2016 has been a fruitful year for the Rural Sociology Group and it had a smashing ending: an invitation by the EU-commission to prepare a Grant Agreement for the H2020 proposal ROBUST on rural-urban relations. Rural Sociology will be coordinating ROBUST. We will keep you posted.
A list of all 2016 publications by the Rural Sociology Group can be accessed through the Library of Wageningen University and Research. Among them 22 peer reviewed articles.
In 2016 seven PhD-candidates have successfully defended their thesis:
- Methorst: Farmers’ perception of opportunities for farm development
- Laurent Umans: On the edge of fluidity: international cooperation in turbulent times
- Lisa Bossenbroek: Behind the Veil of Agricultural Modernization: Gendered Dynamics of Rural Change in the Saïss, Morocco
- Archana Patnaik: Seeds as biosocial commons: an analysis of various practices in India
- Sanne Holtslag-Broekhof: Dealing with private property for public purposes : an interdisciplinary study of land transactions from a micro-scale perspective
- Nashiru Sulemana: Under the lens of embeddedness: socio-cultural perspective on home-grown school feeding in Ghana
- Soutrik Basu: Knowledge production, agriculture and commons: the case of generation challenge programme
Of the main, EU-funded, research projects we are involved in two have come to an end in 2016:
- GLAMUR: as announced in an previous blog findings have been published in a Special Issue of Sustainability: “Sustainability Performance of Conventional and Alternative Food Chains”.
- SUPERBFOOD: publication of the findings is anticipated for 2017 in a special issue of Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems.
Two projects will be continued:
- TRANSMANGO: will be concluded in January 2018 and various publications are anticipated.
- SUSPLACE: a MSCA Actions ITN programme with 15 Early Stage Researchers who will start their empirical research in 2017 once their Research Designs have been approved.
In 2016 we also experienced some changes in our academic staff:
- Both Guido Ruivenkamp and Jan Douwe van der Ploeg have retired. The latter will have his Farewell address on January 26, following a Seminar on the Future of Peasants Studies;
- Ina Horlings has got a new position as adjunct-professor at Groningen University Groningen;
- Gina Villarreal and Aniek Hebinck left as their temporary contracts have ended.
In 2017 we however hope to welcome a new colleague. A pre-announcement of a vacancy for an Associate or Full Professor in Agrarian Sociology has just been posted.
We will keep you posted in 2017!