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Prof. Dr. Michael Kirk

Personalfoto Kirk
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Head of the Research Group

Contact:

Phone: +49 (0) 6421 28 23731

Office hours during lecture period: Monday 10.30-11.30h

I am a professor of Development and Cooperative Economics. My research interests are focused on understanding institutional change in the process of development of “poor” societies and  potentials and limitations of economic cooperation and collective action in (small and medium) enterprises and resource governance at different levels. Incomplete labor, credit, insurance and – in particular – land related contracts, their dynamics and options between market and hierarchy in developing countries and countries in transition are empirically analyzed. Results support policy analysis, in particular, in relation to land (reform) policies, contracting direct (foreign) investment in land, biodiversity protection and anti-desertification approaches. As economic cooperation re-gains importance for market access, product traceability and quality standards, as well as sustainable natural resource management, I apply experimental economics for field experiments on common pool resource management, measuring the performance of cooperative organizations and even multi-layer, transnational resource governance with a regional focus on Africa and South-East Asia. Applying the Social-Ecological Framework (SES) (Ostrom) the inter- and transdisciplinary research program with natural and cultural sciences is deepend.

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    - Institutions and institutional change

    -Land and ressource tenure, land- and ressource policy in developing countries of the global south and countries in transition

    - Economic cooperation, collective action and self-help organizations in developing countries and countries in transition

    - Economics of the "Global Commons“, especially biodiversity, climate change and reduction of desertification

    - Decentralisation, deregulation and multi-layer governance in countries of the global south

     

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    EDUCATION      

    03/1988 – 03/1995: Habilitation, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, Habilitation thesis: "Land Tenure and Technological Change in African Agrarian Systems”

    04/1984 – 02/1988: Dr. sc. agr., Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, Dissertation: "Technology Choice in Cameroonian Agriculture: Problems of the Diffusion of Animal Traction"

    10/1981 – 02/1984: M.Sc. agr.,    Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany, Master Thesis: ‘Animal Traction in West Africa’

    10/1974 – 03/1980: Diploma in Economics (Dipl.-Volksw.), Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany, Diploma Thesis: ‘Migration in Developing Countries: Causes, Effects & Policy Implications’

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE        

    10/2000 – ongoing: Director of Institute for Cooperative Science, Philipps-Universität Marburg, affiliated to School of Business and Economics              

    07/1997 – ongoing: Professor of Development Economics, Agricultural Economics & Cooperative Economics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, School of Business and Economics

    05/1996 – 06/1997: Acting Professor of Development Economics, Agricultural Economics & Cooperative Economics, Philipps Universität Marburg, School of Business and Economics

    01/1995 – 04/1996: Associate Professor, Institute of Rural Development, Göttingen University, Germany

    04/1988 – 12/1994: Assistant Professor, Institute of Rural Development, Göttingen University, Germany

    04/1985 – 03/1988: Research Fellow, Institute of Rural Development, Göttingen University, Germany

    04/1984 – 03/1985: PhD-Scholarship, Cameroon (DAAD), Institute Panafrican pour le Développement, Douala

    06/1981 – 03/1982: Project Assistant, GTZ Togo, Rural Development Project, Sokodé

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