• 09.03.

    Food for Justice

    Women from every corner occupy Brasilia: the Marcha das Margaridas

    New article by Prof. Renata Motta and Dr. Marco Texeira about the activities of the Marcha das Margaridas in 2019.

    Article is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • 13.02.


    Special Issue in Environmental Research Letters published

    The issue “Focus on Leakage: Informing Land-Use Governance in a Tele-coupled World” explores new ways to put tools and data to work towards improving our understanding of direct and indirect land-use change caused by governance interventions.

    Patrick Meyfroidt, Jan Boerner, Rachael Garrett, Toby Gardner, Javier Godar, Krisztina Kis-Katos, Britaldo Soares-Filho and Sven Wunder

    Governing land use to achieve sustainable outcomes is challenging, because land systems manifest complex land use spillovers – i.e. processes by which land use changes or direct interventions in land use (e.g., policy, program, new technologies) in one place have impacts on land use in another place. The ERL issue “Focus on Leakage: Informing Land-Use Governance in a Tele-coupled World” builds on discussions in an international expert workshop conducted in Berlin in November 2017 to explore innovative ways to improve our understanding of how governance interventions, new technologies and other factors can affect land-use change both directly and indirectly through spillovers. This editorial starts by clarifying the definitions and relationships between land-use spillover, indirect land use change (iLUC) – a form of spillover where land use change in one place is caused by land use change in another place – leakage – a form of land use spillover, which is caused by an environmental policy (e.g., a conservation or restoration intervention), and the spillover reduces the overall benefits and effectiveness of this intervention -, and displacement processes. We then use this terminology to summarize the individual contributions of this special issue and conclude with lessons learned as well as directions for future research.

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  • 22.11.


    TRAFOBIT has involved in an international exchange with ANET-Lab and University College Dublin

    In October, a TRAFOBIT member Milad Abbasiharofteh spent two weeks in Budapest to collaborate on a new joint project on the driving forces of incremental and radical inventions in European regions. During his research stay, Milad also co-organised a workshop in ANET-Lab (the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and discussed the ongoing projects of TRAFOBIT.

  • 06.11.


    TRANSECT Kick-off Workshop at HNE Eberswalde

    On October 21 and 22, 2019 the Kick-off Workshop of the junior research group TRANSECT took place at HNEE forest campus. While the first day of the workshop was dedicated to past and current agricultural transformations, the second one highlighted future thematical and methodological pathways in the TRANSECT context.

    After opening remarks by Michael Spies and two professors from the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Martin Welp and Pierre Ibisch, participants provided glimpses into their work and gave thus important access points and food for thought for our research: Irna Hofman from University of Oxford presented her research work on Chinese farming in Tajikistan, posing important methodological questions of how Chinese engagement can be adequately grasped while avoiding generalisations. Based on his long-standing expertise, Martin Petrick from Gießen University demonstrated the added value of social science with regard to agricultural change across Central Asia. Nazia Yasmin from Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Potsdam elaborated upon household-based bioeconomy solutions in Pakistan, focusing on her work on micro-level biogas production from livestock manure. more

  • 05.11.

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Blog post: „Contested Energy Territories in the Post-carbon Transitions: Considerations from Two Cases of Wind-energy Production in Mexico and Italy“

    Blog post by Rosa Lehmann and Samadhi Lipari more

  • 21.10.

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    „Towards an advanced bioeconomy? Sino-Brazilian trade in the era of decarbonization“

    Presentation at the Kick-Off Workshop of the BMBF Junior Research Group TRANSECT Agrarian Transformations and Social-Ecological Complexities – Local Bioeconomy Scenarios in Central and South Asia, 21.-22.10.2019