Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics

Dr. Dimitrios Zikos


Dimitrios Zikos


Research Interests



  • Conflict and Cooperation on Natural Resources
  • Environmental Politics
  • Environmental Governance
  • Institutional, Resource, and Experimental Economics
  • Study of the Commons

Room: 1.11
Telefon: +49-(0)30-2093-46372
Fax:      +49-(0)30-2093-46361


Current Research Projects

  • Designing Social Institutions in Transition: Promotion of Institutional Development for Common Pool Resources Management in Central Asia (InDeCA)
  • Natural Resource Management in Central Asia (NaReMaCA)
  • Informing the climate sensitive land and forest management policies in Central Asia – Towards a combination of economic experiments and qualitative case study (InForMA)


Academic Career

since 2010  

Lecturer and Project Coordinator

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Division of Resource Economics, Berlin (Germany)


Visiting scholar at Cairo University, Faculty of Civil Engineering Cairo, Egypt



Experienced Researcher

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research- UFZ, Leipzig (Germany)




Policies of Sustainable Water Resource Management for Urban Uses (awarded grade of excellent)
Department of Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences, Athens (Greece)


Guest Junior Researcher

Institute for Regional Planning and Structural Development (IRS), Erkner - Berlin (Germany)


Junior Researcher

Institute of Urban Environment and Human Resources (UEHR), Athens (Greece)


Lecturer and Consultant on Environmental and Sustainability Issues

Public and Private Vocational Training Institutes, Athens (Greece)


M.B.A in Environmental Management        
Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool, Liverpool (United Kingdom)


Ptychio in Statistics and Insurance Sciences (Economics)  
Department of Statistics and Insurance Science, University of Piraeus, Piraeus (Greece)


Selected Publications

Dresse, A., Fischhendler, I., Østergaard Nielsen, J. and D. Zikos (2018): Environmental peacebuilding: Towards a theoretical framework, Cooperation and Conflict, First Published Online November 9, 2018, 1–21, DOI: 10.1177/0010836718808331

Roßner, R. and Zikos D. (2018): The role of homogeneity and heterogeneity among resource users on Water Governance - Lessons learnt from an economic field experiment on irrigation. Water Economics and Policy.

Pham L., Otto I. Zikos D. (2018): Self-governance and the Effects of Rules in Irrigation Systems: Evidence from Laboratory and Framed Field Experiments in China, India and Vietnam. Water Economics and Policy.

Zikos, D. and Hagedorn, K (2016): Competition for Water Resources from the European Perspective,  in J.R. Ziolkowska, J.M. Peterson, editors. Competition for Water Resources: Experiences and Management Approaches in the US and Europe. Elsevier: Cambridge, MA.

Zikos, D., Sorman, A., Lau, M. (2015): Beyond water security: asecuritisation and identity in Cyprus. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 15(3):309-326. ​

​Bhuv​anachithra C.,Janssen M.,Rommel J. and​ ​ Zikos D. (2014): Commuters' Mode Choice as a Coordination Problem: A Framed Field Experiment on Traffic Policy in Hyderabad, India. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 65:9-22

Zikos, D. and Thiel, A. (2013) Action Research's potential to foster institutional change for urban water management, Water, 5:356-378.

Zikos , D. and Roggero, D. (2012): The Patronage of Thirst: Exploring Institutional Fit on a Divided Cyprus. Ecology & Society, 18(2): 25




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • Since 2013: Advanced Empirical Methodology for Socio-Ecological Systems' Analysis. M.Sc Integrated Natural Resource Management, M.Sc International Masters on Rural Development
  • 2013-2014: Capacity Building for Community Based Management of Natural Resources to Promote Food Security and Health – the case of the Ilaló and Chiche River Basin, Ecuador (interdisciplinary student project within the Msc programmes IMRD, INRM, Agricultural Economics).

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

  • Since 2015: Environmental and Resource Economics.M.A International and Development Economics

  • Since 2016: Research Methods in Economics.M.A International and Development Economics


Other Activities

Grants and Awards

  • 2015: Recipient of an one-month grant for teaching in Cairo University under the Fatima Al Fihri- Erasmus programme.
  • January 2008 - February 2010: Marie Curie Research Fellowship (post doc) at UFZ, Leipzig
  • June 2009 - November 2009: Research Grant from the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Cyprus Centre.
  • October 2006 - July 2007: Research grant for Young Academics and Scientists from DAAD.


  • Member of the the International Association for The Study of the Commons ▪ Member of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.
  • Member of the European Society of Ecological Economics.
  • Member of the Hellenic Economic Chamber.
  • Founding member of the Network for the Water Resource Management of Magnesia Prefecture.
  • Member of the Hellenic Association on Water Resource Management.
  • Member of the Hellenic Society for the Study and the Protection of the Mediterranean Monk Seal.

Scientific Competencies

  • Reviewer for Environmental Policy and Governance Journal (regularly) and sporadically in others.
  • Co-Editor of the Emerging Megacities and of the Designing Social Institutions in Transition discussion paper series.
  • Policy oriented research experience and involvement in applied projects.
  • Author of policy documents and presenter/discussant at numerous meetings with policy makers and politicians (e.g. with water utility of Athens, political leadership in Cyprus, decision makers in Hyderabad-India).

Methodological Competencies

  • Participatory Action researcher and initiator of participatory procedures, aiming at initiating bottom-up changes in dominant governance structures and resolving or preventing conflicts.
  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed research method competencies.
  • Field research in different settings (urban/ rural, EU/ non-EU, local/regional/national/international).
  • Multiple methods and experimental techniques, including policy experiments, role playing games, simulations, vision development exercises. Constantly learning about more approaches (e.g. virtual water).