Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Agricultural Trade And Development


International Agricultural Trade and Development


New group format for master thesis supervision established!

This semester, IATD supervises six master theses on EU climate policies in the land use sectors in close exchange with the think tank Agora Agriculture. Harald Grethe, head of the group and director of Agora Agriculture and Wiebke Nowack, PhD student at HU and employee of Agora Agriculture, take care of the supervision as a team. About once per month, joint meetings are offered to students involving further Agora Agriculture staff. Current thesis topics include:

  • Three peatland topics: a discourse analysis on re-wetting peatland in Germany, a comparative analysis of peatland re-wetting in Poland and Germany, an analysis of the opportunity cost of rewetting peatland in Germany (Cora Petrick, Martyna Armijak and Niklas Domke).
  • Two LULUCF topics: methods and implications of reporting and accounting on GHG-emissions from forests under the EU’s LULUCF regulation and EU member states’ positions on and interests in the LULUCF regulation (Emily Burk and Pawel Polchtchak).
  • One thesis on the issue of permanence in carbon farming (Sangjun Park).

A continuation of the format in the next semesters is planned. Specific topics are selected in exchange between the students and the team of advisors.

Master students interested in being part of the next group writing their theses with us can contact Wiebke Nowack (


Our Postal Address:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften
Fachgebiet Internationaler Agrarhandel und Entwicklung
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

Our Office Address:
Hannoversche Str. 27 (= Philippstr. 13), Hs. 12
10115 Berlin - Mitte

Tel. +(49) - (0)30 - 20 93 46 810
Fax +(49) - (0)30 - 20 93 46 321

Lageplan / Map of Area

Area of Work:
Development of simulation models for the analysis of economic and agricultural development, trade, poverty and income distribution, the governance as well as the quantitative analysis of sustainable global biomass systems, analysis the role of the agricultural sector within society at large, the communication between the agricultural sector and various societal groups, concepts to reconcile domestic demands for non-market goods (environmental externalities, animal welfare) with the reality of internationally integrated agricultural sectors.