Short description of research activities in CRC 990:
In C04, I calculate carbon footprints of households in Indonesia and extend the analysis to the production side of agricultural households. Understanding these greenhouse gas (GHG) emission implications of production decisions can provide valuable insights into the climate mitigation potential of agriculture. Beyond this GHG-income relationship, the trade-off between production, income and ecological functions in the context of palm oil certification is my major research object. An impact evaluation of oil palm certification schemes in the study area of Jambi will shed some light on these trade-offs.
The quest for balance between ecological functions and human development also dominates my work in B10. Being an economist by training, I work with my colleagues from the Department of Ecosystem Modelling to equip a MAS/LUCC model (multi-agent system model of land-use and land-cover change) with empirically verified socioeconomic functions. Introducing estimated, heterogeneous consumption and production decisions of households can improve the quality of simulations and serve as a building block to insightful ecological-economic modelling exercises.