Dr Franz W Gatzweiler
Senior scientist

Contact me
[email protected]

Research Interests
Economics and Governance
Ecosystem Management
Extreme Poverty & Marginality

Academic Career

Research fellow ICRAF SEA, Bogor Indonesia (12)

09.99 – 11.99:
Research consultant for the CIFOR (Centre for International Forestry Research), Bogor, Indonesia: Development of a concept for non-monetary valuation of a tropical forest landscape in Bulungan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia (5)

08.00 – 08.03:
Coordinator of the Central and Eastern European Sustainable Agriculture (CEESA) International Research Project, Humboldt University of Berlin (36)

09.03 – 12.03:
Visiting Scholar at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Participant of the International Forestry Resources and Institutions Research Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (5)

Senior scientist at ZEF, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany

Academic Background


Humboldt University of Berlin, FG Resource Economics.

Doctoral dissertation on “The Changing Nature of Economic Value – Tropical Forest Ecosystem Values from the Perspective of Indigenous Dayak in Kalimantan, Indonesia”, 1996-2001

Award of degree: Dr. rer. agr.
With distinction: summa cum laude, November 2001

Humboldt-University of Berlin, Graduate studies in Agricultural Economics, International Agricultural Development-1995

Diploma thesis on “Socio-Economic Study of an Agroforestry System: The Case of Malay Homegardens in a Malaysian Village.”

Award of degree: Dipl. ing. agr. , October 1995

At the Center for Development (ZEF) I teach the interdisciplinary course on the boundary concept “Value and Valuation”. The course is meant to expose PhD students of the International Graduate School, to one of the three boundary concepts taught. The course provides some historical background, the basics of valuation and the nature of value and gives room for discussion of conflicting views and case studies.

I also teach “Introduction into Ecological Economics” as part of the ZEF disciplinary course in economics.

At the Bonn International Masters Programme (ARTS) I taught the course “Introduction into Development Economics”

Other Activities

  • Successfully applied for research grants from the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DfG) – for IFRI training at Indiana University and exchange with the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Prof. Ostrom, Bloomington, Indiana University, USA
  • Member of the IFRI (International Forestry Resources and Institutions) network
  • Member and managerial support for the Ethiopian Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Research and development activities). Representative and supportive member for the Ethiopian Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF) in Germany. An Ethiopian NGO founded by the CoCE research project.
  • Wild coffee conservation through eco-entrepreneurship: developing marketing strategies for coffee from Ethiopia to support conservation activities in coffee forest areas: Sale of coffee in German specialty shops(follow-up project of CoCE: CAFCO).
  • Successfully applied for funds from VW Foundation for a project on: “The Role of Institutions for Forest Resource and Livelihood Management in East African Forest Landscapes” (325000 euro)
  • Successfully applied for a grant by InWENT/ASA Programme, for 2 postgraduate students to undertake research projects in developing countries.
  • Successfully applied for grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

Selected Publications

  • 2003 The Changing Nature of Economic Value. Tropical Forest Ecosystem Values from the Perspective of Indigenous Dayak in Kalimantan, Indonesia, Ph.D. Dissertation, Aachen: Shaker (book)
  • 2003 Institutional Change in Central and Eastern European Agriculture and Environment (ed.), Volumes 1-4, CEESA/FAO Series, Rome: FAO (Booklet – 4 volumes)
  • 2004 Chapter 13, p. 247-265: Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe. Sustaining Agriculture and the Rural Economy: Governance, Policy and Multifunctionality. Brouwer, F (ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • 2004 Central and Eastern European Agriculture and Environment and the Challenges of Governance at Multiple Levels, Sociologia Ruralis, Journal of the European Society of Rural Sociology, Vol 45, Issue 3, pp. 139-152
  • 2005 Institutionalising Biodiversity Conservation – The Case of Ethiopian Coffee Forests, Conservation and Society, Vol 3, No. 1, pp. 201-223
  • 2006 Organizing a Public Ecosystem Service Economy. Ecological Economics 59: 296-304
  • 2006 (with Lars Hein). The Economic Value of Coffee (Coffea arabica) genetic resources. (in press Ecological Economics)
  • 2006 (with Prof. Paul L.G. Vlek). Can we walk the “Middle Path” in coping with global environmental change? Paper for the conference on “Ecology and Buddhism in the Knowledge-based Society”, Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea, May 25-27, 2006
  • 2007 Why financial incentives destroy economically valuable biodiversity in Ethiopia. Contribution for Special Issue in “Biodiversity&Conservation” (in review)
  • 2008 Certification of wild coffee in Ethiopia: Experiences and Challenges. by K.F. Wiersum, Tadesse Woldemariam
  • Gole, F.W. Gatzweiler, J. Volkman, E. Bognetteau and O. Wirtu. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 18: 9-21, 2008.
  • 2008 Beyond Economic Efficiency in Biodiversity Conservation. Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 20: 217-240.
  • 2008 Deutsche Welle Global 3000: Film on the conservation of wild Coffea arabica populations-project in Ethiopia
  • 2009 Biodiversity conservation: Accounting for nature’s and society’s diversity of values. ZEF Policy Brief Nr. 8
  • 2009 Marginality. ZEF Working Paper