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Alfons Balmann is director at IAMO and head of the Department Structural Change since 2002. Since 2003 he has a joint appointment as full professor at Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg. He is an expert in agrarian structural change, agricultural policy analysis, organization of large-scale farms, and land markets. He and his team have particular methodological competences in the field of agent-based modelling. Among other functions, he also serves as member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Agricultural Policy, Food and Health oriented Consumer Protection at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and is Chair of the Committee for Rural Development of the German Agricultural Association (DLG). His PhD thesis and subsequent activities paved the way or rather created the path for the development of AgriPoliS.

Franziska Appel has been a research associate in the Department of Structural Change since 2009. She is an expert in participatory agent-based modelling and analysis of agrarian structural change and agricultural policies. At IAMO Franziska leads the ongoing development of the agent-based model, AgriPoliS.

Ruth Njiru joined IAMO in 2021 under the FORLands II project to focus on “Impacts of strategic behavior on land market dynamics and regulation effects”. Specifically, integration of Deep Neural Networks (DNN) in the decision making of agents within AgriPoliS.

Christine Pitson joined IAMO in 2018 to work on the H2020 project, Sustainable Resilient EU Farming Systems (SURE-Farm). While at IAMO, she has used particpatory methods to extend and adapt AgriPoliS. Her work has focused on studying the underlying assumptions and effects of labour-related CAP policies.

Florian Heinrich studied Organic Agriculture and Marketing at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and earned his master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences, with a specialization in economic and social sciences of agriculture, from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. He joined the AgriPoliS team at iamo in 2017 when he wrote his master thesis about the impact of non-agricultural investors in the German biogas production on the agricultural stucture. Subsequently, he started working on his PhD dissertation in the framework of the DFG-funded project „ForLand – Agricultural Land Markets – Efficiency and Regulation“. His dissertation is focussed on studying land market regulations and their implications for two German case study regions.

Changxing Dong joined IAMO in 2010. He is responsible for the further development of AgriPoliS and related tools.

Team Sweden

Mark Brady is an Associate Professor in Environmental and Agricultural Economics at AgriFood Economics Centre, Lund, Sweden, which is a cooperative venture between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Lund University. We provide the Swedish Government with economic expertise in the fields of food, agriculture, fisheries and rural development. AgriFood has focused on developing AgriPoliS for the analysis of environmental and public good issues associated with agricultural structural change. This is done in close collaboration with agricultural scientists and ecologists at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) at Lund University. Four natural production regions in Sweden have been modelled and have become an important tool for understanding the fine-scale impacts of agricultural policy reform for the benefit of Swedish policy makers.

Yann Clough is a Professor at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science at Lund University, Sweden. His research focuses on the effects of land-use on biodiversity and related ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. He is part of an interdisciplinary team in Lund assessing alternative agricultural policies using AgriPoliS in combination with ecological models.

Cecilia Larsson is a PhD student in Environmental Science at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science at Lund University. Her background is in economics and before starting her position at CEC she worked at AgriFood Economics Centre as a research assistant, primarily with agricultural policy analysis using AgriPoliS. In her PhD project she is introducing energy crops in AgriPoliS to analyse the effects of energy crop subsidies on agricultural production and land-use in Sweden.

Raül López i Losada joined the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science in 2020 as a PhD student in the Land4Biomass research project. He has a background in quantitative analysis of environmental impacts and he focuses on integrating Life Cycle Assessment methodologies and AgriPoliS modelling.

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