Prof. Dr. Birgit Müller


Head of Working Group POLISES (POLicy Instruments and Socio-Environmental Systems under global change)

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building 1, room 2.04

Tel.: +49 341 6025 2664    

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Birgit Müller

Research Interests

Use of process-based models for an enhanced understanding and governance of social-ecological systems under global change:

  1. Exploring dynamics of socio-environmental resource systems under uncertainty
  2. Effects of policy instruments for global food security and for coping with climate risk (such as weather insurances) on socio-environmental systems (SES)
  3. Adequate representation of human decisions in agent-based models for natural resource use Journal Club
  4. Advancement of methods related to incorporate cross-scale effects in land use models
  5. Potential of SES models as tool of thinking and tool for communication in inter- and transdisciplinary research    

Current Projects

Finished Projects


  • Member of external advisory board of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Centre (SESYNC) Annapolis, US (since 2018)
  • Member of Editorial Board of open-access journal SESMO – Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling (since 2019)
  • Member of Steering Committee of Global Land Program Working Group: “Large-scale Behavioural Models of Land Use Change”


Latest Publications:

Full list of publications: Publications