Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993 – 1995
    Studied agricultural ecology at the University of Rostock, Germany

  • 1995 – 1996
    Studied agricultural ecology and anthropology at the University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia, USA

  • 1996 – 2000
    Studied general agriculture at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2000 – 2003
    Lecturer in the Department of Resource Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

  • 2003 – 2004
    Liaison manager of a consortium for acquiring outside funding in the Department of Resource Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2004
    Doctorate in agriculture from the Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2005
    Visiting researcher at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, Indiana University, USA (Prof. Elinor Ostrom)

  • 2006 – 2008
    Lecturer in the Department of Resource Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin

  • Since 2007
    Research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), Halle, Germany. Created and organised the "Institutions and natural resources" research section

  • 2010
    Visiting researcher at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, Indiana University, USA (Prof. Elinor Ostrom)

  • 2013
    Habilitation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • Since 2014
    Professor (W2) of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Selected publications

  • Dufhues, T., Theesfeld, I. and G. Buchenrieder (2014). The Political Economy of Decentralization in Thailand: How Past and Present Decentralization Affects rural Actors’ Participation European Journal of Development Research. doi: 10.1057/ejdr.2014.68

  • Prazan, J. and I. Theesfeld (2014). The role of agri-environmental contracts in saving biodiversity in the post-socialist Czech Republic. International Journal of the Commons, 8(1): 1-25.

  • Theesfeld, I. and A. MacKinnon (2014). Giving birds a starting date: The curious social solution to a water resource issue in the U.S. West. Ecological Economics, 97(0): 110-119.

  • Sandberg, A., Theesfeld, I. Schlüter, A., Penov, I. and V. Dirimanova (2013). Commons in a changing Europe. International Journal of the Commons, 7(1): 1-6.

  • Theesfeld, I. and C. Schleyer (2013). Germany’s Light Version of Integrated Water Resource Management. Environmental Policy and Governance, 23(2): 130-144.

  • Schmidt, O., Theesfeld, I. (2012). Elite Capture in Local Fishery Management. Post-socialist Experiences from Albania. In: International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (IJARGE), 9(3/4): 103-120.

  • Bues, A. and I. Theesfeld (2012). Water Grabbing and the Role of Power: Shifting Water Governance in the Light of Agricultural Foreign Direct Investment. Water Alternatives, 5(2): 266-263.

  • Labar, K, Dirimanova, V. and I. Theesfeld (2012). The Role of Bulgaria’s Extension Service in Supporting the CAP. Outlook on Agriculture, 41(1): 21-25.

  • Schleyer, C. and I. Theesfeld (2011). Agrar- und Umweltpolitiken aus institutioneller Sicht: eine Ex-ante Methode zur Politikbewertung. German Journal of Agricultural Economics, 60(3): 186-199

  • Theesfeld, I.(2011). Perceived Power Resources in Situations of Collective Action. In: Water Alternatives 4(1): 86-103.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • KULUNDA – How to prevent the next "Global Dust Bowl"? Ecological and Economic Strategies for Sustainable Land Management in the Russian Steppes: A Potential Solution to Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Project

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project: Institutional analysis of decentralisation and options of stakeholders for participation in agro-rural policy design

  • German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) project: Water as a geo-resource and the challenge of global change. Study on institutional requirements for integrated resource management in Germany

  • Climate change and development project for the German Institute of Developmental Policy: Best practice adaptation strategies of water bureaucracies in developed countries

  • SEAMLESS (System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling; Linking European Science and Society) project, funded by the EU's 6th Research Framework Programme

  • CEESA (Sustainable Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe) project, funded by the EU's 5th Research Framework Programme

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Council member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC),, 2013 – 2018

  • Steering Committee of the KULUNDA project “Kulunda – How to prevent the next Global Dust Bowl? – Ecological and Economic Strategies for Sustainable Land Management in the Russian Steppes", 2011 – 2016

  • Scientific board, 3rd European IASC Conference held in Umeå, Sweden, 2014 Appointed member of the “SES-Club” founded by Prof. Elinor Ostrom, since 2012

  • Chair of the European IASC Conference 2011 (International Association for the Study of the Commons)

  • Member of the climate adaptation working group, senate of German federal research institutes within the operational division of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), since 2010

  • Member of the organising committee for the IAMO Forum 2010 Institutions in Transition: Challenges for New Modes of Governance, 16th – 18th June 2010, Halle, Germany

  • Creation and coordination of the "New Challenges for the Management of Shared Water Resources" research group, in conjunction with the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, Indiana University, USA, since 2008

  • Scientific advisory board of the PONA junior research group in socio-ecology (Policies on Shaping Nature), 2008 – 2011

  • Active member of the NIÖ network (New Institutional Economics in Northeastern Germany), since 2006. Organiser of the 2009 network meeting in Halle, Germany

  • Academic review committee, XI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property, Bali, Indonesia, 18th – 23rd June 2006


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