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Ricardo Paris

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PhD Student

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.23 / 2.24 / 2.27 / 2.32
44789 Bochum

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Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

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Current Project

Assessing the influence of urban planning and territorial strategies on regional food systems

Food systems are more connected and integrated to the global flow of resources than ever before, nevertheless, the increase in the availability of food did not keep up with the capacity of access and the quality of food being consumed. Simultaneously, especially in developing countries, after decades of steadily decline, levels of hunger and malnutrition are again on the rise, together with obesity rates and food-related diseases. Urban spaces are key to determine the sustainability and resilience of the food systems they are in and the quality of the food environment that the population faces. Therefore, the research aims to assess the territorial role on food security, mapping food systems of the global south to support resilience strategies.

Supervisor: Jun. Prof. Dr. Andreas Rienow

Research Interests

  • Urban and regional planning
  • Rural-urban linkages
  • Food security
  • Food systems
  • Humanitarian responses


Most recently working experiences are at UN-WFP in monitoring food aid relief projects and at UNEP in sustainable cities and integrated planning.

MSc. Development Planning and Management - joint degree TU-Dortmund (Germany) and Knust-Kumasi (Ghana) - DAAD-scholarship holder for the program Spatial Planning in Regions in Developing Economies – SPRING - 2015-2017

Specialization in Urban Planning and Public Policies – IPPUR/UFRJ, Brazil - 2012-2013 BSc. Architect and Urban Planner - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 2005-2011

Recent Publications

Paris, Ricardo (2022) Are leading urban centers predisposed to global risks - A analysis of the global south from COVID-19 perspective, together with Himanshu Shekhar, Malvika Rautela, Mehmooda Maqsood, Rafael Maximiliano Flores de León, María Fernanda Romero-Aguirre, Marygrace Balinos, Mariana Estrada Velázquez, Gita Salehi Amri, Tamanna Rahman, Augustine Yaw Asuah, Jilan Hosni, Md Shahinoor Rahman. Habitat International, Volume 121, March 2022, 102517 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2022.102517)

Paris, Ricardo (2018) Transnational land transactions and their effects on the autonomy of local food systems: a multiple case study in rural Ghana. III International Conference Agriculture and Food in an urbanizing Society, Brazil

Paris, Ricardo, et al. (2017) Strategic Plan and Community Based Plan as tools for development. The struggle of Vila Autodromo Community, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In: TRIALOG journal 126/127, Vol. 3-4, Germany. And presented at the conference: Neighbourhood Development in the Global South. University of Kassel, 2016.

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Latest Publications

Sadik-Zada, E.R. Gatto, A. (2023). Frontiers and Best Practices in Bio, Circular, and Green Growth and Eco-Innovation.
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Sadik-Zada, E.R., Gatto, A., Weißnicht, Y. (2024). Back to the Future: Revisiting the Perspectives on nuclear fusion and juxtaposition to existing energy sources. Energy, Volume 290, 129150. 
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Britta Niklas, The effect of South African wine certifications on price premiums and marginal costs: A two-stage hedonic approach, Economic Modelling Volume 132, March 2024
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