By prof. dr ir Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
At the end of October I had the opportunity to meet a large group of social activists involved in the development of Farmers’ Markets in Beijing. I gave a short presentation in a meeting with some 150 people (see the announcement). It took place in a cinema with my Power Point Presentation projected on the screen normally used for films. The good thing was that the projected images were now up to 5 times larger than me myself. I felt reduced to the right proportions. Afterwards we had a lengthy conversation on the construction of new markets, peasant agriculture and new peasants. The nearby Farmers’ Market (that frequently changes location: it travels through Beijing) impressed me very much: it was, as it were, a perfect illustration of the discussion we had inside the cinema. Many peasants, many new peasants as well. Continue reading
The Rural Sociology Group is looking for a MSc student who is willing to do his/her master thesis research on leadership in 2 Dutch regions in the context of an international comparative research in the spring of 2016.
The central question is how leadership plays a role in rural and metropolitan regional development. Continue reading
Are you a student of International Development studies, Organic Agriculture, Food Technology, or Development and Rural Innovation and are you interested in topics varying from food provisioning, urban-rural linkages to sustainable place-shaping? Then the Rural Sociology Group is the perfect place to look for thesis supervision!
Recently the article on FoodLinks that you can read below was published on the EU websites Horizon2020 and Research & Innovation. FoodLinks is one of the EU-projects the Rural Sociology Group worked on between 2011 and 2013. If you want to know more about the initial project read here.
Can too many cooks spoil the broth? Not if they find the right way to work together. An EU-funded project explored new methods for researchers, policy-makers and civil society groups to collaborate to make food sustainable – for both people and the planet.’ Continue reading
From Monday October 26th till Friday November 6th, you are able to vote for your favourite Wageningen University teachers, thereby deciding who will become the nominees for the Teacher of the Year 2016.
The Teacher of the Year Award is an expression of recognition of the teacher’s efforts. It acts as a source of inspiration and underlines the importance of good education.
Are you a 2nd-year student or up, then vote for your three favourite teachers by logging in with SSC via this link. By voting you have a chance of winning one of the Wageningen University sweaters!
The Teacher of the Year Award is initiated by the University Fund Wageningen.
As part of a voluntary course offered by Rural Sociology, 16 students visited Italy to look at two different examples of global food security in action. Emmelien Venselaar, who studies International Development, has written a short blog wherein she reflects on her experiences. Happy reading.
Students get ready to observe politics in action at the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (photo by X. Jiang)
As part of the Capita Selecta “Global Food Security Governance” from chair group RSO, 16 students got the chance to visit the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. This Committee is an intergovernmental body addressing global food security governance. It aims to be inclusive and thus takes the interests of states, civil society, NGO’s and the private sector into account. In practice this means that a discussion can be conducted by Coca Cola, Finland, peasants and a representative of the FAO. This conference is an annual event hosted by the Food and Agricultural Organization, a UN agency, in Rome. During three days we experienced what is it like to formulate international guidelines at nighttime, watch African students pitch their business ideas, discuss matters over lunch on the roof terrace of the FAO office, take one minute espresso breaks to get us through the day and network our way through the side events. As students, we are quite used to short nights, networking events and important discussions. Only this time it was much more official than at our student associations or student board events back in Wageningen. This time we were talking politics.
By Claire Baker, PhD-student from the University of New England in Australia.
Working title of my PhD-project: ‘Experiencing change in a globalising agricultural economy: An Australian ethnographic case study 1945-2015′.
I have been very fortunate to have spent some time with the dynamic Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University as a Visiting Scholar over the last couple of weeks. This has been an intensive period of discussion and reading during which I have further refined the theoretical and methodological framework for my research project. Continue reading