An institutional economist by specialization, Dr Thomas Falk has done extensive research in the field of governance in agricultural systems in developing countries. Since 2015, at ICRISAT, he contributes to the assessment of sustainable agricultural system transformations, the assessment of ecosystem services and related governance implications, as well as the development of scalable tools to trigger sustainable behavioral change. He has substantial expertise in the fields of economics of natural resource management; multi-level governance in social-ecological systems (SES); science-policy interaction and trans-disciplinarity; economic institutions and institutional change in natural resource management.
Prior to joining ICRISAT, Dr Thomas Falk worked at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. He has done extensive research in the field of natural resource governance in developing countries. During the project ‘Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis in southern Africa’, he studied the regulatory framework of land, water and forest resources in communal areas in Namibia and South Africa. He supported a UNDP project on the establishment of the Biosphere Reserve Nuratau-Kyzylkum in Uzbekistan. In the trans-disciplinary research project ‘The Future Okavango’, he facilitated stakeholder engagement. Thomas Falk further contributed as a member of the scientific consortium of the ‘Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use’ (SASSCAL) to the establishment of the center.
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