WINS Seminar series (Seminar of the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems)

30. Oktober 2014 um 15:00
Quartier Stadtmitte , room 4088
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin

We welcome you to the session of the WINS Seminar series (Seminar of the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems) on October 30, 2014.

Carsten Mann (Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, Center for Technology and Society,
Christian Schleyer (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ),
Ladislav Jelinek (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle) Wittenberg):
The Procedure for Institutional Compatibility Assessment (PICA) and applications in SES

Dr. Carsten Mann is head of the innovation division at the Center for Technology and Society, Technische Universität (TU) Berlin. As a forest and environmental scientist, he has an interdisciplinary background with a specialization in environmental governance, system transformation and policy innovation by combining concepts of social-ecology systems with those of
sociology, policy- and institutional analysis.

Dr. Christian Schleyer is a researcher in the Department Environmental Politics at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig. He has worked on agri-environmental policies, rural development, market-based instruments for ecosystem services, and water management issues, in particular reclamations systems. He is currently task leader in the EU research project OpenNESS „Operationalisation of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services: From Concepts to Real-world Applications“ (7. FRP).

Dr. Ladislav Jelinek is a researcher at the Department of Agricultural-, Environmental- and Food Policy at the Faculty of Natural Science (III) of Martin-Luther University in Halle. He has worked on land market analysis functioning, policy modelling of agricultural and rural policies and on the
economic and institutional aspects of land-based renewable energy policies. Since 2013 he is a member of Kulunda project (`Ecological and Economic Strategies for Sustainable Land Management in the Russian Steppes´; BMBF Sustainable Land Management Program) in which he focuses on institutional analysis of the implementation of soil conservation policies in Kulunda steppe. One task in the project deals with the PICA testing in the study region.


Ex-ante impact assessment of agricultural, environmental, and rural policies has become an integral part of political decision-making processes in the European Union. While a variety of agri-environmental modelling tools exists, ex-ante policy assessment tools capturing the institutional
dimension are rare and need to be improved. In this presenation, we introduce a standardized procedure for ex-ante assessing institutional aspects for policy implementation: the ‘Procedure for Institutional Compatibility Assessment’ (PICA). PICA has been designed as an explorative and flexible, yet formalized methodology that enables policy-makers toidentify, at an early stage, potential institutional incompatibilities. To empirically test PICA for the first time, the tool was applied to the implementation of the EU Nitrate Directive in two differing departments in Auvergne, France. Therefore literature reviews and interviews with experts and stakeholders involved, or likely to be involved, in the regional implementation processes were used to predict crucial institutional aspects
for the implementation of the Nitrate Directive. As a result, PICA was able
to detect various similar and distinct features in the respective institutional contexts of the departments, confirming its practicability and predictable power. Further, in another application PICA was recently used to analyse the existing institutional, administrative and technical constraints
in the implementation of land conservation policy on part of Siberian steppe in Russia. Specifically, the PICA was tested on the command-control measure that banned a largely applied crop residues burning practice on agricultural and forest land.

It will take place on:

Thursday, October 30, 2014 3pm (ct.)
Quartier Stadtmitte
Friedrichstr. 191
10117 Berlin
4th floor, room 4088
Map and room location

The mission of The Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of
Social-Ecological Systems (WINS) is to advance communication between
academic communities (economists, political scientists, geographers,
sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and others) that study the
role of institutions and governance structures in social-ecological systems
and their transformation. It is an open platform for both advanced and young
scholars to work symbiotically. WINS is based at Humboldt University’s
Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment
Systems (IRI THESys). The overarching scholarly aim is to facilitate the
accumulation of knowledge and the development of new, interdisciplinary and
problem-oriented analytical theories and methods, bridging the multiplicity
of approaches that have been established over time. Integrative discourses, interdisciplinary research and an advanced studies program will serve as conduits towards this goal. The ultimate purpose is to strengthen policy making through enhanced dialogue with practitioners and stakeholders.

For more information please see here:

Berlin’s environmental research community is among the most prolific in
Europe and the world and we want to take advantage of that. Thus, throughout
the 14 sessions of the series we will introduce the work of prominent
scholars from Research Institutes that center around Berlin. Additionally,
we have visits by scholars from other European Universities.

“WINS Seminar” sessions will take place every Thursday, 3pm, during the
winter semester (except for the public holidays).
We are looking forward to inspiring presentations and productive exchanges.

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