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The transition towards a bioeconomy is a societal challenge that requires democratic participation, political coordination and framed innovations. 

Prof. Dr. Peter H. Feindt

Head of the Agricultural and Food Policy Group, Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The most important stages of the career

since 2020
Executive Director of the Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin 

since 2017
Professor of Agricultural and Food Policy, Humboldt University of Berlin 

Chair of Strategic Communication, Wageningen University, The Netherlands 

Senior Lecturer/Reader for Environmental Policy and Planning, School for City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, Wales, UK 

Research Associate at the Research Center Biotechnology, Society and Environment, University of Hamburg, Germany 2002-2007 Head of the Junior Research Group "AgChange. Conflicts of the Agricultural Turnaround  

Doctorate "summa cum laude" as Dr. rer. pol. in the Department of Economics and Organizational Sciences at the Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg  

Diploma in Economics, University of Hamburg 

since 1990
freelance work as moderator and mediator

Activities and Memberships

since 2020
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Agricultural and Food Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture 

Co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 

since 2018
Member of the board of the German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA), 2021 as co-spokesperson  

since 2005
Member of the Advisory Board for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, since 2013 as chairperson 

Founding member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Forest Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. 


Peter H. Feindt is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in political science, economics and philosophy. His research addresses a broad range of questions in agricultural and food policy, in particular links to environmental policy, sustainability transitions, the resilience of farming systems, reflexive governance, deliberative participation and social cohesion.


  • Sustainability transition
  • Resilience
  • Participation

Future Challenges

  • Food transition
  • Climate/biodiversity
  • Democracy
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