Achim Schlüter

Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter

Programme Area Lead (PA 1), Working Group Leader, Professor for Social Systems and Ecological Economics (Constructor University Bremen, formerly Jacobs University Bremen)

Phone: +49 (0)421 23800 - 104

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Office: Fahrenheitstr. 8
28359 Bremen
Room: 3104 (1st floor)

Curriculum Vitae: Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter

Research interests

- Institutional Economics
- Ecological Economics
- Experimental Economics


Publications (google scholar)

Hornidge, A.-K., and A. Schlüter. (2020). Commentary 12 to the Manifesto for the Marine Social Sciences: theory development. Maritime Studies, 19 (2): 151-152 10.1007/s40152-020-00192-0.

Nelson, K. M., E. Anggraini, and A. Schlüter. (2020). Virtual reality as a tool for environmental conservation and fundraising. PLOS ONE, 15 (4): e0223631 10.1371/journal.pone.0223631.

Partelow, S., A.-K. Hornidge, P. Senff, M. Stäbler, and A. Schlüter. (2020). Tropical marine sciences: Knowledge production in a web of path dependencies. PLOS ONE, 15 (2): e0228613.

Schlüter, A., M. Bavinck, M. Hadjimichael, S. Partelow, A. Said, and I. Ertör. (2020a). Broadening the perspective on ocean privatizations: an interdisciplinary social science enquiry. Ecology and Society, 25 (3):  10.5751/ES-11772-250320.

Schlüter, A., K. Van Assche, A.-K. Hornidge, and N. Văidianu. (2020b). Land-sea interactions and coastal development: An evolutionary governance perspective. Marine Policy, 112 103801

Van Assche, K., A.-K. Hornidge, A. Schlüter, and N. Vaidianu. (2020). Governance and the coastal condition: Towards new modes of observation, adaptation and integration. Marine Policy, 112

Cerutti, N., and A. Schlüter. (2019). Resource changes: exogenous or endogenous, gradual or abrupt. Experimental evidence. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 76 (6): 1004-1018 10.1080/00207233.2019.1644022.

Chavez Carrillo, I. I., Partelow, S., Madrigal-Ballestero, R., Schlüter, A., & Gutierrez-Montes, I. (2019). Do responsible fishing areas work? Comparing collective action challenges in three small-scale fisheries in Costa Rica International Journal of the Commons, 13(1).

Gehrig, S., Schlüter, A., & Hammerstein, P. (2019). Sociocultural heterogeneity in a common pool resource dilemma. PLOS ONE, 14(1), e0210561. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0210561

Nelson, K. M., S. Partelow, and A. Schlüter. (2019). Nudging tourists to donate for conservation: Experimental evidence on soliciting voluntary contributions for coastal management. Journal of environmental management, 237 30-43.

Partelow, S., Abson, D., Schlüter, A., Fernández-Giménez, M., von Wehrden, H., & Collier, N. (2019). Privatizing the commons: New approaches need broader evaluative criteria for sustainability. International Journal of the Commons, 13(1).

Partelow, S., Fujitani, M., Soundararajan, V., & Schlüter, A. (2019). Transforming the social-ecological systems framework into a knowledge exchange and deliberation tool for comanagement. Ecology and Society, 24(1). doi:10.5751/ES-10724-240115

Rohe, J. R., H. Govan, A. Schlüter, and S. C. Ferse. 2019. A legal pluralism perspective on coastal fisheries governance in two Pacific Island countries. Marine Policy, 100 90-97.

Schlüter, A., Partelow, S., Torres Guevara, L. E., & Jennerjahn, T. C. (2019). Coastal Commons as social-ecological systems. In B. Hudson, J. Rosenbloom, & D. Cole (Eds.), Handbook of the Commons: Routledge.

Schlüter, A., Vance, C., & Ferse, S. (2019). Coral reefs and the slow emergence of institutional structures for a glocal land- and sea-based collective dilemma. Marine Policy, 103505. doi:

 Alt, M., Gallier, C., Schlüter, A., Nelson, K., & Anggraini, E. (2018). Giving to versus Taking from In- and Out-Group Members. Games, 9(3), 57.

Gehrig, S., Schlüter, A., & Jiddawi, N. S. (2018). Overlapping identities: The role of village and occupational group for small-scale fishers’ perceptions on environment and governance. Marine Policy, 96, 100-110. doi:

Goldbach, C., & Schlüter, A. (2018). Risk aversion, time preferences, and out-migration. Experimental evidence from Ghana and Indonesia. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 150, 132-148. doi:

Goldbach, C., Schlüter, A., & Fujitani, M. (2018). Analyzing potential effects of migration on coastal resource conservation in Southeastern Ghana. Journal of Environmental Management, 209, 475-483. doi:

Halik, A., Verweij, M., & Schlüter, A. (2018). How Marine Protected Areas Are Governed: A Cultural Theory Perspective. Sustainability, 10(1), 252.

Nelson, K., Partelow, S., & Schlüter, A. (2018). Extending the scope of voluntary marine park user fees to terrestrial conservation across coupled land-sea ecosystem boundaries ZMT Working Paper No. 5.

Nelson, K. M., Schlüter, A., & Vance, C. (2018). Distributional preferences and donation behavior among marine resource users in Wakatobi, Indonesia. Ocean & Coastal Management, 162, 34-45. doi:

Partelow, S., Glaser, M., Solano Arce, S., Barboza, R. S. L., & Schlüter, A. (2018). Mangroves, fishers, and the struggle for adaptive comanagement: applying the social-ecological systems framework to a marine extractive reserve (RESEX) in Brazil. Ecology and Society, 23(3). doi:10.5751/ES-10269-230319

Partelow, S., Schlüter, A., Wehrden, H., Jänig, M., & Senff, P. (2018). A sustainability agenda for tropical marine science. Conservation Letters, 11(1), 1-14.

Partelow, S., Senff, P., Buhari, N., & Schlüter, A. (2018). Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework in pond aquaculture. International Journal of the Commons, 12(1).

Rohe, J., Schlüter, A., & Ferse, S. C. A. (2018). A gender lens on women’s harvesting activities and interactions with local marine governance in a South Pacific fishing community. Maritime Studies. doi:10.1007/s40152-018-0106-8

Schlüter, A., Partelow, S., & Fujitani, M. (2018). Coastal systems in transition: From a 'natural' to an 'anthropogenically-modified' state. Ocean & Coastal Management, 162, 1-5. doi:

Spranz, R., Schlüter, A., & Vollan, B. (2018). Morals, money or the master: The adoption of eco-friendly reusable bags. Marine Policy. doi:

Javaid, A., Janssen, M. A., Reuter, H., & Schlüter, A. (2017). When Patience Leads to Destruction: The Curious Case of Individual Time Preferences and the Adoption of Destructive Fishing Gears. Ecological economics, 142, 91-103. doi:

Markus, T., Hillebrand, H., Hornidge, A.-K., Krause, G., & Schlüter, A. (2017). Disciplinary diversity in marine sciences: the urgent case for an integration of research. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Nelson, K. M., Schlüter, A., & Vance, C. (2017). Funding Conservation Locally: Insights from Behavioral Experiments in Indonesia. Conservation Letters, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/conl.12378

Rohe, J. R., Aswani, S., Schlüter, A., & Ferse, S. C. A. (2017). Multiple Drivers of Local (Non-) Compliance in Community-Based Marine Resource Management: Case Studies from the South Pacific. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4(172). doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00172

Javaid, A., Kulesz, M. M., Schlüter, A., Ghosh, A., & Jiddawi, N. S. (2016). Time Preferences and Natural Resource Extraction Behavior: An Experimental Study from Artisanal Fisheries in Zanzibar. PLOS ONE, 11(12), e0168898. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168898

Nelson, K. M., Schlüter, A., & Vance, C. (2016). Funding conservation locally: Insights from behavioral experiments in Indonesia. (3867887586). Ruhr Economic Papers.

Torres-Guevara, L. E., Lopez, M. C., & Schlüter, A. (2016). Understanding Artisanal Fishers’ Behaviors: The Case of Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia. Sustainability, 8(6), 549.

Torres-Guevara, L. E., & Schlüter, A. (2016). External validity of artefactual field experiments: A study on cooperation, impatience and sustainability in an artisanal fishery in Colombia. Ecological economics, 128, 187-201. doi:

Torres Guevara, L. E., Schlüter, A., & Lopez, M. C. (2016). Collective action in a tropical estuarine lagoon: adapting Ostrom’s SES framework to Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia. International Journal of the Commons, 10(1).

Schlüter, A., & Vollan, B. (2015). Flowers and an honour box: Evidence on framing effects. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 57, 186-199.

Weber de Morais, G., Schlüter, A., & Verweij, M. (2015). Can institutional change theories contribute to the understanding of marine protected areas? Global Environmental Change, 31(0), 154-162. doi:

Madrigal-Ballestero, R., Alpízar, F., & Schlüter, A. (2013). Public perceptions of the performance of community-based drinking water organizations in Costa Rica. Water Resources and Rural Development, 1–2(0), 43-56. doi:

Madrigal-Ballestero, R., Schlüter, A., & Lopez, M. C. (2013). What makes them follow the rules? Empirical evidence from turtle egg harvesters in Costa Rica. Marine Policy, 37(0), 270-277. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2012.05.009

Schlüter, A., Wise, S., Schwerdtner Mánez, K., de Morais, G., & Glaser, M. (2013). Institutional Change, Sustainability and the Sea. Sustainability, 5(12), 5373-5390.

Brandt, G., Merico, A., Vollan, B., & Schlüter, A. (2012). Human adaptive behavior in common pool resource systems. PLOS ONE, 7(12), e52763.

Glaser, M., Christie, P., Diele, K., Dsikowitzky, L., Ferse, S., Nordhaus, I., . . . Wild, C. (2012). Measuring and understanding sustainability-enhancing processes in tropical coastal and marine social–ecological systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(3), 300-308. doi:

Schlüter, A., & Madrigal, R. (2012). The SES Framework in a Marin Setting: Turtle Egg Harvesting in Costa Rica. Rationality, Moral and Markets, 3 (Special Issue about: Coevolving Relationships between Political Science and Economics; reflecting the work of Elinor Ostrom), 148-167.

Madrigal, R., Alpízar, F., & Schlüter, A. (2011). Determinants of Performance of Community-Based Drinking Water Organizations. World Development, 39(9), 1663-1675. doi:

Schlüter, A. (2011). Economics, Institutions and the Environment. Freiburg: (Habilitation) IFE.

Schlüter, A., & Koch, M. (2011). Institutional change in the forest sector – trust and mental models. European Journal of Forest Research, 130(3), 383-393. doi:DOI 10.1007/s10342-009-0333-z

Schlüter, A., & Vollan, B. (2011a). Morals as an incentive? An experimental study on a business relying on honour based flower picking. European Review of Agricultural Economics doi:10.1093/erae/jbq045, 38(1), 79-97. doi:doi:10.1093/erae/jbq045

Schlüter, A., & Vollan, B. (2011b). Ohne Moral keine Institutionen ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit - Eine empirische Untersuchung anhand eines Marktes, der sich auf Moral verlässt: Blumen zum Selbstschneiden. In M. Held, G. Kubon-Gilke, & R. Sturn (Eds.), Institutionen ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit (Vol. 9). Marburg: Metropolis.

Schlüter, A., & von Detten, R. (2011). Socio- Economics in Forestry, Special Issue in Honour of Gerhard Oesten. European Journal of Forest Research.

Birke, M., Scheer, D., Schlüter, A., & Ebinger, F. (2010). Innovationen in der Forst-Holz-Kette Entwicklungstrends und Handlungsoptionen. München: Oekom.

Schlüter, A. (2010). Institutional Change and Qualitative Research. Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 22, 391-406.

Schlüter, A., & Nichiforel, L. (2010). Marktmacht oder macht Markt? Märkte der Wald und Holzwirtschaft zwischen Emergenz und Steuerbarkeit. Forst und Holz.

Schlüter, A., & Theesfeld, I. (2010). The grammar of institutions: the challenge to distinguish between norms and rules. Rationality and Society, 22(4), 445-475.

Schlüter, A. (2009a). Elinor Ostroms Nobelpreis und die Schweizer Forstwissenschaft. Scheizerische Zeitschrift für das Forstwesen, 160(11), 351.

Schlüter, A. (2009b). Institutional change & ecological economics; Mental Models and Sufficient Reason for understanding institutional change. In V. Beckmann & M. Padmanaban (Eds.), Institutions and Sustainability: Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment (pp. 315-339). Berlin: Springer.

Holzmann, M., Schlüter, A., Koch, M., Petkau, A., & Sauter, U. (2008). Transponder mit Potenzial bei der Holzmobilisierung. Holzzentralblatt(8), 8.

Schlüter, A. (2008). Small-Scale European Forestry, an Anticommons? International Journal of the Commons, 2(2), 248-268.

Ahmadiar, S., & Schlüter, A. (2007). Das Rundholzverfahren des Kartellamtes aus wettbewerbstheoretischer Sicht. AFJZ, 178(11/12), 220-224.

Ostrom, E., & Schlüter, A. (Eds.). (2007). The Challenge of Self-Governance in Complex, Globalizing Economies (Vol. 47). IFE Working paper Series Freiburg: Institute of Forestry Economics.

Phillimore, P., Schlüter, A., Pless-Mulloli, T., & Bell, P. (2007). Residents, regulators, and risk in two industrial towns. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 25, 73-89.

Schlüter, A. (2007a). Institutional change in the forestry sector—The explanatory potential of New Institutional Economics. Forest Policy and Economics(9), 1090-1099.

Schlüter, A. (2007b). Institutional Change in Transition: Restitution, Transformation and Privatisation in Czech Agriculture. In V. Beckmann & K. Hagedorn (Eds.), Understanding Agricultural Transition Institutional Change and Economic Performance in a Comparative Perspective (Vol. 26, pp. 191-224). Aachen: Shaker.

Ebinger, F., Cahyandito, M. F., Detten, R. v., & Schlüter, A. (2006). Just a paper tiger? Exploration of sustainability reporting as a corporate communication instrument. In S. Schaltegger, M. Bennett, & R. Burritt (Eds.), Sustainability accounting and reporting (Vol. 21, pp. 511-532). Dordrecht: Springer.

Schlüter, A. (2006a). Hemmnisse institutionellen Wandels im Kleinprivatwald Überlegungen aus Sicht der Neuen Institutionenökonomik. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für das Forstwesen, 157(3-4), 84-91.

Schlüter, A. (2006b). Book Review: Environmentality: Technologies of government and the making of subjects. Scheizerische Zeitschrift für das Forstwesen, 157(3-4), 127.

Schlüter, A. (2005). Ideology and Ethics; Can we prescribe institutional change? Silva Carelica, 49, 147-157.

Schlüter, A., & Phillimore, P. (2005). Rationalising risk: arguing over safety on the Firth of Forth. focaal; European Journal of Anthropology, 46, 79-90.

Ebinger, F., Oesten, G., & Schlüter, A. (2004). Wie die Axt im Walde; Neue Herausforderungen für das Selbstbild der Forstwirtschaft. Politische Ökologie, 22, 26-17.

Schlüter, A. (2004). Views from a producer town: Public Perceptions, Technology and the Distribution of Environmental Risk. In A. Haugestad & J. D. Wulfhorst (Eds.), Future as Fairness; Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship (Vol. 10, pp. 63-84). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Schlüter, A., Phillimore, P., & Moffatt, S. (2004). Enough is Enough; Evolving "environmental" activism of close neighbours of a petrochemical complex. Environmental Politics, 13(4), 716-733.

Schlüter, A. (2003). The Privatisation Process in Czech Agriculture through and Institutionalist eye. Scientia Agriculturae Bohemica, 34(3), 105-111.

Schlüter, A. (2001a). The contribution of the theories of Institutional Change to the explanation of Property Rights Reform Processes in Agriculture in a transition economy. In B. Knerr, M. Kirk, & G. Buchenrieder (Eds.), The Role of Resource Tenure, Finance & Social Security in Rural Development (pp. 61-75). Weikersheim: Margraf.

Schlüter, A. (2001b). Institutioneller Wandel und Transformation (Vol. 3). Aachen: Shaker.

Hanisch, M., & Schlüter, A. (2000). Institutional Analysis and Institutional Change: What to learn from the Case of Bulgarian Land Reform? In P. Tillack & E. Schulze (Eds.), Land Ownership, Land Markets and their Influence on the Efficiency of Agricultural Production in Central and Eastern Europe (pp. 152-170). Kiel: Vauk.

Schlüter, A., & Christmann, S. (1995). Das Versicherungswesen in der Volksrepublik China. Zeitschrift für das Versicherungswesen, 46(9), 246-249.


Schlüter, A. (2001) Institutioneller Wandel und Transformation. Doktorarbeit, Landwirtschaftlich-Gärternische Fakultät, Berlin: Humboldt Universität.

Schlüter, A. (1996) Probleme der Exportdiversifikation eines Ricardogüterproduzenten aufgezeigt am Beispiel Bolivien. Diplomarbeit, Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Marburg: Phillips Universität.