Lisa Murken

Working Group Leader

Lisa Murken co-leads the working group Adaptation in Agricultural Systems. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector and socio-economic impacts of climate change.

In her doctoral dissertation in agricultural economics, she analyzed the effects of different land tenure modalities on farmers' resilience to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on econometric methods applied to household panel data. Her PhD (completed in 02/2023) was funded by the German National Academic Foundation.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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Lisa studied International Relations at the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis (BA) and holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining PIK she worked as a consultant for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

  • Land tenure and local commons
  • Resilience of socio-ecological systems to climate change
  • Agricultural economics and development economics
  • Evaluation of adaptation strategies

Work in progress (selected):

Murken, L.
, Mager, G., Laudien, R., Kraehnert, K. & Gornott, C. The impact of weather risk on tenure security – Evidence from smallholder farmers in Tanzania (under review)

Murken, L.,
Kraehnert, K. & Gornott, C. Is this land for sale? The effects of drought on land ownership in Uganda (under review)

Murken, L.,
van den Broek, K., Adriko, J., Kraehnert K. & Gornott, C. The role of tenure security in farmers’ decision-making on improved seeds use: Insights from mental models (submitted)

Peer-reviewed publications:

Murken, L.
& Gornott, C  (2022). The importance of different land tenure systems for farmers' response to climate change: a systematic review. Climate Risk Management,

von Loeben, S., Murken, L., Lombardi, N. & Baas, S. (2021): Evaluating Costs and Benefits of Farm-Level Disaster and Climate Risk Management Good Practices. - In:Leal Filho, W., Luetz, J., Ayal, D. (Eds.), Handbook of Climate Change Management, Cham : Springer.

Siderius, C., Conway, D., Yassine, M., Murken, L., Lostis, P., & Dalin, C. (2020). Multi-scale analysis of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Arabian Gulf region. Environmental Research Letters 15,

Policy reports and working papers:

AGRICA Climate Risk Analyses:

  • Ghana (2019): (as lead author)
  • Ethiopia (2020): (as lead author)
  • Ghana sub-national (2021): (as co-author)
  • Burkina Faso (2021): (as co-author)
  • Niger (2021): (as co-author)

Siderius, C., Conway, D., Yassine, M., Murken, L. & Lostis, P., 2019. Characterising the water-energy-food nexus in Kuwait and the Gulf region. LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series (28). Middle East Centre, LSE, London, UK.

FAO, 2019. Disaster risk reduction at farm level: Multiple benefits, no regrets. Rome.160 pp. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO, (Lombardi, N., Murken, L., von Loeben, S. & Baas, S.)



  • Agrica_21:
  • Agrica_Madagascar:

ClimSec Sahel:

  • ClimSec Sahel 2.0:

  • PhD Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation, 08/2020 - 12/2022
  • Carlo-Schmid Fellowship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 09/2017 - 03/2018
  • MSc Environment and Development Best Overall Performance Prize (awarded by the London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Geography & Environment), 11/2017
  • Study scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation, 07/2013 - 08/2017