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.


11.10.2019 | Award
For his findings on ‘Inequality and the Value of Nature’ Jasper Meya, PostDoc in the Biodiversity Economics Group, receives the Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-prize for outstanding dissertations at the Thaer-Institut of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

09.10.2019 | Report
German fishermen’s scepticism towards EU impedes compliance with its regulations

Game of chance experiment: In a relationship with an unpopular regulator, the truth is somewhat elastic.

22.08.2019 | Report
Small-scale fisheries’ large contribution to food security

Report by Kira Lancker, PostDoc Biodiversity Economics at iDiv and UL, and first author of two new publications in Food Policy and PLoS ONE.

01.08.2019 | Research Projects
Start FOCUS Project

FOCUS aims to globally assess the economic effects of climate change on marine ecosystem services and agriculture.

...more Information.

18.03.2019 | Interview
Risks and Chances of Geoengineering

Interview with Prof Martin Quaas (iDiv) about risks and chances of geoengineering (in German), Radio Blau


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

Postal adress

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig


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