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.


17.09.2021 | Open Position

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in Biodiversity Economics: “Natural Capital Valuation”

iDiv's Biodiversity Economics Group seeks to find a Postdoctoral Researcher in Biodiversity Economics. Please find more information here.

14.09.2021 | Study with media response

„Tipping point realized in cod fishery”

The study published in „Scientific Reports“ by researchers from, among others, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig has created a lot of media response. Articles have been published in FAZ, Spiegel, Taz, Tagesschau and Bild and MDR has even produced a radio report. The core message of the study is that the cod population of the western Baltic Sea has exceeded a tipping point, which makes it unlikely for the population to recover. The researchers argue that this situation is caused by overfishing as well as increased temperatures resulting of climate change.

22.06.2021 | Video

Video talks at the annual science conference of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

For the participation in the #ICESASC2021 we have created video talks. Watch Rudi Voss' video on the "Brave New Baltic" here and Hanna Schenk's video on the "Economic management of fish populations under fisheries-induced evolution" here.

14.06.2021 | Minisymposium

Minisymposium at the annual conference of the Society for Mathematical Biology

We are organising a minisymposium at #SMB2021 on "Translational effects of trait changes in aquatic ecosystems". With talks by Ken Haste Andersen, Andrea Campos Candela, Maite Erauskin and Hanna Schenk. More information can be found here.

03.06.2021 | Workshop

International Expert Workshop: Uncertainty and Distribution in Natural Capital Valuation

The Biodiversity Economics Group hosts the International Expert Workshop on Uncertainty and Distribution in Natural Capital Valuation (28 – 29 June, 2 pm – 6:30 pm [CEST]) as part of the ValuGaps project. Presentations can be followed online. The workshop program can be found here.

31.05.2021 | Conference

World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling 2021

The #WCNRM2021 is taking place (virtually) at iDiv. From 1st - 4th June researchers from around the globe will share their research on "Tipping ecological-economic systems towards sustainability". With Keynotes from Steve Carpenter, Yunne Shin, Marie Riekhof and Camilla Sguotti. More information can be found here.

19.03.2021 | Open Position

Junior Professor (f/m/n) in Nature’s Values

The Faculty of Economics and Management Science of Leipzig University seeks to fill the junior professorship in Nature’s Values, funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States, from 1 April 2022. More information can be found here.

01.02.2021 | Report

COVID-19 in Germany: Results of panel survey available online

As part of our sustainability research, we are interested in how people make decisions under uncertainty and what their private contributions to public goods depend on. To this end, we analyse the natural experiment of the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 disease (COVID-19) in Germany. Individuals can contribute to public health by, for example, keeping physical distance or increasing their hygiene measures. To investigate these questions, we launched a panel survey with more than 3,000 participants in March 2020 and repeated it in August and December 2020. Selected survey results on income expectations, heterogeneity in vaccination readiness, support for infection control and return to "normality" are available interactively here.

22.06.2020 | Paper at SPIEGEL ONLINE
„Faktor Mensch“

Voluntary contact reductions would stabilize the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, but at higher rates of infection and death. Optimal regulation would substantially restrict physical social contacts at the beginning of the pandemic, well beyond the voluntary restrictions for self-protection and the protection of others. SPIEGEL ONLINE, one of the leading German newspapers, reports on the new study by Martin Quaas, Jasper Meya, Hanna Schenk (iDiv, UL) with co-authors from Kiel and Hamburg (press release). 


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

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


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