Our Research Topics

On the following pages, we present our current and past research projects. 


BESTMAP aims to develop a new flexible, interoperable and customizable framework that will take account of farmers' needs and effectively monitor policy impacts on natural, social and cultural assets in rural areas.



The NamTip project strives for a better understanding of desertification tipping points and their ecological and social drivers with a focus on the Greater Waterberg Landscape in Namibia.


Finished Project SEEMI

Insurance products specially designed for the needs of low-income people in developing countries, so-called microinsurance products, are seen as a promising tool for economic development.
Within the SEEMI research project, we contributed to a much-needed enhanced understanding of the effects of microinsurance on social-ecological systems. We focused in particular on the impact on informal safety nets.


Finished project POLISES

We explored the impacts of selected global food security policies on the resilience of smallholding farmers in Africa; we aimed to identify crucial aspects for an appropriate design of these policy instruments; and we wanted to promote knowledge transfer and social learning.