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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE)
Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)
Universitätsstraße 105,
44789 Bochum

Room 2.06
Tel.: +49 234 32-19024

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PhD project: ‘Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: Understanding Interlinkages and Exploring Implications in the South African 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 11/2016    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 2013 Research Fellow at the IEE
Research Stays
02/2018 – 04/2018 Short-term research stay, University of Development Studies, Tamale, and University of Ghana, Legon (Ghana)
Since 11/2016 Regular Research Stays, ISS, The Hague (The Netherlands)
11/2015-10/2016 One-year research and teaching mobility, 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 Consultancy, 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)
Siebert, A. (2019): Transforming urban food systems in South Africa: unfolding food sovereignty in the city. In: The Journal of Peasant Studies (online first).

Further publications: ORCID
11/2018    RUB Research School Plus Grant for the organisation of 7th PhD Conference on International Development at the IEE
10/2017 – 04/2018 RUB Research School Plus Grant ‘Project International’ (PR.INT): Research stay in Ghana and conference attendance
11/2015-10/2016 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship EUSA_ID: Research and teaching mobility in South Africa
07/2012-12/2012 Engagement Global Grant: Research and work stay in Indonesia
11/2010-01/2011 DAAD Scholarship: Research stay in Uganda
11/2018    ‘Unfolding Food Sovereignty in the City: A Case of Urban Food Producers in South Africa’, 7th PhD Conference on International Development, Ruhr University Bochum, 9 November 2018.
07/2018    ‘Unequal Food Systems and Responses from Below: Experiences of Urban Food Producers in South Africa’, PhD Workshop: Urban Food Systems and Governance in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 9 July 2018.
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.
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 Food 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.

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