Andreas Thiel

Andreas Thiel (Ph.D. Oxford Brookes University) has recently been appointed as Temporary Professor for Environmental Governance at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, funded by the Einstein Foundation, Berlin. Previously, he worked as Lecturer and Researcher at the Division of Resource Economics in the same faculty and at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS – Agrilife Unit) of the European Commission. He holds degrees in Economics (TU Berlin) and in European Environmental and Spatial Planning (Oxford Brookes University).

Conceptual interests are the role of institutions and the transformation of governance in Social-Ecological Systems, which together establish the subarea of Institutional Ecological Economics. In this regard he is specifically interested in developing methodological tools for governance research further. In his PhD work Andreas worked on the transformation of water and coastal management on the Iberian Peninsula.


His post-doc project addressed the transformation of water and marine governance in the European Union as outcome of changes in the European regulatory framework. As part of it he undertook several long-term visits to the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, Bloomington. Current research interests concern the role of the state and scale in the transformation of agri-environmental, water and marine management. In this context, Andreas tightly cooperates with researchers across Europe and in the US in order to develop his projects further.