Research and teaching at the Chair focus on the application of economic knowledge to problems of environmental and resource management, in particular the preservation of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Methods and approaches include, among others, ecological-economic modelling, the development of decision support software, as well as stakeholder interviews and choice experiments.

Bachelor- and Mastertheses

Dear Students, if you are interested in writing a Bachelor- or Masterthesis at our chair, you can now find a list of possible thesis topics at our homepage. You are also invited to discuss a topic of your choice with us. In case of further interest, please contact us during consultation hours.


The next consultation hour with Prof. Wätzold: Tuesday, 21.3.23, 15.00 - 16.00 in LG 10/532. Please contact Regina Kirsche (

  • Publication: Markova-Nenova, Wätzold, and Sturm (2023): "Optimizing Agri-Environment Schemes for Cost-Effectiveness, Fairness or Both?", QOpen, qoad005, (Link)
  • Publication of Charlotte Gerling's PhD thesis "Economics of climate adaptation for biodiversity conservation - Ökonomie der Klimaanpassung zum Schutz der biologischen Vielfalt"  (Link)
  • Publication: Conte (and Wätzold) et al. (2023): "A Framework for Evaluating Mechanisms to Support Seasonal Migratory Species", Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 17(1) (Link)
  • Conference presentation by Astrid Sturm: "Wann, wo und wie? Ein softwarebasiertes Mehrebenen-Informationssystem zur Optimierung von Beweidungssystemen" at the GIL-Jahrestagung 2023, Osnabrück (Germany)
    • Publication: Sturm, Schöttker, Kadir, Wätzold (2023): Wann, wo und wie? Ein softwarebasiertes Mehrebenen-Informationssystem zur Optimierung von Beweidungssystemen. In Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) - Proceedings, Series of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) Volume P-330, Gesellschaft für Informatik, Bonn, 2023 (Link)
  • Working Paper: Markova-Nenova, Engler, Cord, Wätzold (2023): A Cost Comparison Analysis of Bird-Monitoring Techniques for Result-Based Payments in Agriculture. MPRA Paper No. 116311 (Link)