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Land Use Decisions in the Spatial and System Context

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Land use decisions are made by different actors and stakeholders at different levels depending on the spatial and system context. The working group Land Use Decisions in the Spatial and System Context (DESCO) focusses on the analytical combination of knowledge on determinants, processes and path-dependencies of land use decisions at the level of individual farms and the landscape as well as on necessary methodological and theoretical developments. In particular, this includes the consideration of societal land use demands in light of the natural and socio-economic conditions and challenges, stakeholder constellations as well as incentives for land use decisions. One focus of our research is on the analysis of different conditions and needs in cities and rural areas, whereby the working group develops methodological approaches to describe spatial impact relationships between natural and socio-economic systems.

Central research questions are: How do different spatio-temporal scales and system boundaries shape the determinants of land use change? What are the interactions between the determinants and what patterns do they follow? How, for example, do the conditions for and demand for land use services change in the urban-rural context? How do they affect the innovative ability of production and value chains?



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Head of working group

Dr. Annette Piorr
T +49 (0)33432 82-222



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