

 

Other Activities


01.01 - 12.05

Heritage Specialist, INTO Heritage in Schools Project, Irish National Teachers Organisation (with the Heritage Council of Ireland), 35 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

10.00 - 09.02

GreenCottage Consulting, Freelance Environmental Policy Analyst, Business Management Consultant and Researcher, Dublin, Ireland.

11.98 - 10.00

Statistical Co-ordinator, Repak Ltd., Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

08.95 - 03.96

Fundraising Researcher, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, The New School for Social Research, New York City.

10.93 - 07.95

Telefund Supervisor, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, The New School for Social Research, New York City.

11.91 - 07.93

Phone Canvass Manager, New Jersey Environmental Federation (NJEF), New Brunswick, NJ.

04.90 - 11.91

Phone Canvass Fundraising Caller and Trainer, New Jersey Environmental Federation (NJEF) , New Brunswick, NJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Memberships (if appropriate)


In Recognition of Excellence

2007, listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World

2002-2005, Full Academic Scholarship, UK Support Program for University Research, Queen’s University of Belfast,  Northern Ireland. [ STG£ 8,000-9,000 / c. € 12,000-13,000 per annum (3yrs) + academic fees]

1999-2000, Academic Merit Scholarship, Professor’s Discretionary Fund, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. [academic fees (c. € 4,000)]

1996-1997, Full Academic Merit Scholarship, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School for Social Research, NY, NY, USA. [c. US$ 25,000 / c. € 23,000 (including fees)]

1997, Jacob M. Kaplan Outstanding Graduate Award, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School for Social Research, New York City.

1990 & 1991, Dean’s List, Recognising Academic Excellence, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

1990, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honors Society of the USA

1990    Funded Participant, ‘Communist States in Transition’ workshop, The Washington Center, Washington, DC, USA.

1987    Advanced Placement University Degree Credits Awarded for Biology, Columbia High School, South Orange, NJ.

 

Major Postdoctoral Research Grants

2006-2008, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, European Union, Directorate General for Research - FP6. Early stage researcher post-doctoral research grant awarded to conduct a self designed empirical research project, in collaboration with host institution, the  Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany: Jan., 2006 - Mar., 2008 [c. € 142,000]

2006, Short-term Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher Grant, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - JSPS, in cooperation with the Royal Society if the United Kingdom: May - Jul., 2006 [¥ 1,419,000 / c. € 16,000 + flights]

2003, Visiting Scholar Grant, Norwegian Research Council: Oct., 2003 [c. NK 17,000 / c. € 2,100 + flights]

 

Journal Referee and Scientific Committee


Academic Peer Reviewer for the Journals: American Journal of Human Biology; Cambridge Review of International Affairs; Capitalism, Nature Socialism; Ecological Complexity; Ecological Economics; Ecology & Society; Energy - the Interational Journal; Environmental Politics; Omega: The International Journal of Management Science.

Participation in Societies and Research Networks: International Society for Ecological Economics - member; European Society for Ecological Economics - member; African Society for Ecological Economics - founding member, founding Secretary; The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology - member; European Consortium for Political Research, Green Politics Standing Group - member; Environmental Politics Theory Discussion Group – member; Worldwide Virtual Network of Young Practitioners working on Science and Society Issues - member, contributor, co-coordinator for the Communicating Among Plural Perspectives and Community Based Research strand; Young Human Dimensions Researchers Network of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) - member; (Robert) ROSEN Forum (theoretical biology) Discussion Group - member; Participation in Earth Governance Discussion Group - member; UK Sustainable Development Research Network - member.

 

Peer Reviewer for Grants, Programmes and Books with: Routledge Publishers; United States National Science Foundation (NSF); the United Nations International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)

Scientific Committee Memberships: ISEE 2010, Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crises, Bremen and Oldenburg, 22 - 25 August, 2010; ISEE 2008 Nairobi: Applying Ecological Economics for Social and Environmental Sustainability, Nairobi, Kenya, 7-11 Aug., 2008; ESEE 2009: 8th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Jun. 29 - Jul. 2, 2009; ESEE 2007: 7th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, “Integrating Natural and Social Sciences for Sustainability”, Leipzig, Germany, 5-8 Jun., 2007; Complexity, Science and Society, University of Liverpool, UK, 11-14 Sept., 2005.

Publications

 

 

Selected Publications


 

Farrell, Katharine N.; van den Hove Sybille; Luzzatti, Tomasso (Hrsg.) (2012). Beyond Reductionism: a passion for interdisciplinarity. Routledge: London.

 

Schirmer, Mario; Lyon, Ken; Armstrong, J.E.; Farrell, K.N. (2012). A socio-ecological adaptive approach to contaminated mega-site management: From 'control and correct' to 'coping with change'. J. Contam. Hydrol. 127 (1-4), 101-109.

[doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2011.06.008]

 

Farrell, Katharine N. (2012). Book Review of: Work Meets Life: Exploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems. MIT Press: American Journal of Human Biology 24 (2): 196-197.

[doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22226]

 

Koetz, Thomas; Farrell, Katharine N.; Bridgewater, Peter (2012). Getting to Grips with Institutional Mismatches of Science-Policy Interfaces for Biodiversity Governance. International Environmental Agreements 12 (1):1–21.

[doi: 10.1007/s10784-011-9152-z]

 

Schirmer, M.; Farrell, K.N.; Lyon, K.; Armstrong, J. (2011). Contaminated mega-site management: the complex problem challenge. GQ10: Groundwater Quality Management in a Rapidly Changing World (342), 194-197.

 

Farrell, Katharine N. (2011). Snow White and the Wicked Problems of the West: A Look at the Lines between Empirical Description and Normative Prescription. Science Technology Human Values 36 (3), 334-361.

[doi:10.1177/0162243910385796]

 

Farrell, Katharine N. (2011). The Politics of Science: has Marcuse’s New Science finally come of age? In: Biro, A. (Ed.). Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Environmental Politics in the 21st Century. 73-107.

 

Farrell, Katharine N. (2011). Book Review of: Tackling Wicked Problems Through the Transdisciplinary Imagination. Earthscan: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 13 (1): 75-77.

[doi:10.1080/1523908X.2011.557901]

 

Farrell, K.N. and Mayumi, K. (2009) ‘Time Horizons and Electricity Futures: an application of Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’s general theory of economic production’ Energy – The International Journal: 34: 301-307.

[doi:10.1016/j.energy.2008.07.002]

 

Farrell, Katharine N. (2009). Making Good Decisions Well: a Theory of Collective Ecological Management, Aachen: Shaker.

 

Farrell, K.N. (2008) ‘The Politics of Science and Sustainable Development: Marcuse’s new science in the 21st Century’ Capitalism Nature Socialism 19(4):68-83.

 

Farrell, K.N. (2007) ‘Living with Living Systems: the co-evolution of values and valuation’, The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 14(1):14-26.

 

Farrell, K.N. and Winkler, R. Eds. (2006) Complexity and Ecological Economics (Special Issue) Ecological Complexity 3(4).

[doi:10.1016/j.ecocom.2007.02.012]

 

Meadowcroft, J., Farrell, K.N., Spangenberg, J. (2005) ‘Governance for Sustainable Development: Developing a framework for sustainability governance in the European Union’ International Journal of Sustainable Development 8(1/2):3-11.

[doi: 10.1504/IJSD.2005.007371]

 

Farrell, K.N. (2004) ‘Recapturing Fugitive Power: epistemology, complexity and democracy’ Local Environment 9(5):469-479.

[doi: 10.1080/1354983042000255351]