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Prof. Dr. Regina Birner

Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development

The most important stages of the career

since 2010
Head of the Chair "Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development" at the Hans Ruthenberg Institute of the University of Hohenheim

Research Associate at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC, Head of the "Governance" Research Programme

Research Associate at the Institute for Rural Development at the University of Göttingen

Habilitation in Agricultural Economics at the University of Göttingen

Doctorate in Social Economics of Agricultural Development at the University of Göttingen

Graduation as Dipl.-Ing. agr. (Univ.) at the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan

Activities and Memberships

since 2021
Member of the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IACGB)

since 2012
Member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Agricultural and Food Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Member of the second Bioeconomy Council of the Federal Government

since 2017
Member of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of the State of Baden-Württemberg

since 2018
Member of the Board of the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR)

since 2020
Member of the Bioeconomy Advisory Council of the State of Baden-Württemberg

since 2004
Advisory work for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Bank


Regina Birner is an internationally recognized agricultural economist, who specializes in research on global food security and sustainable agricultural development in the Global South. Gender, climate change and innovation, e.g., in bioeconomy and digital agriculture, are cross-cutting themes of her research. 


  • Global food security
  • Innovation research
  • Digital agriculture

Future Challenges

  • Global food security
  • Climate protection
  • Social justice
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