Maximilian Kardung is a Ph.D. candidate at the Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group, Wageningen University. Before this, he received his MSc degree in Urban Environmental Management with a specialization in Environmental Economics. For his MSc thesis, he worked with Wageningen Economic Research on the governance of natural areas in the Netherlands.
Currently, he is working under the supervision of Prof. Justus Wesseler (Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group) and Dr. Dusan Drabik (Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy group). His research focuses on measuring and monitoring the bioeconomy. The research employs quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the economic, social, and environmental impacts of transitioning from a fossil-based economy to a bio-based economy. This transition towards a bioeconomy is driven by trends in Technology and Innovation, Market Organization, Climate Change, Resource Availability, Consumer Demand, and Policy and Legislation. Maximilian aims to understand the influence of these driving forces, which is vital for measuring and monitoring the development of the bioeconomy.
He is working in the EU Horizon 2020 project BioMonitor, which aims to establish a sustainable statistics and modelling framework for the bioeconomy.