Katrin Martens

Research Associate

Academic Background:

Since 07/2023
Research Associate at the Center of Rural Development (SLE) and Berlin Institute for Co-operative Studies (BICS)
Humboldt University of Berlin

Research Associate at  Land Use Decisions in the Spatial and System Context 
Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V.

2017 – 2020
Research assistant at the Division of Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives
Humboldt University of Berlin

10/2014 – 06/2017
M.Sc. Analyse and management of Resources
Georg-August-University Göttingen

10/2010 – 06/2014
B.Sc. Applied Geography
RWTH Aachen

Academic Career:

03/2016 – 05/2016
James Hutton Institute
Department: Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

02/2015 – 03/2017
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Department: Environmental and Resource Economics


Vicente-Vicente, José Luis; Borderieux, Julius; Martens, Katrin; González-Rosado, Manuel; Walthall, Beatrice (2023): Scaling agroecology for food system transformation in metropolitan areas: Agroecological characterization and role of knowledge in community-supported agriculture farms connected to a food hub in Berlin, Germany. In Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 47 (6), pp. 857–889. DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2023.2187003.

Martens, Katrin (2022): Governing Social Innovation in Rural Areas: The Role of Member Based Organisations. With assistance of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Martens, Katrin (2022): Investigating subnational success conditions to foster renewable energy community co-operatives. In Energy Policy 162, p. 112796. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2022.112796.

Martens, Katrin; Zscheischler, Jana (2022): The Digital Transformation of the Agricultural Value Chain: Discourses on Opportunities, Challenges and Controversial Perspectives on Governance Approaches. In Sustainability 14 (7), p. 3905. DOI: 10.3390/su14073905.

Martens, Katrin; Rogga, Sebastian; Zscheischler, Jana; Pölling, Bernd; Obersteg, Andreas; Piorr, Annette (2022): Classifying New Hybrid Cooperation Models for Short Food-Supply Chains—Providing a Concept for Assessing Sustainability Transformation in the Urban-Rural Nexus. In Land 11 (4), p. 582. DOI: 10.3390/land11040582.

Martens, Katrin (2021): Transdisciplinary research: Pain or Gain? DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4449754.

Martens, Katrin; Wolff, Anke; Hanisch, Markus (2021): Understanding social innovation processes in rural areas: empirical evidence from social enterprises in Germany. In SEJ 17 (2), pp. 220–239. DOI: 10.1108/SEJ-12-2019-0093.

Hanisch, M., Martens, K., & Wolff, A. (2020). Broadening horizons-changing perspectives-Development of strategies to promote the transfer of scientific research results to areas far removed from agglomeration: Final report: Sub-project 4: “Innovation via interfaces-the importance of cooperative and civil society organisations”: Duration of the project: 01.03.2017 to 31.05.2020. Humboldt University of Berlin.

Martens, Katrin; Kunz, Yvonne; Rosyani, Ir.; Faust, Heiko (2020): Environmental Governance Meets Reality: A Micro-Scale Perspective on Sustainability Certification Schemes for Oil Palm Smallholders in Jambi, Sumatra. In Society & Natural Resources 33 (5), pp. 634–650. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2019.1674436.

Kunz, Yvonne; Otten, Fenna; Mardiana, Rina; Martens, Katrin; Roedel, Imke; Faust, Heiko (2019): Smallholder Telecoupling and Climate Governance in Jambi Province, Indonesia. In Social Sciences 8 (4), p. 115. DOI: 10.3390/socsci8040115.