University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Gund Hosts Visiting Scholars from the CIVILand Research Group

Two members of CIVILand are visiting the Gund Institute. Currently one and a half years into their two year stay at the Gund Institute, they are developing concepts for participatory modeling (Claudia Sattler) and are working on data about civil society engagement (Thomas Krikser).

CIVILand is a junior research group, which is engaged in payments for environmental and cultural landscape services also called Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the context of civil society initiatives. Through their work, CIVILand hopes to raise a new perspective in the current international discussion on the PES. The junior research group will conduct empirical studies in Germany, Great Britain and the US. The research group is based at the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and will conduct research in cooperation with various partners in Germany and the US. The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) funds this junior research group through the research program “Social-ecological Research” (SÖF).

A wonderful example of the transdisciplinary nature of the Institute, this relationship between CIVILand and Gund came about through the agencies of a former visiting scholar, also from Germany.