CIVILand worked in a transdisciplinary manner. The research integrated various scientific disciplines and involved partners from social practice. The dynamic collaboration between scientists and partners in practice created the important foundation for our work.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller supported the CIVILand as a mentor and advisor for the doctoral candidates. He is the head of the department of Economics and Policies of Rural Areas at the Institute for Economic and Social Sciences of Agriculture at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
The scientific advisory board was composed of both scientific partners as well as partners from praxis. CIVILand’s transdisciplinary work was a special case of inter-disciplinarity. This means, some of our practice partners were involved directly and substantially in our research.
The scientific partners were reliable partners in the context of dissertation work. Moreover, they supported the ongoing development of the overall concept of the junior research group.
The CIVILand team members’ tie to the universities is, in addition to Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller, was made possible through Prof. Dr. Klaus Eder, head of Comparative Structural Analysis of Humboldt University Berlin and Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Director of Research Centre for Environmental Policy (FFU) at the Freie Universität Berlin. In the US, Dr. Jon D. Erickson was supervising the work of two team members, who were with the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont for two years.
Other partners of the junior research group were Prof. Dr. Helmut Anheier of the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) of the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Ulrich Hampicke - head of the Department of Landscape Economics of Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Prof. Dr. Thomas Koellner - professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Bayreuth, Dr. Peter H. Feindt – associate professor at Cardiff University, Prof. Dr. Robert Costanza - professor and director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS), Portland State University and Mr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz - director of Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
The selection of praxis partners for the advisory board took civil society organizations such as foundations and environmental organizations, as well as governmental actors into account.
On behalf of the partners in praxis, the junior research group was accompanied by Hilmar Freiherr von Münchhausen - managing director of the German Wildlife Foundation, Dr. Jürgen Metzner - managing director of the German Association for Landscape Association (DVL), Ms. Karin Robinet from Department II 1.1 (Legal Affairs, Economics and Ecologically Sound Regional Development) of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Prof. Dr. Hagen Eyink - Head of Unit NL 22 (Rural areas; services of general interest; cultural landscapes) of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS), Dr. Jutta Emig - Division ZG (Central Division, Policy Matters of environment) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Ms. Anne Schöps - managing director of Flächenagentur Brandenburg GmbH, Mr. Holger Belz from the Heinz Sielmann Foundation, Dr. Walter Hemmerling - managing director of the Nature Conservation Foundation of Schleswig Holstein and Mr. Michael Petschick - deputy chairman of the Citizens Foundation for cultural landscape Spreewald.