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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Projects | IRI THESys | People | Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn

Member (IRI THESys), Senior Professor in the Division of Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Director of the Berlin Institute of Cooperative Studies
  • Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems
  • Political Economy, Institutional Change and Collective Action
  • Societies and Economies in Path-breaking Transition Processes


“Individual and collective human behaviour is socially constructed by institutions (sets of rules, norms, conventions and entitlements) which are put into practice by modes and forms of organisation (governance structures needed to make institutions effective). Institutions which regularize interaction and transactions between human actors that are mediated through ecological systems are often particular because such processes are of low modularity and decomposability and high complexity and interconnectedness. Therefore understanding and crafting institutions of sustainability for social-ecological systems requires new ways of knowledge generation which are explored in WINS. Konrad Hagedorn


Konrad Hagedorn is Senior Professor in the Division of Resource Economics and director of the Institute of Co-operative Studies at Humboldt University. He was a member of IRI THESys and the initiator of WINS, senior fellow in the Department of Economic and Technological Change of the Center for Development Research in Bonn, Germany, and affiliated faculty at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. His main areas of interest are environmental and resource economics, political economy and institutional analysis as well as the development of cooperatives and post-socialist transition processes. In numerous research projects, for example on sustainable agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe, soil conservation policies in the European Union, and climate change and energy efficiency in the emerging megacity of Hyderabad, he has shown the relevance of an institutional perspective on social-ecological systems. He developed research heuristics and advanced theories on “Institutions of Sustainability” and introduced the concept of “Integrative and Segregative Institutions”.


Selected publications

Thiel, A.; Schleyer, C.; Hinkel, J.; Schluter, M.; Hagedorn, K.; Bisaro, S.; Bobojonov, I.; Hamidov, A. (2016): Transferring Williamson's discriminating alignment to the analysis of environmental governance of social-ecological interdependence, Ecological Economics, 128, 159-168. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.04.018.

Zikos, D.; Hagedorn, K. (2016). Competition for water resources from the European Perspective. In: Competition for water resources: Experiences and management approaches in the US and Europe. Ziolkowska, J.R.; Peterson, J.M. (eds.). Cambridge, MA., Elsevier.

Hagedorn, K. (2015): Can the concept of integrative and segregative institutions contribute to the framing of institutions of sustainability?, Sustainability, 7, 584-611. doi: 10.3390/su7010584.

Hagedorn, K. (2014): Post-socialist farmers' cooperatives in Central and Eastern Europe, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 85, 555-577. doi: 10.1111/apce.12051.

Kirschke, D.; Bokelmann, W.; Hagedorn, K.; Hüttel, S. (2014). Wieviel Markt und wieviel Regulierung braucht eine nachhaltige Agrarentwicklung?, Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster-Hiltrup.


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