Head of the Division Resource Economics and Director of the Berlin Institute for Co-operative Studies
Professor Konrad Hagedorn (Dipl.-Ing. agr., Dr. sc. agr., Dr. habil., Dr. h.c.) is a leading Resource and Institutional Economist worldwide. He is Head of the Division Resource Economics and Director of the Berlin Institute for Co-operative Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin. He has over 30 years worth of experience as a researcher, teacher, policy advisor and consultant in resource economics, institutional economics, transaction cost economics and economics of transition and evolution. He is an expert in institutional analysis of agricultural and rural policies. His research emphasizes the driving forces and outcomes of institutional change and political reforms and focuses on the political and institutional aspects of natural resources and environmental protection.
Professor Hagedorn's interest is oriented towards the development of theoretical and empirical approaches that are able to improve the understanding and the design of institutions required for sustainable resource and environmental management. He further developed conceptual and analytical frameworks for analyzing institutional and structural change in agriculture known as "Institutions of Sustainability (IoS)". The IoS approach highlights the role of actors and transactions as determining factors for the development of institutions and governance structures. This concept is in the process of being further developed by exploring the role of "Integrative and Segregative Institutions (ISI)" for the governance of natural resource use and management. Another module recently added to the design of the framework deals with the specificities of nature-related transactions and the resulting quest for institutional diversity and polycentric governance.
Professor Hagedorn has extensively published in the area institutional resource economics and institutional analysis of agricultural, resource and environmental governance and the analysis of institutional and structural change in transition countries. He has long-standing experience with the coordination of and participation in multidisciplinary international research and training projects.