- Doctoral student
- Thursday 21 Nov 2019, 16:00 - 18:00
- PhD defence
- Spoken Language
- Aula B
- International Institute of Social Studies
On 21 November 2019, Anne Siebert will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: Understanding interlinkages and exploring implications in the South African context'
In her thesis, Anne investigate urban food producers’ lived realities and efforts toward food sovereignty in marginalized urban settings. She asks the central questions of why and how urban agriculture initiatives emerge, and whether or not they engage with food sovereignty in the contemporary context of highly exclusionary dynamics in cities and the agri-food system.
The study focuses on South Africa, where, 2018, about 65% of the population were living in cities, and more than 27% were unemployed.
The aim of this study is to explore how urban food producers become active in exposing and fighting inequality. Understanding the mobilization and politicization of urban agriculture initiatives helps to shed light on the multi-dimensional impacts of the commercialized agri-food system on the ground. The study zooms in on the case of an urban agriculture initiative involving diverse urban food producers including backyard gardeners and smallholders rooted in the deprived working class in George, Western Cape, South Africa.
The study ultimately argues that urban agriculture initiatives have the potential to expose inequalities and propose alternatives, both of which are related to food sovereignty.
Doctoral dissertation supervisors
Professor Pierre Thielbörger, Ruhr University Bochum (Professor Thielbörger will not be present at the ceremony)
Professor Jun Borras, ISS-EUR
Members of the Full Doctoral Committee
Professor Ruth Hall, University of the Western Cape (Professor Hall will not be present at the ceremony. Professor Ben Cousins from University of the Western Cape will replace her)
Dr Chiara Tornaghi, University of Coventry
Dr Yves van Leynseele, University of Amsterdam
Dr Oane Visser, ISS-EUR
Dr Julien-François Gerber, ISS-EUR
- Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: understanding interlinkages and exploring implications in the South African context - Abstract - English92.96 KB
- Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: understanding interlinkages and exploring implications in the South African context - Abstract - Dutch98.59 KB