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Thomas Rellensmann

School of Business Administration and
Environmental economics
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

Raum 66/E11
Tel: +49 541 969 2573
Fax: +49 541 969 2599

As a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Environmental Economics at the IUSF, I examine how payments for environmental services can be applied to promote environmentally-friendly practices on agricultural lands.

I am particularly interested in fostering collaborative approaches for agri-environmental management to enable environmental outcomes (e.g., biodiversity increases) on a landscape-scale.
Against this objective, I investigate innovative, collaborative farmer groups and develop financial incentives for group participation that promote collaborative efforts for environmental conservation by multiple farmers.

On a methodological level, I apply economic experiments, quantitative data analysis methods, and participatory formats.

Research Interests

  • Agricultural transformation
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services
  • Agri-environmental policy (CAP)
  • Participatory Natural Resource Management
  • Social-ecological-system dynamics


  • Experimental economics (lab-in-the-field experiments)
  • Quantitative data analysis for causal inference (e.g. structural equation modelling)
  • Participatory approaches

    Current Research Projects

    FRAMEwork - Farmer clusters for Realising Agrobiodiversity Management across Ecosystems

    Within the Horizon 2020 Project of the European Union FRAMEwork: Farmer clusters for Realising Agrobiodiversity Management across Ecosystems" we (S. Engel, F. Thomas, L. Kuhfuss, M. Fritschle and T. Rellensmann ) investigate the effects of incentives to promote biodiversity-sensitive agriculture.


    Technical and policy reports

    Rellensmann, Thomas, Engel, Stefanie, Thomas, Fabian, & Fritschle, Moritz. (2022). D6.4 Review of existing public incentive schemes plus design options. Zenodohttps://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7115622

    Fritschle, Moritz Peter, Thomas, Fabian, Engel, Stefanie, Rellensmann, Thomas & Kuhfuss, Laure. (2022). D6.3 Report on current and potential private incentives. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7115617