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Prof. Dr.Franz Gatzweiler

Executive Director

Franz Gatzweiler studied Agricultural Science at Bonn University and International Agricultural Economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His doctoral research topic at Humboldt University was on the “Nature of Economic Value”. He received stipends from the German academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), and was visiting scholar at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis in 2003. He teaches courses at the faculty of Life Sciences of the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the University of Bonn. Franz Gatzweiler’s research interests lie at the intersection of ecological, economic and social systems and cover problems of value in complex socio-ecological systems, institutional change in polycentric organization, marginality and technology innovations for productivity growth in rural development, co-production of science and fractal organization theory. Currently Franz Gatzweiler is executive director of the global interdisciplinary programme on “Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Analysis Approach”, sponsored by the International Council of Science (ICSU), the United Nations University (UNU) and the Interacademy Medical Panel (IAMP).

Selected Publications

  • 2013 Gatzweiler Franz W., and Hagedorn Konrad (2013) Biodiversity and Cultural Ecosystem Services. In: Levin S.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, Volume 1, pp. 332-340. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.
  • 2013 (with Pushpam Kumar, Eduardo Brondizio, Franz Gatzweiler, John Gowdy, Dolf de Groot, Unai Pascual, Belinda Reyers and Pavan Sukhdev) The economics of ecosystem services: from local analysis to national policies. Curr Opin Environ Sustain, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2013.02.001
  • 2014 Reframing the value of nature: biological value and institutional homeostasis. Environmental Values 23: 275-296, doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181392
  • 2014 (with Joachim von Braun, eds) Marginality. Addressing the nexus of poverty, exclusion and ecology. Dortdrecht: Springer Open Book
  • 2014 Value, institutional complementarity and variety in coupled socio-ecological systems. Ecosystem Services. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.004

List of publications

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