The Biodiversity Economics research group aims at improving the scientific basis for establishing sustainability in human-nature relationships. Main areas of research are the sustainable use of renewable natural resources (e.g. marine fish stocks, rangelands, forests) and the conservation of biodiversity from regional to global scales. We study how economic incentives shape human behaviour towards nature, how sustainability – understood as justice in human-nature relationships – can be conceptualized, and how economic policy instruments could contribute to this. Our methodical expertise comprises quantitative ecological-economic modelling, dynamic optimization, statistics, economic experiments, conceptual modelling, and approaches from game theory and capital theory. Our research group is internationally well connected. We engage in integrative interdisciplinary research with natural and social scientists and researchers from the humanities.
17.03.2023 | Call for abstracts
7th Workshop on Age-structured Models in Natural Resource Economics
We invite presentations for the seventh workshop on age-structured models in natural resource economics.Both theoretical and empirical studies are welcome that integrate state-of-the-art ecological models and economics in fisheries, forestry, game, and related fields. Please submit an abstract by April 7, 2023.
16.03.2023 | Media Release
How fishermen benefit from reversing evolution of cod
Under long-term fisheries management, evolutionary change, that has resulted in smaller maturation sizes, can be reversed profitably.
16.03.2023 | New Publication
The Economics of reversing fisheries-induced evolution
New Publication by Hanna Schenk, Fabian Zimmermann and Martin Quaas in Nature Sustainability.
24.02.2023 | New Publication
Information processing in stated preference surveys: A case study on urban gardens
New Publication by Malte Wellinga, Julian Sagebiel and Jens Rommel in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (JEEM).
23.02.2023 | New Publication
The Value of Naturalness of Urban Green Spaces: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment
New Publication by Julia Bronnmann, Veronika Liebelt, Fabian Marder, Jasper Meya and Martin Quaas in Land Economics.
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig