University of Marburg, Working Group Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (UMR)
Philipps-Universität Marburg, which is almost 500 years old, is the oldest and most traditional university in the state of Hessen and considers itself to be a classical university offering a full range of courses with a modern approach. Its broad range of arts and humanities, and its experimentally challenging scientific work, constitute an ideal platform for interdisciplinary cooperation.
The economics department in Marburg is also characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and there is joint work taking place with researchers from fields as different as Law, Biology, Psychology, Geography, Sociology or Philosophy. This interdisciplinary framework is very helpful in the context of the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, as many relevant issues are to be found outside the typical area covered by economics. Finally, we have a long-standing tradition in the field of development economics, which includes many partnerships outside Marburg, both with other research organizations as well as policy agencies with a regional focus on Africa and Asia. All economics professors have a strong research focus on the field of institutional economics. The institutional economics research efforts are coordinated within the Marburg Centre for Institutional Economics (MACIE), which also includes colleagues from our business administration group.