Dr. Maria Proestou

email: maria.proestou(at)hu-berlin.de
phone: +49(0)30 2093 46313
fax   :  +49(0)30 2093 46321

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department für Agrarökonomie
Fachgebiet Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik
Philippstraße 13 – Haus 12 A
D-10115 Berlin

Research Interests
  • Bureaucratic Structures and Bevahiours
  • Geopolitics and Environmental Policy
  • Climate Change Denial
  • Bioeconomy Policy and Discources
  • State Apporaches
  • Social Psychology in Energy Transition

  • PhD in Institutional Economics (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), FNF Scholarship
  • MSc Integrated Natural Resource Management (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Visiting Student, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • MSc Agricultural and Crop Sciences (Agricultural University of Athens) 

Work Experience

  • Research Associate, Research Project: Policy Design for Resilient Bioeconomies (2019-2023)
  • Research Associate, Research Project: Institutional Implications of Bioeconomy Development (2017-2019)
  • Instructor at Berlin CIEE Global Institute, Global Environmental
    Policy, The Politics of Building Sustainable Cities (since 2019)
  • Lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) – Land & Water Management, Bioeconomy Governance (since 2017)
  • Coordinator of the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS), HU Berlin (2017-2019)
  • Lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW), Environmental Politics and Economics (2015-2016)
  • Lecturer at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Sustainable Energy Transition (2012-2013)
Current Research Projects and Positions
  • Head of Junior Research Group BIOPOLISTA
  • College Member of International Public Policy Association https://www.ippapublicpolicy.org/college
  • Instructor at Council of International Educational Exchange Berlin

Journal Articles (Peer reviewed)

  • Proestou, M. and Feindt P.H.: The bioeconomy state and its role in shaping bioeconomy discourses, Critical Policy Studies (under review).
  • Proestou, M., Schulz, N. and Feindt P.H.: A Global Analysis of Bioeconomy Visions in Governmental Bioeconomy Strategies, Ambio (under review)
  • Feindt P.H., Proestou, M. and Daedlow, K. (2020): Policy design for resilience in the emerging bioeconomy – the RPD framework and application to German bioenergy policy, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21(5), https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2020.1814130 .
  • Proestou, M., Crewett, W., Yu, L. and Zhang, X. (2018). The Future of Bioeconomy. Germany Contact: 1.


  • Proestou, M. (2016). Understanding Societies beyond Economics: Wind Energy Development on the Greek Island of Amorgos in Times of Neoliberalism, https://doi.org/10.18452/17481. 

Other Publications

  • Daedlow, K., Proestou, M. and Feindt, P.H. (2019). Poster: Policy Designs for Resilient Bioeconomies – Towards an Analytical Framework”, 4. Bioeconomy Science Center Symposium, Köln, https://www.agrar.hu-berlin.de/de/institut/departments/daoe/apol/forschung/projekte/polderbio/findings/koeln-2019 
  • Proestou, M. (2013). Windenergie am Beispiel der Insel Amorgos – Institutionen, Neigungen und Urteilsbildungsprozesse. In: Christ, T., Gellrich, A. and Die, T. (ed.): Zugänge zur Klimadebatte in Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Psychologie. Metropolis-Verlag, Marburg, p. 309-329.
  • Crewett, W. and Proestou, M. (2019). Populism in bioeconomy-related policy. “Governance of Big Transformations”, German Political Science Association (DVPW), School of Governance, Technical University of Munich. 
  • Proestou, M. and Crewett, W. (2018). Innovative institutions for the governance of biomass energy spaces. Inimbio Workshop, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.