Kristin Nicolaus

K. Nicolaus

Field of Activity

Participation in designing market-orientated strategies for environment and nature protection? An analysis of local design processes conceived to establish payments for ecosystem services in Germany and the UK.

Email kristin.nicolaus@gmail.com

Kristin Nicolaus is a member of the Junior Research Group CIVILand, which is funded by the Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of Social-Ecological Research (SOEF).

Supervisors:

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs; Dr. Jens Jetzkowitz

Title:

Participation in developing market-orientated strategies for environment and nature protection?
An analysis of local design processes conceived to establish payments for ecosystem services in Germany and the UK.

Description:

The dissertation initially discusses different perspectives on so-called „payments for ecosystem services“ (PES). It considers critiques that argue against the environmental economics’ perspective, which focuses on the effectiveness of those strategies while disregarding their social embeddedness. Based on that critiques I ask for possibilities, prerequisites and limitations of participation and deliberation in PES design processes. Due to already existing literature that highlight the lack of possibilities for participation in state-run programs (e.g., Agri-environment schemes), I examine local processes conceived to establish payments for ecosystem services, in which non-state actors play an important role. Furthermore I selected cases from Germany and the UK to be able to detect possible differences in forms of participation, which occur due to varying political styles or civil-society traditions.