The European Research Station for Rural Areas was founded 1990 at the University of Hohenheim. Its task is to do research in Rural Areas Subjects, which are of importance for Rural Areas in Europe and their development. The research station is dealing especially with interdisciplinary and empirical research projects of economic and structural problems of Rural Areas.
The Research Station is lead by a board of directors, consisting of a chair and a vice chair. The board of directors is responsible for the research program of the station and for the implementation of new research programs. Besides the board of directors working currently scientific researchers and students at the research unit. It has a permanent stuff of researchers and is affiliated to further ones who are employed in different departments of the University of Hohenheim in Economics, business and Agriculture Economics. The permanent stuff has different background and represents by this the interdisciplinary character of the research unit.
As a European Research Station the institution works closely together with scientific Institutions and administrative Organs of the neighbouring countries - in the European Union as well as in Eastern Europe. Since its foundation the EFLR has conducted numerous research projects for the European Union and the Ministry of Rural Areas of Baden-Wurttemberg as well as for the PHARE Program and for the MOEL. Furthermore, experience can be proofed in SME development in Baden-Wurttemberg, Czech Republic and Romania. This includes the whole range of the sector such as services, manufacturing, food processing and small-scale industry.
Professor Dr. Klaus Herdzina
Professor Herdzina is professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Hohenheim and Director of the European Research Station for Rural Areas at the University of Hohenheim. His has done research and published books and articles on topics such as industrial economics, microeconomics, theory and policy of competition, labor market theory, structural change, rural development, regional disparities, and innovation in SMEs and craft enterprises.
Stephanie Hegner, Dipl. oec.
Stephanie Hegner is Economist and Manager of the European Research Station for Rural Areas at the University of Hohenheim. Her specialisms are development and innovation in SMEs and craft enterprises especially in rural areas, entrepreneurship, regional networks and regional policy.
Raimund Jehle, Dipl.-Ing. sc. agr.
Raimund Jehle is Senior Researcher at the European Research Station for Rural Areas at the University of Hohenheim. In 1997 he ACE-Phare Research Fellow at the Czech Agricultural University in Prague. He has research experience in the development of rural areas in transition economies (Czech Republic and Rumania). His specialisms are rural areas, entrepreneurship, SMEs, regional policy and endogenous development.
Bettina Brand, Dipl.-Ing. sc. agr.
Bettina Brand is since May 2000 a Researcher at the European Research Station for Rural Areas at the University of Hohenheim. Her specialisations are agricultural and regional policies and the rural development.