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Dr. Marieke Baaken

School of Business Administration and
Environmental economics
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

Raum 66/E24
Tel: +49 541 969 2424
Fax: +49 541 969 2599

During my work as a postdoctoral researcher at the IUSF, I investigate various dimensions and key drivers of the global transition towards an environmentally sustainable world. The main goal of my research is to contribute to more ecological and social sustainability by gaining a deeper understanding of political, economic and societal actors‘ decision-making and behaviors as well as by investigating, identifying and testing efficient and innovative (behavioural) policy instruments. In particular, my main research focuses on farmers‘ decision-making and behavioral economic insights for sustainable agriculture.

In 2019 I started my interdisciplinary PhD in the graduate school AGRI-TRANSFORM (Leverage Points for the Transformation to an Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture) at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in the department Environmental Politics and at the Philipps-University Marburg in the working group Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. I graduated in 2019 from Georg-August University (GAU) Göttingen with a M.A. in International Economics and from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen with a M.Sc. in International Economics and Business. Before, I obtained a Bachelor in Economics and Cultural Anthropology from the GAU.

Furthermore, I am i) an economic consultant within the KfW project „Identifying and testing of (behavioural) interventions to improve household connections to the central wastewater system“ and ii) a visiting fellow at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland.

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  • ISEE - The International Society for Ecological Economics / ESEE - European Society for Ecological Economics 
  • REECAP - Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy
  • GEWISOLA - Society for Economic and Social Sciences in Agriculture
  • EAERE - European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

Research Interests

  • Behavioural & Experimental Economics
  • Economics of Sustainability & Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Agriculture


  • Qualitative content analysis
  • Mixed methods
  • Topic modelling
  • Regression analysis
  • Economic experiments

    Publications (peer-reviewed)

    Möckel, S.; Baaken, M.C.; Bartkowski, B.; Beckmann, M; Strauch, M; Stubenrauch, J; Volk, M.; et al. (2024). "Zukunftsfähige Agrarlandschaften in Deutschland - praktische Maßnahmen und ihre Wirksamkeit im Vergleich", Natur und Recht 46 13-24https://doi.org/10.1007/s10357-023-4282-y

    Baaken, M.C.; Bartkowski, B.; Rode, J. (2023). “Exploring farmers' support needs for the adoption of agri-environmental practices: An application of the Theoretical Domains Framework”, Environmental Research Communications 5 (11)https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/ad03b0

    Rommel, J.; Sagebiel, J.; Baaken, M.C.; Barreiro-Hurlé, J.; Bougherara, D.; Cembalo, L.; Cerjak, M.; et al. (2022). “Farmers' Risk Preferences in 11 European Farming Systems: A Multi-Country Replication of Bocquého Et Al. (2014)”, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 1– 26 45 (3), doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13330

    Wittstock, F.; Paulus, A.; Beckmann, M.; Hagemann, N.; Baaken, M.C. (2022). "Understanding farmers' decision-making on agri-environmental schemes: A case study from Saxony, Germany", Land Use Policy, 122 (November), doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106371

    Paulus, A.; Hagemann, N.; Baaken, M.C.; Roilo, S.; Segura, V.; Cord, A.F.; Beckmann, M. (2022). "Landscape context and farm characteristics are key to farmers' adoption of agri-environmental schemes", Land Use Policy, 121 (October), doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106320

    Möckel, S.; Baaken, M.C.; Bartkowski, B.; Henn, E.V.; Strauch, M.; Stubenrauch, J. (2022). Zukunftsfähige Agrarlandschaften in Deutschland – Ziele und Anforderungen aus ökologischer, ökonomischer und rechtlicher Sicht“, Natur und Recht, 44, 611-621, doi.org/10.1007/s10357-022-4073-x

    Baaken, M.C. (2022). Sustainability of agricultural practices in Germany: a literature review along multiple environmental domains, in: Regional Environmental Change, 22 (39), doi.org/10.1007/s10113-022-01892-5

    Publications (Other)

    Rossano-Rivero, S.; Baaken, T.; Orazbayeva, B.; Baaken, M.C.; Kiel, B.; Maas, G. (2019). Social Entrepreneurship and its competences, in: Advances in Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, and E-Services, IGI Global. 10.4018/978-1-5225-8939-6.ch006

    Baaken, T.; Kiel, B.; Rossano-Rivero, S.; Baaken, M.C.; Mass, G. (2016). Competencies in Entrepreneurship: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Higher Education from a New Angle, in: Handbook of Research in Social Entrepreneurship and Solidarity Economics, IGI Global. 10.4018/978-1-5225-0097-1.ch009

    Conference Papers/ Presentations

    Bartkowski, B.; Baaken, M.C.; Nagpal, M.; Sodoge, J.; Madruga de Brito, M. (2024). Sustainable agriculture discourses in Germany: a comparative analysis of large-scale text data, Presentation at EAERE 2024, 29th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Leuven, Belgium.

    Bartkowski, B.; Nagpal, M.; Baaken, M.C.; Chan, K.; Schneider, N.; Sodoge, J.; Madruga de Brito, M. (2023). Sustainable agriculture discourses in Germany: a comparative analysis of large-scale text data, Presentation at EGU23, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.

    Baaken, M.C.; Vollan, B. (2023). A farmers´perspective on transformational needs: A qualitative study combining insights from the Behavior Change Wheel and the leverage points framework, Presentation at REECAP 2023, 5th Annual Congress of the Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy, Warsaw, Poland.

    Sormani, E.; Baaken, M.C.; Baaken, T.; Okamoto, S. (2018). The Potential of Nudging for the Engaged University, Conference Paper UIIN University-Industry-Interaction Conference, London, UK.