Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics

Oscar Schmidt, M.Sc.

PhD candidate





Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture Department of Agricultural Economics Division of Resource Economics

Philippstr. 13, Haus 12, Room: 1.19 D-10115 Berlin







Research Interests

  • Oscar’s main interest lies in the fields of Institutional Economics and Institutional Sociology; Sustainable governance of Water and Land Resources; Social change; Co-evolution of Social-Ecological Systems. His methods comprise qualitative and participatory research and case study approaches.
  • Oscar has worked on a variety of cases of natural resource governance including Indonesia, East-Timor, Albania and the European Union. His current regional and thematic focus is on the evolution of institutions of access to land and water resources in the context of emerging large-scale public irrigation schemes in South-Eastern Turkey.

Academic Career


Doctoral candidate at the Division of Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Consultant to the German Development Institute (GDI). GDI - research project “Helping water agencies cope with climate change-induced challenges for agricultural water management in developing countries”.


Research Associate at the Leibniz-Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) Halle (Saale). Department External Environment for Agriculture and Policy Analysis.


Research Associate to the research project „Transboundary Groundwater Resources in Africa“.

In cooperation with the German Society for Technical Assistance (GTZ), the German Development Institute (GDI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Academic Background


Master of Science “Integrated Natural Resource Management” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Award of degree May 2009.

Thesis: „Challenges to Collective Action in a Transitional Commons. An Institutional Analysis of Local Fishery at Lake Ohrid, Albania.”


Bachelor of Science “Gartenbauwissenschaften” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Award of degree February 2006.

Thesis: “Serikulturprojekt LAHO, Timor-Leste – als Beispiel eines landwirtschaftlich-gärtnerischen Entwicklungsprojektes“.


Course: Land and Water Management, together with Dr. Insa Theesfeld, Dr. Daniel Müller, Dr. Christian Schleyer, Summer term 2010. M.Sc. Integrated Natural Resource Management; M.Sc. International Master of Rural Development; M.Sc. Agricultural Economics; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Awarded a PhD scholarship in the IPSWaT - International Postgraduate Studies in Water Technologies Programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). 2011.

Erhard-Höpfner Studies Award 2009 for the Masterthesis "Challenges to collective action in a transitional Commons. An institutional analysis of local fishery management at Lake Ohrid, Albania ", by the Erhard-Höpfner Foundation in cooperation with the Berlin Scientific Society – Berliner Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (BWG). 2010.

Scholarship awarded for German graduates to conduct empirical research for a Master-thesis. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Stipendium: Studienaufenthalte für Masterarbeiten deutscher Graduierter. 2008.

Awarded a scholarship to the two week seminar “Intensive Programme on rural development in the enlarged European Union”. Held in march 2007 at the University of the Algarve. Faro, Portugal. 2007.


  • European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE). Since 2011.
  • Association of German-Turkish Agricultural and Natural Scientists – Verband Deutsch-Türkischer Agrar- und Naturwissenschaftler (VDTAN). Since 2009.




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