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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Land use change

A project to focus the change of land use due to the constant spreading of regenerative energies in rural Brandenburg

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Matthias Heyde

The project “Land use change” does not want to conceptualize this land use change as a restricted and separated topic, but as influenced by its ties to Berlin as the local center and its dependencies to regional, national and European structures of governance.

To conduct the research, a local case study is planned to do fieldwork and to examine the local basis of the so-called “Energiewende” (energy transition), with its influence on the emergence of energetic autonomy and especially social structures, e.g. with ethnographic methods such as participant observation. Furthermore, soil samples and an analysis of satellite images that might show changes in the structures of land use will be applied.

As field work has its own logic, specific needs and problems in the chosen case study have to be included in a research that tries to deal with the specific instead of the purely general.

The group consists of six students from different disciplines (Geography, Agronomy and European Ethnology) and different stages of their studies.