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PhD Exchange Student from the ISS

2018 09 AdwoaWe currently have a PhD student visiting from the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong is staying from August until December 2018. RUB Research School is funding her stay. She is happy to be working closely with Anne Siebert, and under the supervision of Prof. Löwenstein. Her broad research interests are in rural development and agriculture, social justice and policy planning. Adwoa and Anne are writing a joint paper on farmers’ and farm workers’ engagement with food sovereignty in Ghana.

In her PhD research, Adwoa is looking into the labour dynamics of transnational large-scale agricultural land acquisitions (land deals) to draw implications for rural development and policy. She is undertaking an in-depth study of an Oil Palm land deal in Ghana. Specifically, she focuses on the management processes and the labour conditions for wage farmworkers, their livelihoods, and their differentiated political reactions. In the end, she hopes to see how these processes affect agrarian transitions in the affected communities, especially in terms of the modification or not of existing modes of production, changes in labour regimes, as well as their impacts on workers food security/sovereignty.

She is looking forward to interact with researchers and students and to get to know the IEE.