The aim of the project is to compile a research-supported source edition which documents everyday life and violence as experienced by local populations in German-occupied Europe during the Second World War. The project will simultaneously identify fields of research which could guide future investigations of experiences of war in a comparative perspective. The printed source edition will be published in English. In addition, an online portal will be generated by all project partners and hosted by the Herder Institute. Both the print and online versions are aimed at academic scholarship, the teaching profession, the media and a wider, interested reading public. The editorial project supports the internationalization strategy of the Herder Institute in an ideal way, since it brings together internationally renowned institutions and cooperation partners from fifteen European countries in an innovative research network.
EPIKUR assesses agricultural production potentials consisting of yield gaps and unused land resources in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia. Yield gaps are estimated by combing spatially explicit crop growth models with farm-level efficiency analyses. A spatial allocation model is used to estimate production potentials of abandoned land. Future production potentials are assessed under scenarios of technological progress, climate change, and the economics of recultivation. The assessment of production increases includes a trade-off analysis between CO2 emissions and economic benefits of recultivation. EPIKUR contributes to building a strong network for advancing the science and understanding of agricultural potentials in transition economies.