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Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)
Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)
Bochumer Fenster, 4th floor
Massenbergstraße 9 B
44787 Bochum

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PhD project: ‘Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: Understanding Interlinkages and Exploring Implications in the South African and Ghanaian Context’,
supervisors: Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger (IFHV) & Prof. Dr. Santurnino M. Borras Jr. (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Global Water and Food Policies, Impacts and Reactions "From Below"
Food Sovereignty
Sustainable Urban Transformation incl. Urban Agriculture
Climate Change Adaptation
Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects

Since 01/2016    Joint PhD student at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Since 11/2014    PhD student at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)

10/2005-06/2012    Diploma in Social Sciences (British equivalent MA) with a focus on developing regions, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen (Germany)

Since 10/2017 PhD scholarship ‘Project International’ (PR.INT), RUB Research School Plus

11/2015-10/2016 Erasmus Mundus scholarship (EUSA_ID) for a research and teaching mobility in South Africa

07/2012-12/2012 Engagement Global grant for a research and work stay in Indonesia

11/2010-01/2011  DAAD scholarship for a research stay in Uganda

11/2015-10/2016    Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Social Development (ISD) & DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town (South Africa)

07/2012-12/2012    Junior Consultant, Project Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change (PAKLIM), German Development Cooperation (GIZ), Semarang (Indonesia)

11/2010-01/2011    Visiting Study Fellow within the Academic Partnership for Environment and Development Innovations in Africa (APEDIA), Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda)

12/2017    ‘Engaging with Food Sovereignty to Fight Exclusion in the Food System? Reflections of an Urban Agriculture Initiative in South Africa’, 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, Cape Town, South Africa, 5 December 2017.

09/2017    ‘Chancen und Herausforderungen des entwicklungspolitischen Engagements’, Interkulturelles Dialogforum zu entwicklungspolitischem Engagement und SDGs, Deutsch Afrika Ruhr Forum (DARF) e.V., Bochum, 24 September 2017.

06/2017    ‘Deutsche Entwicklungspolitik der Praxis: Die Bedeutung der europäischen Außen- und Entwicklungspolitik für die deutsche Entwicklungszusammenarbeit’ (seminar), with Prof. Dr. Uwe Andersen und Dr. Meik Nowak, Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V., Bonn, 25-28 June 2017.

12/2016    ‘Transforming Urban Food Systems: The Role of Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture Initiatives. Perspectives from South Africa’, Envisioning the Future of Food Across North-South Divides: Transregional Foo Networks and Movements, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, 2 December 2016.

10/2016    ‘Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty: The Role of Local Food Movements in Urban Food Policies. A Case Study of George, South Africa’, Food Studies Conference 2016, University of Berkeley California, Berkeley, USA, 13 October 2016.

08/2016    ‘Promoting sustainable livelihoods and healthy nutrition: The role of community-driven gardening initiatives in urban food systems. A case study of George, South Africa’, World Nutrition Congress 2016, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 August 2016.

10/2015    ‘Food Sovereignty in South Africa: The Right to the City in Urban Agriculture’, Conference on Global Sustainability and Local Foods, The American University of Rome and the American Academy in Rome, Italy, 2 October 2015.

09/2015    ‘Food Sovereignty in South Africa: Policy Implications and the Right to the City in Urban Agriculture’, Tropentag 2015: Management of land use systems for enhanced food security - conflicts, controversies and resolutions, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and Humboldt-University Berlin, 17 September 2015.

05/2014    ‘From Zuma's South Africa to Museveni's Uganda’, Africa Today, Deutsch Afrika Ruhr Forum (DARF) e.V., Bochum, 11 May 2014.

12/2013    ‘Adaptive capacity of low-income communities in inundation affected areas in Indonesia’, The Post Disaster Space: Recovery, Recuperation and Adaptation. Research Experiences from the Global North and South, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen, 3 December 2013.

2016    (with Steven Engler): Die Mehrdeutigkeit der globalen Ernährungskrise. Weg zu einer neuen Nachhaltigkeit am Beispiel der Stadt George, Südafrika. In: Potysch, N.; Bauer; M. (eds.), Deutungsspielräume. Mehrdeutigkeit als kulturelles Phänomen. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 263-282.

2016    (with Julian May): Urbane Landwirtschaft und das Recht auf Stadt. Theoretische Reflektion und ein Praxisbeispiel aus George, Südafrika. In: Engler, S. et al. (eds.) Regional, innovativ und gesund. Nachhaltige Ernährung als Teil der großen Transformation. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, pp. 153-168.

2015    (with Jonas Metzger, Franziska Ollendorf): Smallholder Farming under Threat? In: Digital Development Debates, Issue 16 Food & Farming.

2014    (with Stefan Buchholz): Deutsch-südafrikanische Hochschulkooperation. In: Afrika Süd. Zeitschrift zum südlichen Afrika, 6/2014, pp. 36-37.

2014    (with Steven Engler, Johannes Köster): Farmers Food Insecurity Monitoring. Identifying situations of food insecurity and famine. In: IFHV Working Paper, Vol. 4, No. 3, Bochum.

2014    Die Global Governance des Wassers - Eine Untersuchung der Wasserpolitik und städtischen Versorgungslage in Uganda. In: Working Papers on Development and Global Governance, No. 5, UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies, Duisburg/Bochum.

German (mother tongue)
English (fluent)
French (beginner)