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Osnabrück University
Institute of Environmental Systems Research
Barbarastr. 22c
49076 Osnabrück

Room 92/105
Tel: +49 541 969 3435
Fax: +49 541 969 2599

Fabian Heitmann

Resources Management & Behavioral Economics for the Environment

Research Interests

  • System of Systems Engineering
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach
  • Innovative modeling methods for human decision-making processes
  • Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Ecosystem services approach
  • Communicating knowledge from science to policy and vice versa
  • Drivers of social change
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Design and application of agent-based modeling techniques on complex social-ecological systems


  • System of Systems Engineering
  • Participatory Modeling
  • Functional Organization Analysis


I am a PhD candidate working in the interface between resources management and systems engineering. With my background in environmental systems & resource management, I try to fulfil the requirement of a systematic analysis of problems inside environmental Systems of Systems.

The overall objective of the doctoral research is to promote and advance synergies between Systems Engineering and Natural Resources Management by developing pathways for designing decision making processes in a nature human technology context. The complexity of coupled and complex adaptive systems, e.g. the Water-Energy-Food Nexus or sustainability strategies, influences the design of decision making processes and strategy building. Integrated process design which is promoted by the framework, can assist in such tasks on an urban, regional, and national level. The interdisciplinary character of my research very much benefits from collaboration with colleagues seed funded in preparation of the interdisciplinary Research Training Group of the IUSF. Hopefully, my work highlights possible improvements and pathways that could lead to more participatory integrated system designs.

Assessing and solving problems in environmental System of Systems from a holistic viewpoint is one of my main motivations in my research. My PhD is structured as followed:

  1. Development of a "WEF-Nexus System of Systems Design Framework".
  2. Requirement Analysis by carrying out special types of interviews
  3. Functional Analysis
  4. Highlighting the relationships between the current German sustainability strategy and urban sustainability strategies in terms of requirements and functions

Further activities

  • Faculty Council Member in the School of Mathematics/Computer Science
  • Board member of IUSF
  • IT administration for the Institute of Environmental Systems Research (IUSF)
  • Technical administration for the Water-Energy-Food Forum on “Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance”

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