Dr. Maria Proestou

Research associate

Maria Proestou is a research associate at WINS and in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) since February 2017. Her current research focuses on the transition to bioeconomy and particularly the governance of bioeconomy development towards agricultural structural diversity. Maria completed her PhD in the Division of Resource Economics at HU Berlin. She holds a MSc in Integrated Natural Resource Management with a specialization in environmental sociology from HU Berlin and a MSc in Crop Science from Agricultural University of Athens. She has worked as lecturer and supervisor at HU Berlin, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin and Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Her fields of expertise include socio-economics of wind energy and bioeconomy development, land-use conflicts, institutions of and within rural communities, and qualitative research methods. She is interested in studying socio-spatial and socio-economic dimensions of energy transitions and land-use changes, urban-rural dynamics, and the role of habits in shaping decision making within human-environment interactions.

Selected publications

  • Proestou, M. (2017). Interlinking institutions, habits and intuitions – An analytical framework for socio-environmental interactions. In preparation for submission to the Journal of Institutional Economics.
  • Proestou, M. (2016). Understanding societies beyond economics: Wind energy development on the Greek island of Amorgos in times of neoliberalism. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin.
  • Proestou, M. (2010). Urteilsbildungen bei der Implementierung von Windenergie verstehen. Institutionen und Gepflogenheiten am Beispiel der Insel Amorgos. In: T. Christ, A. Gellrich & T. Ide (eds.), Zugänge zur Klimadebatte in Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Psychologie, Metropolis, Marburg.

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