Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics

Dr. Wibke Crewett





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

Resource Economics
Hannoversche Str. 27

D-10099 Berlin







wibke_crewett (at)

Research Interests

Theory-based studies of ongoing processes of institutional change in nature-related socio-ecological systems, such as

  • land use, rangeland and irrigation policy reforms including-community-based natural resource management and other forms of decentralization
  • bioeconomy and energy policy reforms and its land use implications
  • climate change adaptation and mitgation in the agricultural sector
  • commercialization of small-scale horticultural production by means of value chain integration
  • rural development project evaluation and assessment


Working experience

  • Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic; Republic of Uzbekistan),
  • Southeast Asia (Republic of Indonesia),
  • East Africa (Republic of Kenia, Republic of Tanzania),
  • Caucasus (Republic of Azerbaijan)
  • Germany


Methodological focus

  • Qualitative research
  • Participatory methods
  • Mixed-methods studies
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project planning


  • Brückenmodul „Bioökonomie im Diskurs. Gegenwart und Zukunft der energetischen Nutzung landwirtschaftlicher Rohstoffe“ in cooperation with Dr. M. Proestou; winter term 2016/17
  • Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological-Technical Systems in cooperation with Prof. K. Hagedorn and Dr. D. Zikos; winter term 2016/17
  • “Analysis of Global Value and Supply Chains in Horti- and Agriculture” as part of Theory, Analysis and Empirical Study of Institutions and Organzations; Ph.D. Workshop (Promotionskolleg) Theory, Analysis and Scientific Process, 21.-25.09.2015, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • “Research Process, Research Design and Logic of Inquiry” as part of Advanced Empirical Methodology for Socio-Ecological Systems Analysis . Multiple Methods, Game Theory and Behavioural Experiments, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; summer term  2014, summer term 2015

Academic Career

Since 2013

Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, Division of Resource Economics

Research Fellow

Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V. in Müncheberg, Germany, Institute of Socio-Economics

Research Associate

Ostrom Workshop (Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis) in Bloomington, USA, Indiana University

Visiting Scholar


Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, Division of Resource Economics

Research Fellow


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, Department of Cultural Geography

Research Associate


Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V. in Müncheberg, Germany, Institute of Socio-Economics

Research Associate

Academic Background

2016 Dr. rer. agr. in Agricultural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


M.Sc. in International Agriculture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin





Peer-reviewed academic publications

Crewett, Wibke (2015): Street-level bureaucrats at work: a municipality-level institutional analysis of community-based natural resource management implementation practice in the pasture sector of Kyrgyzstan (Sustainability, 7).

Crewett, Wibke (2015): Introducing decentralized pasture governance in Kyrgyzstan. Designing implementation rules. In: Environmental Science & Policy 53, S. 215–224. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.12.009.

Sieber, Stefan; Jha, Srijna; Tharayil Shereef, Amjath-Babu; Bringe, Franziska; Crewett, Wibke; Uckert, Goetz et al. (2015): Integrated assessment of sustainable agricultural practices to enhance climate resilience in Morogoro, Tanzania. In: Regional Environmental Change 15 (7), S. 1281–1292. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-015-0810-5.

Crewett, Wibke (2012): Improving the sustainability of pasture Use in Kyrgyzstan. In: Mountain Research and Development 32 (3), S. 267–274. DOI: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-11-00128.1.

Crewett, Wibke; Korf, Benedikt (2008): Ethiopia: Reforming land tenure. In: Review of African Political Economy 35 (116), S. 203–220.


Book chapter

Crewett, Wibke (2016): "There is a new law?". Experiences from the implementation of a pasture governance reform in Kyrgyzstan. In: Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Anastasiya Shtaltovna und Conrad Schetter - Peter Lang (Hg.): Agricultural knowledge and knowledge systems in Post-Soviet societies. New York NY: Peter Lang (Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, 14), S. 359–380.

Book Review

Crewett, Wibke (2008): Book review on “Land, law and Islam” by Hilary Lim and Sirij Sait. In: Progress in Development Studies.

Other academic writing

Crewett, Wibke (2016): Decentralization in the Kyrgyz agricultural sector. An institutional analysis. Berlin: Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät.

Crewett, Wibke (2005): Property rights to land in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia. History, debate and implementation of the ‘Oromia Regional Land Use and Administration Proclamation’ 2002.” M.Sc. thesis. Humboldt-University Berlin.

Crewett, Wibke (2002): Partizipation in der Projektplanung. Ein Vergleich von Zielorientierter Projektplanung und Participatory Rural Appraisal. B.Sc.thesis. Humboldt-University Berlin.

Reports and consultancies (selections)

Crewett, Wibke (2015): Desert Pasture Livestock Report. Report to the project: Reducing pressures on natural resources from competing land use in non-irrigated mountain, semi-desert and desert landscapes of Uzbekistan, Client: UNDP Uzbekistan, Tashkent

Crewett, Wibke; Bringe, Franziska; Sieber, Stefan and Karen Tscherning (2008): Scaling-up of sustainable agricultural practices. Software tool and handbook. Client: GIZ and Germany Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Bringe, Franziska; Crewett, Wibke; Sieber, Stefan; Tscherning, Karen and Götz Uckert (2006): Sustainable agriculture as an approach for pro-poor growth in developing countries. Final report of project No. 05HS032. Client: Federal Agency for Agriculture and Nutrition, Bonn.Crewett, Wibke (2004): The animal feed sector in Azerbaijan. Report to GTZ Agricultural Advisory Policy Project Baku, Azerbaijan