Since 01.10.2019: Internship Officer of the Department of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. Internship applications as well as internship reports are to be submitted to Ms. Barbara Schmidt, Building 33, Room 3171.

Since 10.12.2021: Member of the Committee for Individual Scholarships in Germany of Brot für die Welt.

Since 22.09.2022: Chair (4-year term) of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).


Research project, entitled "Perceptions of inequality through social comparisons and transference on subjective wellbeing: a micro perspective on reference groups" (BU 1319/22-1)

Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 

Duration: 2019-2023

Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Gertrud Buchenrieder (UniBw, München) & Dr. Judith Möllers (IAMO)

Project staff:

Dr. Thomas Dufhues (Senior researcher)

Dr. Antje Jantsch (Young scientist & Leader of a Leibniz junior research group)


New research project entitled "The role of the status quo bias in the perpetuation of farm work and remaining in situ – exemplified with data from Southeast Europe" (BU 1319/24-1)

Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 

Duration: 2023-2025

Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Gertrud Buchenrieder (UniBw, München) & Dr. Judith Möllers (IAMO)

Project staff:

Dr. Thomas Dufhues (Senior researcher)


New research project entitled "Integrated and Circular Technologies for Sustainable city region FOOD systems in Africa"

Funded by Horizon Europe (HE) 

Project-ID: 101083790

Duration: 01.01.2023-31.12.2026

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Gertrud Buchenrieder (UniBw, München) 

Project staff: Dr. Emmanuel Olatunbosun Benjamin


INCiTiS-FOOD (Integrated and Circular Technologies for Sustainable city region FOOD systems in Africa) is a 4-year project that aims to improve food and nutrition security (FNS) in African city regions and reduce the food-system-related environmental footprint while contributing to circularity. Furthermore, the project will empower communities by opening up opportunities for them in agri-food supply and value chains, and by achieving environmental justice through transformative food policies. This will be achieved through interdisciplinary research, integrated best-fit technologies, stakeholder led action, capacity-building, research-practitioner-policy collaborative engagement, and Europe-Africa partnership. 

The INCiTiS-FOOD project will co-create circular agri-food technologies, practices, and business models for an inclusive food system in African cities and towns. The agri-food technologies comprise soilless crop farming (hydroponics), recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), and insect farming. These circular agri-food technologies have been deemed suitable for the context of African cities because they do not require great access to land, water, or wealth.

The project is based on a multi-actor approach, involving 8 Living Labs (LLs) in 6 countries from 3 African regions (East: Kenya; West: Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone; Central: Cameroon, Gabon). The INCiTiS-FOOD project will follow a Lean Start-up Methodology to achieve minimum viable products (MVPs). These MVPs are expected to reach a sufficiently high technological, societal, and business readiness level in 2 years into the 4-year project. The MVPs are further validated in a demonstration phase (800-1000+ start-ups and scalable small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs) on the basis of 2 Open Calls for the Cascade Fund (FSTP: Financial Support to Third Parties). Beneficiaries of the Cascade Fund will be surveyed to generate empirical evidence on the co-benefits of the INCiTiS-FOOD project technologies and business models, which will guide urban food policy roadmaps for African cities.


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Teaching Focus

In the bachelor program, the focus is on teaching basic economic theories. A central question is how government interventions in a market economy can be justified from a welfare economics perspective. Another teaching area is on international economic issues, whereby economic integration is addressed on the one hand globally and on the other hand at the level of the European Union.

Furthermore, theoretical connections between various aspects of human insecurity and sustainable development are taught, using case studies from sub-Saharan Africa, among others, for illustration.

In the Master of Security Studies, which is offered jointly by the Universität der Bundeswehr München and the George C. Marshall European Center for Securities Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the module "Security and Development" introduces students to the socio-economic interrelationships of socio-economic development on the basis of the concept of human security, i.e. with a view to freedom from want and fear.