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Areas of Research
– Long Term Socio-Ecological Research – Resource Use and Distribution – Pre-Industrial Agroecosystems – Environmental Accounting
Title of PhD Project
Surplus, Scarcity and Soil Fertility – Understanding Long Term Socio-Ecological Changes in Agroecosystems
Short abstract of PhD Project
The aim of the PhD project is to investigate feedbacks between social inequality and agroecological sustainability from a long term perspective. Using Energy Flow Accounting and Nutrient Budgeting to reconstruct a Lower Austrian case study, the PhD project represents a first attempt to conceptualize and empirically scrutinize distribution of central resources (food, land, labour) between different agrarian agents and its respective impact on the soil fertility of the agroecosystem. The central hypothesis is that a majority of the population is structurally excluded from food, land and labour, creating a need to use their available resources more intensively. This intensification of resource use threatens the sustainability of the local agroecology.