Research Fellow + PhD Student
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-19024
Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294
In Ghana and South Africa, the official interest in agriculture in urban centres and suburbs is quite recent, although it has been practised for a long time. Urban agriculture is associated with many benefits including increasing food security of households, diversifying diets, and income provision. These are just some of the reasons why academics, governments, and aid organisations have touted urban agriculture as the panacea for disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the Global South. However, an adequate consideration of interests and needs of urban farmers and their incorporation into policies remains weak.
This research project applies a more critical perspective on existing top-down approaches in urban agriculture, emphasising the agenda of food gardeners, their motivations and how they individually perceive the benefits. Guided by the theoretical approach of the right to the city and the concept of food sovereignty, the role of innovative farming initiatives in the urban food system, their political value for an inclusive and sustainable transformation of the city is analysed. The combination of both theoretical concepts offers important aspects for the improvement of urban agriculture from a socio-political and ecological perspective. Based on this considerations, a platform for the much needed dialogue between policy-makers and communities is introduced. In this context, this research questions how an optimal environment for urban farming initiatives in terms of governmental support and integration on a local level should be designed. Empirical research will be conducted in George, South Africa and Tamale, Ghana.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger
|2013 - present:||Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Research Fellow and PhD Student
|2015 - 2016:||Institute for Development Studies (ISD), University of the Western Cape, South Africa
EUSA_ID Fellow, one-year research stay and teaching mobility
|2012:||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Semarang, Indonesia
Junior Consultant, Project Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change (PAKLIM)
|2005 - 2012:||Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
Master in Social Sciences (Dipl. Soz.-Wiss.), with a focus on developing regions
|2010 - 2011:||Makerere University Kampala, Uganda
Research stay within the Academic Partnership for Environment and Development Innovations in Africa (APEDIA)