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Nitrogen management and my way into socio-environmental modelling

by Julia Kunkel

By Felix Jäger

Studying abstract mathematics, you usually don’t know what this should be good for. Of course, you are told that mathematical thinking is needed in countless contexts and that mathematicians can work nearly everywhere. But, as is so often the case, being told something and experiencing its truth are two entirely different things...

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Internship project: Impact of field characteristics on the allocation of agri-environmental schemes

by Meike Will

By Johanna Eichler

I spent six weeks during February and March 2022 as an intern at the POLISES working group. Unfortunately, I did not spend the internship in Leipzig but in home office in Osnabrück where I am studying for a Master's degree in System Science. Nevertheless,...

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Potential side effects of insurance programs: A summary of recent POLISES research outcomes

by Meike Will

During the last years, a main focus of our work within POLISES was on potential side effects of insurance programs. In addition to the review article on maladaptive outcomes of climate insurance...

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How can computer models better help policymakers to solve problems in human-environment systems?

by Meike Will

This is a plain language summary of our paper “How to make socio‐environmental modelling more useful to support policy and management?” which was recently published in People and Nature. This...

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An internship in times of coronavirus

by Meike Will

By David Hötten

From the end of August until the beginning of October I was an intern in the POLISES group. Looking back...

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International Workshop on Social-Ecological Effects of Microinsurance under Climate Change

by Meike Will

From February 4-6, the POLISES working group organized an international workshop within the DFG-funded SEEMI project (Social-Ecological Effects of Microinsurance)...

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Learning from my research internship to enhance my PhD

by David

Tim Williams talks about what his experience during a research-based internship with the POLISES team at UFZ taught him about research...

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POLISES Colloquium “Pastoralism in Transition”

by David

The concluding colloquium for the Junior Research Group POLISES, held in Leipzig from June 27-28, brought together researchers and practitioners interested in pastoral livelihoods in Africa and beyond. The list of 20 participants...

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Collective Infrastructure Governance in Bangladesh

by David

By Kimberly Rogers

Just as dryland pastoralists are coping with climate risk arising from drought cycles, farmers in coastal regions are facing hazards such as flooding and erosion that accompany sea level rise. Static dikes or sea walls...

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Modelling Poverty Traps

by David

By Filipp Grcondciel

Choosing a specific research direction is not an easy choice. Especially in small universities, such as the Halle-Wittenberg university, only few advanced lectures are...

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