German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Biodiversity Economics

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.


15.01.2024 | ValuGaps

Summer School "Economic Valuation of Natural Capital: From Theory to Practice"

08.–13. July 2024, International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm, Germany.

11.01.2024 | Interview

Environmental economist: "There is no justification for subsidising agricultural diesel"

Interview with Martin Quaas, head of Biodiversity Economics research group.

17.07.2023 | New Publication

The historical social cost of fossil and industrial CO2 emissions

New Publication by Wilfried Rickels, Felix Meier and Martin Quaas in Nature Climate Change.

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.


Head of Research Group; iDiv Speaker
Phone: mail to person +49 341 9733249
Administrative Assistant / ValuGaps Project Coordinator
Phone: mail to person +49 341 9733247

Postal adress

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Puschstrasse 4
04103 Leipzig


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