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Chair Groups belonging to the Section Economics
Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy
The main research focus of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group (AEP) is the economic analysis of agriculture, food and rural areas.
Special attention is given to: • production, trade, processing and consumption of agricultural and food products • the development of rural areas • agricultural, rural and food policies • institutional and organisational aspects of agriculture and rural areas.
The mission of the Development Economics Group (DEC) is to contribute to an improved understanding of the processes of sustainable development, institutions, conflict and poverty alleviation. To this end, DEC selects teaching material and focuses on research that can shed light on the dynamics of factor productivity and resource use in developing countries.
The Environmental Economics Group (ENR) focuses at the economic analysis of national and international environmental problems, such as climate change, water management, biotechnology, and biodiversity. The aim is to contribute to a better understanding of these problems and to identify possible solutions, including policy recommendations.
The mission of the Economic and Environmental History Group (RHI) is to offer temporal depth to societal debates and social theories on sustainable and equitable welfare development. We apply comparative historical methods to better understand long-term patterns of interdependence between people, institutions and environments. Our empirical work builds on a combination of qualitative sources and large statistical datasets, which we construct from historical archives across the globe. Our current research projects focus on Africa, Asia and Western Europe (c. 1500-2000).
The number of people living in urban environments is increasing rapidly. The mission of the Urban Economics (UEC) group is to contribute to more resilient cities in terms of social equality, economic advantages and environmental quality. Therefore, UEC focusses on two main themes: sustainable consumption and urban-rural interactions. We use insights from general-, urban- and behavioural economics to improve the understanding of consumer and household decision making concerning sustainability, health and well-being and the impacts at the individual, urban and regional level.