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Insa Theesfeld

Dr. Insa Theesfeld is an agricultural economist, specialized in institutional economics and resource economics. She received her doctorate degree from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2005. Her research fields compose the fit between policies foreseen to be implemented and the institutional arrangements in place and the creation of institutional arrangements by communities to govern their use of renewable natural resources at different scales. She has a strong methodological interest in institutional and policy analysis with a focus on power and leadership issues. Besides, a significant strand of her work has explored water resource management issues. She was a visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis in 2005 and 2010. Since 2007, she is leading the research team “Institutions and Natural Resource Management” at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe in Halle, Germany and teaches at the Humboldt University Berlin.
She is a member of the Social-Ecological Systems Club, a scholar group in multiple locations initiated and led for several years by Lin Ostrom. The development of the Socio-Ecological Systems Framework and the integration of Socio-Technical System requirements into that is at its core and is likewise of high interest to many IASC academic scholars and practitioners handling concrete but complex socio-ecological questions.

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