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Our research focus is on the quantitative analysis of questions related to sustainability and provision of eco-systems services by agri-food systems from farm to global scale. To do so, our team develops and applies different Economic Simulation Models and related methodologies, often in large-scale applications. The software backbone of our models is the Algebraic Modeling Language GAMS, driven by Graphical User Interfaces implemented in Java. We introduce our graduate students in courses to the tools we apply in our research and foster their application in students' projects.

Specific applications include, for instance, mixed-integer, dynamic and stochastic programming, large-scale non-linear and bi-level programming, mixed complementarity problems and constrained systems of non-linear equations. Drawing on computing servers available at institute level, we apply parallel computing, inter alia for large-scale sensitivity analysis. Our models are hosted on a software versioning system, adhere to coding standards and implement quality management based on test suites.


Our group links via various grant funded projects to the German and European research area, sponsored inter alia by the German Research Foundation and the Research Framework programs of the EU Commission, often jointly participating with other teams from the institute or faculty. A close co-operation with EUROCARE, a consulting specialising in quantitative policy impact analysis, supports the access of graduate students and post docs to applied research projects, and helps transfering our scientific findings to stakeholders.

Current projects
Scenario Development, project D01 of CRC 1502 DETECT,1/2022 - 12/20254
Coordinator: Juergen Kusche, University Bonn
Team: Dr. Wolfgang Britz nn, PhD student
Funding: German Science foundation, CRC 1502 (Logo)

Better Agri-food Trade Modelling for Policy Analysis (BATModel),9/2020 - 8/2024
Coordinator: Karine Latouche, INRA, France
Team: Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme (Logo)

Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production (PhenoRob), contribution to Core Project 6 on Technology Adoption and Impact, 1/2020 - 12/2024
Coordinator: Cyril Stachniss
Team: Christoph Pahmeyer Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: German Science Foundation (Logo)

Modelling Individual Decisions to Support the European Policies Related to Agriculture (MIND-STEP), 9/2019 - 8/2023
Coordinator: John Helming, WUR, co-ordinator
Team: David Schaefer, Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme (Logo)

Integrated Transformation Processes and Their Regional Implementations: Structural Change from Fossil Economy to Bioeconomy (Transform2Bio), 9/2019 - 8/2022
Coordinator: Dr. Sandra Venghaus, Institut fuer Energie- und Klimaforschung, Abteilung Systemforschung und Technologische Entwicklung (IEK-STE), Forschungszentrum Juelich, co-ordinator
Team: Dr. Till Kuhn, Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) (Logo)

Bio-Economy in Europe and SDGs: Development, Contribution and Trade-Offs (BEST), 6/2019 - 5/2022
Coordinator: Christian Lutz, co-ordinator, Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung, Braunschweig, Germany
Team: Rienne Wilts, Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Research Area bioeconomy as societal change (Logo)

Low-Input Farming and Territories - Integrating knowledge for improving ecosystem-based farming (LIFT), 5/2018 - 4/2022
Coordinator: Dr. Laure Latruffe, INRA, Rennes, France
Team: Julia Heinrichs, Dr. Wolfgang Britz,
Funding: Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme (Logo)

Past projects

Coordinator: Dr. Didier Stilmant, Wallon Agricultural Research Center
Team: Christoph Pahmeyer, Lennart Kokemohr, Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: EU-Era-Net: Co-funded by the EU DG-Rsrch and the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (Logo)
Forests in the global bioeconomy: developing multi-scale policy scenarios (BioEconFor), 6/2015-7/2019
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Jan Boerner
Team: Salwa Haddad, Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (Beratungsgruppe Entwicklungsorientierte Agrarforschung - BEAF).

Modeling structural change and agricultural nutrient flows across scales in regions of North Rhine-Westphalia, 6/2016 - 7/2019
Coordinator: Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Sub-Project: Regional modeling of structural change in agriculture with an agent based approach under consideration of nutrient exchanges between farms
Team: David Schaefer, Dr. Wolfgang Britz
Funding: Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

DairyStruct: Understanding spatial interactions and structural change in the dairy production chain with a dynamic regional Agent Based Model covering dairy farms and dairy processing, 6/2015 - 12/2018
Team: Dr. Wolfgang Britz, Claudia Seidel
Funding: German Research Foundation

Last Updated:Friday, November 26, 2021