Dr. rer. nat. Fabian Thomas
School of Business Administration and
Tel: +49 541 969 3831
Fax: +49 541 969 2599
When and why do people behave in environmentally friendly ways, and how can we foster these types of behaviours in a targeted manner? Much of my research addresses these questions in the context of agriculture. I am interested in the psychological, economic, social and institutional factors affecting environmentally relevant decisions of farmers and their implications for the design of effective agricultural policies. For this purpose, I mainly use the methods and concepts of experimental economics and behavioural economics.
With a training as a biologist and environmental systems scientist, I understand myself as an interdisciplinary scholar and try to increase the relevance of my research through inter- and transdisciplinary exchange. In my reserach, I therefore try to build bridges to social and environmental psychology, environmental and ecological economics, agroecology, rural sociology and agricultural policy, and in general to systems science and tranformation research.
A major concern of mine is the exchange with decision-makers, practitioners and stakeholders. I believe that without a two-way communication of science and scientific evidence, the potential for change all too often remains unused.
Since 2019 and together with my family, I live on a farm with horse husbandry.