Achim Schlueter

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The paper looks, from a perspective of institutional economics, at a process of change of rules and organisational practises in the forestry sector, particularly drawing on a case study of small-scale private forest owners in the Allgäu, Bavaria. It is argued that the process of change may be initiated by the traditional factors mentioned by the various(More)
Overexploitation of common-pool resources, resulting from uncooperative harvest behavior, is a major problem in many social-ecological systems. Feedbacks between user behavior and resource productivity induce non-linear dynamics in the harvest and the resource stock that complicate the understanding and the prediction of the co-evolutionary system. With an(More)
The importance we attach to ‘risk’ in our daily lives has changed greatly over the past two decades across Europe. Government and public negotiate risk concerns as never before in the policy process. Yet we still know little about the varying ways people actually live with different environmental risks in different countries. This project takes an(More)
Currently, a substantial institutional change is under way for marine and coastal resources. Sustainability plays a major role therein. At the time of writing, roughly 2.3% of the marine and coastal territory has been declared a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Convention of Biological Diversity set a target to protect 10% of the global marine environment(More)
This paper presents an institutional analysis of the underlying factors affecting the performance of drinking water community organizations in rural areas of Costa Rica. These organizations provide water to more than 25% of total population in the country; however, there is a high disparity in their performance. This research tries to understand how a(More)
Starting from an interest in snatching (Schwab and Ostrom 2008) and the role of internalised norms and values (delta parameters) this paper analyses a “snatch game”. It looks at the behaviour of customers picking flowers on a field where the payment is based on the honour system. Peoples’ choices are observed in a natural real live choice situation, which(More)
Within the context of the research project ‘HIER! Production in Air-Conditioned Facilities’, financed by the Hessian Ministry of the Environment, Power, Agriculture, and Consumer Rights (HMUELV), the Department for Sustainable Products and Processes at the University of Kassel is developing simulation modules for the energetic evaluation of production(More)
This paper presents the results of a two-year trans-disciplinary research project investigating opportunities and limitations of the Swiss 2000-Watt/1-ton CO2 society vision for the transformation of industrial sites into liveable neighbourhoods. By involving local stakeholders we elaborated four plausible scenarios for the transformation of an industrial(More)
In a European context, energy standards in the built environment have made a valuable contribution to the sustainability of the industry over the past twenty years. The current cycle focuses predominantly on the thermal properties of the building envelope. As space heating and cooling with domestic water heating currently accounts for 60% of global energy(More)