Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch is an agricultural economist with a background in institutional and resource economics. He holds the chair of Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

His research interest combines approaches of political theory and institutional economics with cooperative studies. Professor Hanisch is participating in or leading several research projects in close collaboration with national and international research foundations and financiers (such as the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research or FAO).

He belongs to the group of Affiliated Faculty at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshops for Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and works on several editorial boards. As a senior lecturer he gives the course “Co-operation and Co-operative Organizations” in the EU-funded International Masters Programme for Rural Development (IMRD).