Caterina De Petris

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Raum: LG 10 / 533k
Email: depetris(at)

Consultation hours Caterina De Petris, M.Sc.

Caterina De Petris

on request
room: LG10 / 533 k

Field of Research

Agri-environment schemes (AES), payments for ecosystem services (PES), environmental federalism, biodiversity conservation, ecological-economic modelling, agent-based modelling (ABM)

  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Land and Biodiversity Conservation Management
  • Business Administration
Curriculum Vitae


From 10/2019 to 10/2021
M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics
Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

From 10/2016 to 08/2019
B.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Management
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

From 08/2018 to 01/2019
Exchange Semester
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem), Budapest, Hungary


From 04/2021 to 07/2021
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Department of Ecological Modelling
Project title: Effects of bounded rationality in landowner behaviour on the dynamics of agglomeration payment schemes
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Drechsler

Relevant work experience

From 10/2021 to 12/2021
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., USA
Position: External collaborator
Task: Data Analysis Consultancy
Project: Joint project by CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and CGIAR Research Program Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)

From 12/2020 to 03/2021
Position: Student assistant
Employer: Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
Chair of Economics, in particular Environmental Economics, Cottbus, Germany


From 01/2021 to 12/2021
Participation in an intervention for improving community groundwater governance in Ethiopia
Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., USA

Publications and Presentations
  • Paper: ElDidi, H., Zhang, W., Blackmore, I., Gelaw, F., De Petris, C., Teka, N., Yimam, S., Mekonnen, D., Ringler, C., & Meinzen-Dick, R. (2024). Getting Ahead of the Game: Experiential Learning for Groundwater Governance in Ethiopia.International Journal of the Commons, 18(1), pp. 66–81. (Link)
  • Report: Contribution to the report "Strengthening Water Governance and Collective Action Through Groundwater Games" (Link)
  • Poster: "Environmental federalism and agri-environment schemes: is there more to centralization than uniform policies?", ECEM 2023 - European Conference on Ecological Modelling, Leipzig (06.09.2023) (Link)
  • Conference presentation: "Environmental federalism, agri-environment schemes and multiple species conservation: is there more to centralization than uniform policies?" at the XXIV annual BIOECON conference in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 31st August - 1st September 2023