About Aniek Hebinck

Aniek is a Jr. Researcher at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University. She is interested in unfolding sustainability practices and exploring how these are constructed. In this she is combining her background in nutrition and sociology with her love for food by focusing on food provisioning.

Fundamental but still contentious: Right to Food at the CFS

Rural Sociology’s Jessica Duncan is currently at the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). She and Nadia Lambek are live covering the meeting. Their previous contribution was an introduction to the CFS: ‘5 things you need to know about the CFS’.

Food Governance

This blog was originally posted here on the Event Blog of the Committee on World Food Security. It was written by Nadia Lambek and Jessica Duncan.

CFS in action (photo by X. Jiang) CFS42 (photo by X. Jiang)

When the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) reformed in 2009 it identified the promotion of the right to food as one of its goals. This was an important development, as recognizing human rights is fundamental to achieving food security.

Despite this development, however, the issue of human rights is still contentious within the CFS. Participants continue to clash over whether to include human rights in the CFS’s outputs and on whether or not to adopt a rights-based perspective in making policy recommendations.

Observers attending the first plenary session of the CFS might have been surprised to see that very few governments chose to mention human rights and the right to food in their opening addresses.  Indeed, these…

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Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Boston, April 5-9th 2017

Understanding challenges and opportunities for future food and nutrition Security

TRANSMANGO’s Dr. Brídín Carroll (University College Dublin, Ireland) is chairing this session at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston. Abstracts due the 25th of October!

TRANSMANGO

Understanding challenges and opportunities for future food and nutrition security

Bridin Carroll

It is well established that the food system is globally integrated and that this system is subject to a wide range of drivers of change including climate, economic concentration and market structure, financial power, resource competition, marginalization, property rules, geo-political shifts, consumer preferences, consumption patterns and nutritional transition. These drivers of change affect how food flows through this system, at all stages from production to consumption (Yakovleva, 2007; Tansey, 1994). It is important to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of these drivers, as well as to systematically assess the vulnerabilities of the food system (pressures, hazards, shocks and stresses), in the context of socio-economic, behavioural, technological, institutional and agro-ecological change.

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PhD Defence: Knowledge Production, Agriculture and Commons: The Case of Generation Challenge Programme

On Monday the 18th Soutrik Basu of the Rural Sociology Group will defend his PhD dissertation entitled “Knowledge Production, Agriculture and Commons: the Case of Generation Challenge Programme” in the Aula of Wageningen University. The defence will start at 13.30hrs on monday the 18th of April.


Knowledge Production, Agriculture and Commons: The Case of Generation Challenge Programme

The discourse on knowledge production is in constant transformation: on the one hand, there is the emergence of instrumental knowledge production based on scientific utility and socio-economic relevance and marked by property regimes, while on the other hand, there is another form of knowledge production based on cooperation, communication and the sharing of knowledge often entitled the open-source production or commons-based peer production (CBPP) mode. Both these trends are reflected partially or in full measure within the agrarian knowledge production programme called Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). GCP is an international knowledge production platform that aims to use plant genetic diversity to develop technologies to support plant breeders in developing countries. This research aims at understanding the dynamics of the knowledge production in the GCP drought-tolerant rice research network in Indian context to reflect on the ways in which its knowledge production evolves and the implications of this for agrarian knowledge production and agrarian knowledge producing institutions. Continue reading

BSc Thesis opportunity: The Human Factor in Place-shaping

We are looking for motivated BSc students that are interested in writing a thesis with the Rural Sociology Group on the topic of place-shaping. The student will engage in a literature-based study, starting literature will be provided by the supervisor. The report will preferably be written in English.

  1. The (re-)appreciation of places; paying attention to socio-cultural practices; people’s sense of place; regional identities, narratives and story-lines, and branding of places[1];
  2. Individual values and collective culture as the ‘inner’ dimension of sustainability; addressing questions such as: why would people get engaged in sustainability initiatives and self-organization; how and why do people value places but also oppose to the spatial planning of new projects, such as wind-energy parks; how are citizens initiatives and place-shaping influenced by awareness, culture, identities and values; Which ‘policy scripts’ can be identified addressing the role of culture in places?
  3. Collective agency, emerging grassroots initiatives, alliances and coalitions; addressing the questions: how can spatial development enable the ‘energetic society’? How do people on the local and regional administrative level reflect on and negotiate the conditions of their engagement in place-shaping, how do they express agency and create a countervailing power in rural and urban development; how can effective (public-private) alliances and coalitions be build?
  4. Leadership of place; which acknowledges the role of shared, collaborative (knowledge) leadership in building collective agency, in attuning the institutional setting to the specificities of place, thus enabling a place-based approach.
  5. Methodology; Qualitative case-study research; Participatory approaches; Action-research; Value-oriented approach, Appreciative Inquiry.

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BSc Thesis vacatures: o.a. Gezondheidszorg & Krimp en Vluchtelingenopvang

BSc Thesis vacatures: o.a. Gezondheidszorg & Krimp en Vluchtelingen opvangMocht je geïnteresseerd zijn in één van de volgende onderwerpen, dan zouden we je graag begeleiden tijdens het schrijven van je BSc Thesis. Momenteel zoeken we studenten voor de volgende onderwerpen:

Bachelor Gezondheid en Maatschappij:

  1. Verkenning van onderzoek naar initiatieven om (eerstelijns) gezondheidszorg op een nieuwe manier veilig te stellen in plattelandsgebieden, die te maken hebben bevolkingsdaling. Daarbij gaat het mij met name om ervaringen elders in Europa. Het achterliggende probleem is dat het steeds moeilijk wordt om huisartsen te vinden die zich willen vestigen in plattelandsgebieden. Ik ben betrokken bij een groep huisartsen in Nederland die nieuwe mogelijkheden willen verkennen om huisartsenzorg zo te organiseren die tegemoet komt aan de zorgvraag vanuit de bewoners maar het bieden van zorg ook aantrekkelijker maakt voor de nieuwe generatie huisartsen.
27-02-2008. Ganzedijk. Nederland. Het Oost-Groningse dorp Ganzedijk moet tegen de vlakte ivm. de leegloop. De grond wordt teruggegeven aan de natuur. Foto : Karel Zwaneveld

Foto : Karel Zwaneveld

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BSc Thesis Opportunity: Social Value of Neighbourhood Apps

In recent years several ‘apps’ have been developed in order to help people exchange both tangible items such as materials or food, and intangible issues such as knowledge and information. Examples are ‘nextdoor’, created to exchange news and other information between neighbours, ‘peerby’, designed to help people lend each other tools and utensils, and ‘thuisafgehaald’, a website facilitating people to cook for others in their neighbourhood. Besides offering practical solutions to ‘use the power, the knowledge and the stock of the masses’, such applications are also often viewed in terms of social cohesion and strengthening neighbourhoods.
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Podcast – civil society participation global governance of food security

As part of the perfect storm seminar series at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Jessica Duncan gave a seminar about civil society participation in the global governance of food security on the 26th of January. ‘The Perfect Storm Scholars‘ interviewed her afterwards and posted a podcast that resulted of this interview on their blog.

The Perfect Storm scholars

As part of the perfect storm seminar series (see poster), Dr Jessica Duncan, Assistant Professor in Rural Sociology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, gave a seminar about civil society participation in the global governance of food security on the 26th of January at the University of Edinburgh.

She kindly made the time to talk to me about her seminar and research when she was in Edinburgh. You can find the result of this conversation in a podcast. Click HERE to listen to it.


Podcast structure

We talk about her seminar and research until around 24:40 min. From that point onwards we discuss the practical dynamics of undertaking empirical research in general, and specifically on global governance. At 30:00 min Dr. Duncan shares her views on interdisciplinary research.


Podcast notes:

You can find out more about Jessica’s research in her latest book: Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee…

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Seminar Per Olsson on Resilience and Socio-Ecological Transformations on 24 Feb

The WASS PhD Masterclass on methods is full! You can no longer subscribe for it. Of course you are welcome to attend the public lecture.

We have invited dr. Per Olsson from the Stockholm Resilience Centre to visit Wageningen and give a public lecture on the 24th of February. He will give a public lecture on his primary field of research which is focussed on linked socio-ecological system dynamics and resilience. In this lecture he will be putting sustainability transitions central, while discussants from the groups RSO, KTI and PAP will reflect on the lecture taking their own research in mind.

Poster Seminar closed

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Door middel van deze prijsvraag is Proeftuin040 op zoek naar innovatieve ontwerpen die mens en bij dichter bij elkaar kunnen brengen en die bijdragen aan de biodiversiteit van de stad. Het doel is om een object te ontwerpen dat tegelijkertijd dienst doet als insectenhotel, zitmeubel en informatievoorziening. Ben jij die out-of-the-box ontwerper die al deze zaken op een goede manier kan integreren in een mooi en verantwoord ontwerp? Kijk voor meer informatie op beeware.proeftuin040.nl. Je kunt je tot 31 december aanmelden op de site en we zien jouw ontwerp graag vóór 7 februari 2016 tegemoet!
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