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Dipl. Soz.-Wiss. Anne Siebert

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Research Fellow + PhD Student

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.06
44789 Bochum
Germany

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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-19024

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Research Interests

  • Global Water and Food Policies, Impacts and Reactions "From Below"
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Sustainable Urban Transformation including Urban Agriculture
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects

PhD Project


Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: Understanding Interlinkages and Exploring Implications in the South African and Ghanaian Context

South African and Ghanaian cities present highly unequal places and exclusionary dynamics seem to be essential parts of the machinery that makes them tick. While both countries are normally considered as food secure on a national level, the reality in cities presents a different picture. Against this background, urban agriculture initiatives are considered as vivid building blocks for food sovereignty. While the discourse on food sovereignty is rather incipient in South Africa and Ghana, the struggles on the ground for affordable and healthy food, access to land and water for cultivation in cities need to be dismantled and integrated into the bigger picture.

This research project applies a relational lens on the motivations and functions of urban agriculture in an agri-food system strongly shaped by dominant interests of corporate power, socio-economic and historical particularities. Guided by the theoretical approach of the ‘right to the city’, the concepts of ‘food sovereignty’ and ‘agrarian citizenship’, this study puts an emphasis on the active role of the people in transforming the urban food system. In this respect, it is essential to expand the study of food sovereignty beyond its rural roots and investigate places where food sovereignty is less expected. Empirical research focuses on an urban agriculture initiatives in both countries. The purpose of this study is to understand the construction of food sovereignty grounded in everyday life and active citizenship of urban food producers.

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Santurnino (‘Jun’) M. Borras Jr. (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger (Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)


Vita


2016 - present:  Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
and
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands:
Joint PhD Student
2013 - present:            Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Research Fellow and PhD Student
2015 - 2016:   Institute for Development Studies (ISD), University of the Western Cape, South Africa
EUSA_ID Fellow, one-year research stay and teaching mobility
2012:   Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Semarang, Indonesia
Junior Consultant, Project Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change (PAKLIM)
2005 - 2012:   Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
Master in Social Sciences (Dipl. Soz.-Wiss.), with a focus on developing regions
2010 - 2011:   Makerere University Kampala, Uganda
Research stay within the Academic Partnership for Environment and Development Innovations in Africa (APEDIA)

Publications and Review Activity

  • Engler, S.; Siebert; A. (2016): Die Mehrdeutigkeit der globalen Ernährungskrise. Weg zu einer neuen Nachhaltigkeit am Beispiel der Stadt George, Südafrika. In: Potysch, N.; Bauer; M. (eds.), Deutungsspielräume. Mehrdeutigkeit als kulturelles Phänomen. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Siebert, A.; May, J. (2016): Urbane Landwirtschaft und das Recht auf Stadt. Theoretische Reflektion und ein Praxisbeispiel aus George, Südafrika. In: Engler, S. et al. (eds.) Regional, innovativ und gesund. Nachhaltige Ernährung als Teil der großen Transformation. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, pp. 153-168.
  • Metzger, J.; Ollendorf, F.; Siebert, A. (2015): Smallholder Farming under Threat? In: Digital Development Debates, Issue 16 Food & Farming.
  • Buchholz, S.; Siebert, A. (2014): Deutsch-südafrikanische Hochschulkooperation. (Engl. German – South African Cooperation in Higher Education) In: Afrika Süd. Zeitschrift zum südlichen Afrika, 6/2014, 36-37.
  • Engler, S.; Köster, J.; Siebert, A. (2014): Farmers Food Insecurity Monitoring. Identifying situations of food insecurity and famine. In: IFHV Working Paper, Vol. 4, No. 3, Bochum.
  • Siebert, A. (2014): Die Global Governance des Wassers - Eine Untersuchung der Wasserpolitik und städtischen Versorgungslage in Uganda. In: Working Papers on Development and Global Governance - No. 5), UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies, Duisburg/Bochum.

Referee/Reviewer:
Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (Cambridge University Press)

Teaching

  • Summer Term 2017: Qualitative Research Methods. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, with Raffael Beier, and Julien Lebourg.
  • Winter Term 2016/2017: Qualitative Research Methods. Master Programme in Development Management, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, with Julien Lebourg.
  • Winter Term 2016/2017: Social Science Perspectives on Development. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, with Stefan Buchholz
  • Summer Term 2016: Social Science Perspectives on Development. Master Programme in Development Management, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, with Buchholz, S.
  • Summer Term 2015: Research Logic. Master Programme in Management and Economics for Afghan Lecturers, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
  • Winter Term 2014/2015 (Summer School): How to Conduct a Field Survey. Master Programme in Development Management, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, with Buchholz, S., Hansen, M., and Thürer, T.
  • Winter Term 2014/2015: Public Sector Management. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, with Knoblich, R.
  • Winter Term 2014/2015: Social Science Perspectives on Development. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, with Buchholz, S.
  • Winter Term 2014/2015 (Summer School): Statistical Methods of Empirical Social Research. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, with Voß, W., Sadikhzahdeh, E., and Thürer, T.
  • Summer Term 2014: Social Science Perspectives on Development. Master Programme in Development Management, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, with Buchholz, S.
  • Winter Term 2013/2014: Research Methodology. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, with Buchholz, S. and Knoblich, R.

Presentations and Seminars

  • ‘Engaging with Food Sovereignty to Fight Exclusion in the Food System?
    Reflections of an Urban Agriculture Initiative in South Africa’, 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, Cape Town, South Africa, 5 December 2017.
  • ‘Chancen und Herausforderungen des entwicklungspolitischen Engagements’, Interkulturelles Dialogforum zu entwicklungspolitischem Engagement und SDGs, Deutsch Afrika Ruhr Forum (DARF) e.V., Bochum, 24 September 2017.
  • ‘Deutsche Entwicklungspolitik der Praxis: Die Bedeutung der europäischen Außen- und Entwicklungspolitik für die deutsche Entwicklungszusammenarbeit’ (seminar), with Prof. Dr. Uwe Andersen und Dr. Meik Nowak, Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V., Bonn, 25-28 June 2017.
  • 'Transforming Urban Food Systems: The Role of Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture Initiatives. Perspectives from South Africa' , exploratory workshop 'Envisioning the Future of Food Across North-South Divides: Transregional Foo Networks and Movements' , Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, 2 December 2016
  • 'Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty: The Role of Local Food Movements in Urban Food Policies. A Case Study of George, South Africa' , Food Studies Conference 2016, University of Berkeley California, 13 October 2016
  • 'Promoting sustainable livelihoods and healthy nutrition: The role of community-driven gardening initiatives in urban food systems. A case study of George, South Africa' , World Nutrition Congress 2016, University of the Western Cape, 31 August 2016
  • 'Food Sovereignty in South Africa: the Right to the City in Urban Agriculture', Conference on Global Sustainability and Local Foods, The American University of Rome and the American Academy in Rome, Italy, 2 October 2015.
  • 'Food Sovereignty in South Africa: Policy Implications and the Right to the City in Urban Agriculture', Tropentag 2015: Management of land use systems for enhanced food security - conflicts, controversies and resolutions, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, 17 September 2015.
  • 'Food Sovereignty in Ghana and South Africa: Policy Implications and Impacts in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture', Global Day, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 12 June 2015.
  • 'From Zuma's South Africa to Museveni's Uganda', Africa Today, Deutsch Afrika Ruhr Forum (DARF) e.V., Bochum, 11 May 2014.
  • 'Adaptive capacity of low-income communities in inundation affected areas in Indonesia', The Post Disaster Space: Recovery, Recuperation and Adaptation. Research Experiences from the Global North and South, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities” (KWI), Essen, 3 December 2013.
  • 'Evaluating the Concept of Food Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa', UAMR Development Day – Development challenges in a changing context of global cooperation, University Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany, 4 November 2013.

Mentoring (Master of Development Management)

  • Hannah Posern (2016): Food Sovereignty in Urban Areas. Promoting Marginalized Communities through Urban Gardening. A Case Study of George, South Africa.
  • Kennedy Omollo Osano (2014): Public Participation in Solid Waste Management in Informal Settlements: A Case of Kisumu City in Kenya.

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

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IEE on Tour

April 30 - May 27:
Dr. Tobias Thürer
at UWC in Cape Town/South Africa, lecturing and supervising for the MADM Programme

May 11 - 27:
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein
at UWC in Cape Town/South Africa, lecturing and supervising for the MADM Programme

May 30 - June 11:
Nicole Dittrich
at UWC in Cape Town/South Africa, lecturing and supervising for the MADM Programme

IEE on Field Research

Raffael Beier has a research stay at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague/The Netherlands from mid-March to mid-May 2018.

Anne Siebert has a research stay at the International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague/Netherlands, from May to June 2018.