AGYA Member

Andreas Thiel

Environmental Studies

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Institutional Ecological Economics, Water and Land Use Governance, Climate Change Adaption

About me

Andreas Thiel is Einstein Junior Fellow and Professor of International Agricultural Policy at the University of Kassel:

My research topics are the institutionalization of collective action within social-ecological systems in the contexts of water governance in the EU and the MENA region, climate change adaptation and land use transformations. I was able to prove that the choices societies made on technology and infrastructure in the water sector are principally based on criteria to be analyzed with social science methods.

With generous support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I and my team are establishing a social water studies initiative for the MENA region. The AGYA provides an ideal platform to get in contact with like-minded people from the region with whom to work on the realization of a Social Water Studies Program for the MENA region and who can enrich our program with scientific expertise.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Energy, Water and Environment  and Transformation
  • TransResScale: The scalar organisation of environmental governance: theorizing and evaluating the transformation of water and marine governance in the EU
  • econCCadapt: the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation: Integrating economic models and institutional analysis at different levels; Project Leaders: Prof Konrad Hagedorn, Prof Andreas Thiel
  • Entitle – Network of Political Ecology (

Academic Career

2013 Habilitation in Resource Economics, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture (FoAH), Humboldt University of Berlin (HU); Germany
2012 - Visiting Professor for Environmental Governance, FoAH, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, HU; Germany
2007 - 2012 Lecturer, Division of Resource Economics, FoAH, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, HU; Germany
2007 Research Fellow, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Seville), Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
2005 - 2006 Research & Teaching Fellow, Division of Resource Economics, Dept. of Agricultural Economics & Social Sciences, HU; Germany
2005 PhD, Oxford Brookes University; United Kingdom
2001 - 2005 PhD student & part-time teaching, Oxford Brookes University; UK
2000 M. Sc., European Environmental and Spatial Planning Distinction, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
2000 M. Sc. Economics (Diplom Volkswirt), Technical University of Berlin; Germany

Selected Publications


  • Thiel, A., Adamseged, M. E. & Baake, C. (2015). Evaluating an instrument for institutional crafting: how Ostrom's Social-ecological Systems Framework is applied. Environmental Science and Policy.
  • Thiel, A. (2015). Constitutional state structure and scalar re-organisation of natural resource governance: the transformation of polycentric water governance in Spain, Portugal and Germany. Land Use Policy.
  • Thiel, A. (2014). Developing an analytical framework for reconstructing the scalar reorganisation of water governance as institutional change: the case of Southern Spain. Ecological Economics.

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