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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Dimitrios Zikos

Postdoctoral Researcher
Institutional Change and Conflicts in Transformation Contexts


  • Conflict and Cooperation on Natural Resources
  • Study of the Commons
  • Institutional, Resource, and Experimental Economics


"Since the 1990’s Washington Consensus, the view of international development organisations has changed significantly towards “failed” states. This view largely recognises the importance of institutions for successful reforms and has provided a prominent role to institutional change to resolve acute problems post-colonial, post-socialist and – recently post-“European” countries have been facing. But to what extent and in what ways have imposed institutional changes transformed relationships between humans and nature and how have they resolved or contributed towards conflicts over natural resources in transformative contexts?" Dimitris Zikos

Dimitris Zikos was a postdoctoral researcher at IRI THESys. He graduated from the University of Piraeus, Department of Statistics. Following, he completed an MBA on Environmental Management at the University of Liverpool, and then a PhD at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Dimitris conducted research from 2000 to 2006 in the Institute for Urban Environment and Human Resources in Athens, Greece. In 2006 he joined the Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) in Erkner and following (2008) the Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ) as experienced researcher. Since 2010 Dimitris coordinates research projects in the Division of Resource Economics, Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer Institute at the Humboldt-Universität, and teaches “Advanced Empirical Methodology for SES Analysis” in the Integrated Natural Resources Master programme.

Dimitris research focuses on the implicit study of conflict and cooperation on natural resources from an institutionalist perspective. Due to his academic background and due to the object under study, he follows an interdisciplinary approach while employing multiple quantitative and qualitative methods in the quest for understanding how competition on scarce natural resources evolves.

Since January 2017 Dimitris was also affiliated with IRI THESys and the research group “Transformations and uncertainties of land-water systems” under Prof. Tobias Krüger. As part of his research tasks, Dimitris conducted an Ambiguity Analysis in Cyprus. Ambiguity, as a problem framing condition, is investigated in order to reveal mechanisms influencing the implementation of sustainable water resource management.


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