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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.

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

The overall goal of my doctoral research is to gain an advanced understanding of the functioning of multi-level governance systems that lack coordination in coupled and complex social ecological systems. To achieve this, I am applying and adapting the SoS approach in the WEF-Nexus context. Hopefully, my work highlights possible improvements and pathways that could lead to more participatory integrated system designs.

Further activities

  • 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”
  • Board member of IUSF
  • Faculty Council Member in the School of Mathematics/Computer Science

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