Niklas Möhring

Decision-making processes at the interface of socio-ecosystems

I am an agricultural economist by training but my research is inherently interdisciplinary and located at the interface of socio-economic and ecosystems. I am interested in decision-making processes of actors at the interface of these complex systems, which are key for major global challenges such as biodiversity loss, environmental pollution and food production.

My research is especially focused on agriculture as a major mediator between socio-economic and ecosystems and more specifically on the reduction of environmental and health risks from pesticide use. This is a pressing issue, which is on top of the policy agenda and has major global implications for food production, as well as health of humans and the environment.

To support actors in making decisions that are more effective and efficient, it is key to understand their decision-making processes at the interface of these complex systems. This can help to leverage research findings from ecology, economics and on the design of (policy) tools to change behavior and make more sustainable decisions.

In my research, I am mainly working with quantitative methods, as well as conceptual and theoretical models to explain decision-making processes. I am aiming to work both interdisciplinary, including important insights from different scientific disciplines, such as economics and ecology, as well as transdisciplinary, co-creating knowledge with actors on the ground. My research is both i) based on the analysis of detailed data on the decision-making processes of local actors and their impacts and ii) aims to scale-up findings and solutions by collaborations with international research networks.

My research on effective and efficient pest management strategies at the CEBC is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (February 2021-2022, Grant 199245), as well as a Marie-Curie scholarship (February 2022-2024, Grant 101027340) of the European Union. 

Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation