M.Sc. Laura Carlson


Research Associate
laura.carlson[at]tum.de
Phone +49 8161 71 2540
Room 4107.I.109

Laura Carlson is a research associate at the Chair of Economics in Horticulture and Landscaping. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Her master’s work on social sustainability in the clothing industry in Bangladesh and her bachelor and post-bachelor research work on forest management were heavily influenced by concepts of New Institutional Economics. One of her particular interests is the relationship between formal and informal social and economic institutions at multiple levels of governance and their influence on sustainability outcomes.

In her free time she enjoys spending time tending her allotment garden in the Kleingartenanlage SW 52 e.V. München.

Research Interests

Interactions between formal and informal institutions, their effects on resource use and resource users, and resulting impacts on economic, social and environmental sustainability
Community organizing and alternative institutional arrangements
Locally organized resource networks and their impacts on supply chains

Scientific publications

Carlson, L. A. & Bitsch, V. (2019). Applicability of Transaction Cost Economics to Understanding Organizational Structures in Solidarity-Based Food Systems in Germany. Sustainability 11 (4), 1095. doi.org/10.3390/su11041095

Carlson, L. & V. Bitsch (2018). Social sustainability in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh: An institutional approach to supply chains. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 21 (2): 269-292. doi.org/10.22434/IFAMR2017.0114

Carlson, L. & Bitsch, V. (2018). Solidarity: a key element in alternative food networks. Proceedings in System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks 2018, 261-270. doi.org/10.18461/pfsd.2018.1819

York, A., Janssen, M., Carlson, L. (2006). Diversity of incentives for private forest landowners: An assessment of programs in Indiana. Land Use Policy, 23(4), 542-550.

Nagendra, H., Tucker, C.M., Carlson, L., Southworth, J., Karmacharya, M., & Karna, B. (2004). Monitoring Parks Through Remote Sensing: Studies in Nepal and Honduras. Environmental Management, 34(5), 748-760. doi:10.1007/s00267-004-0028-7

Southworth, J., Nagendra, H., Carlson, L., & Tucker, C.M. (2004). Assessing the Impact of Celaque National Park on Forest Fragmentation in Western Honduras. Applied Geography, 24(4), 303-322.

Carlson, L., Janssen, M., Myint, T., Ostrom, E., & York, A. (2002). Empirical Foundations for Agent-Based Modeling: How Do Institutions Affect Agents’ Land-Use Decision Processes in Indiana? Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Agent 2002 Conference on Social Agents: Ecology, Exchange, and Evolution, Chicago.

Evans, T. P., Green, G. M., & Carlson, L. (2001). Multi-Scale Analysis of Landcover Composition and Landscape Management of Public and Private Lands in Indiana. In A. C. Millington, Walsh, S. J., & Osborne, P.E. (Ed.), GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Biogeography and Ecology (1 ed., Vol. 626, pp. 271-287): Springer US.

Vasenda, S., Carlson, L., Riley, D., Summers, K., Yoder, A., & et al. (2000). Groups Affecting Policy in Southern Indiana: Forest, Wildlife, and Roads. CIPEC Summary Report CSR-2. Bloomington: Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Indiana University. Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Indiana University., Bloomington.

Koontz, T. M., Kauneckis, D., & Carlson, L. (1999). A Strategy for the Integrated Study of Private Land Use in Monroe County, Indiana.

Koontz, T., Carlson L., & Schweik Ch. (1998). Linking Satellite Images to Land Use Activities: An Exploratory Study of Southern Indiana Non-Industrial Private Forests. Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Indiana University.

Selected Presentations

Carlson, Laura and Vera Bitsch. 2020. The role of science in supporting the development of a robust and legitimate participatory guarantee system (PGS) for CSAs in Germany. 176th EAAE Seminar; Igls-Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks. Garmisch-P, Germany, February 10-14, 2020.

Carlson, Laura. 2020. Wo Steht die Solawi-Bewegung in Deutschland? Fachtag der Solidarische Landwirtschaft. Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Berlin, Germany. January 22, 2020.

Carlson, Laura. 2019. Social Innovation in Alternative Food Networks: Can Solidarity replace Sustainability? Kolloquium der Thünen ökonomischen Institute. Braunschweig, Germany. November 13, 2019

Carlson, Laura and Vera Bitsch. 2019. Mapping a Movement GIS mapping of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations in Germany, institutional jurisdictions, infrastructure, demographic variables and agricultural land. 170 th EAAE Seminar. Governance of food chains and consumption dynamics: what are the impacts on food security and sustainability? Montpellier, France, May 15-17, 2019. (Poster presentation)

Carlson, Laura and Vera Bitsch.2019. Key institutions influencing formation, organization and operation of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Germany. 169th EAAE Seminar: Igls-Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks, Garmisch-P, Germany, February 18-22, 2019

Carlson, Laura and Vera Bitsch. 2018. Applying Transaction Cost Analysis to Solidarity-based Food Systems in Germany. 164 th EAAE Seminar: Preserving Ecosystem Services via Sustainable Agro-food Chains, Chania, Greece, September 5-7, 2018.

Carlson, Laura and Vera Bitsch 2018. Solidarity: a key element for social innovation in food systems through alternative food networks. 163rd EAAE Seminar: Igls-Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks. Innsbruck-Igls, Austria, February 5-9, 2018.