PhD defence by Ms Zoe Brent

The challenge of generational renewal in post-industrial farming contexts: Regimes of agrarian social reproduction in the Basque Country
Wednesday 5 Oct 2022, 18:00 - 19:30
PhD defence
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On the 05 of October 2022, Zoe Brent will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'The challenge of generational renewal in post-industrial farming contexts: Regimes of agrarian social reproduction in the Basque Country.

In much of the global North, the continued decline in agrarian jobs and depopulation of rural areas is increasingly discussed by policymakers, and the media as a crisis of generational renewal, which affects the majority of the European region (especially the west) and also the future of the food system.

She suggests that this crisis of generational renewal is actually a symptom of broader ecological and political crises, as well as a crisis of social reproduction. Emerging efforts to overcome barriers to generational renewal are framed as one among many collective mobilizations responding to ecological, political and social crises more broadly. We are living in a global moment when the need for systemic transformation in order to ensure the survival of the planet and the majority of the people living on it in increasingly evident.

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Doctoral Board


Professor Arjun Bedi

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Murat Arsel- International Institute of Social Studies

Co- supervisors

Dr Mamen Cuellar Padilla- Universidad de Córdoba

Dr Mindi Schneider- Brown University


Full Doctoral Committee

Dr Sue Ferguson, Wilfrid Laurier University

Professor Sharryn M. Kasmir, Hofstra University

Professor Annette Desmarais, University of Manitoba

Dr Elisa Oteros-Rozas, Cordoba University

Dr Stefania Barca, University of Santiago de Compostela

Professor Wendy Harcourt, International Institute of Social Studies

Dr Helena Perez, International Institute of Social Studies

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 18.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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