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Anne Siebert, PhD

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Coordinator MADM

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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

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

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Education

  • PhD in International Development Studies (joint degree: IEE, Ruhr-University Bochum, and International Institute of Social Studies, ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands), comprising a research and teaching mobility at the Institute for Development Studies and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
    Thesis Title: “Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: Understanding Interlinkages and Exploring Implications in the South African Context”, Promoters: Prof. Saturnino ‘Jun’ Borras (ISS, EUR) and Prof. Pierre Thielbörger (RUB).
  • Diplom Sozialwissenschaftlerin (equivalent MA Social Science), Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany, comprising a research period at the School of Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala (2010-2011)
    Thesis Title: “The Global Governance of Water: The Water Policy and the Urban Water Supply Situation in Uganda”, Supervisor: Prof. Regina Kreide.

Research Interests

  • Global Water and Food Politics: Local Implementation and Impacts
  • Food Security, Food Sovereignty, Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
  • Social Movements and “Responses from Below”, esp. Food and Agrarian Movements
  • Post Development Approaches, Critical Urban Theory, and Critical Agrarian Studies
  • Scholar Activism

Fieldwork Experience and Research Grants

  • Ghana (2017): Short term research stay in cooperation with the Urban Food Plus Project, data collection on urban agri-food systems and food sovereignty interventions (Research School Plus grant)
  • South Africa (2015-2016): one-year research and teaching mobility at the Institute for Development Studies and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, University of the Western Cape (Erasmus Mundus scholarship, EUSA_ID Programme, European Commission)
  • Indonesia (2012): Short term consultancy in the Project Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change (PAKLIM), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Engagement Global grant)
  • Uganda (2010-2011): Short term research stay within the Academic Partnership for Environment and Development Innovations in Africa (APEDIA), School of Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala (research grant of the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD)

Additional Research Grants:

  • 2017 – 2020: Several grants of the RUB Research School Plus (e.g. Project International, PhD Exchange Stays, Conference Funding).
  • 2019: Robert Bosch Foundation, Research Initiation Grant for a project on localisation of food systems (Funding Line: „SPIELRAUM – Urbane Transformationen gestalten“).

Publications and Review Activities

  • Siebert, A., May, J. (2021): Food and nutrition security policies in Africa. In: Onyango, G. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa. Routledge, pp. 477-487.
  • Siebert, A. (2020): Transforming urban food systems in South Africa: unfolding food sovereignty in the city. In: The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 47, No. 20, 401-419.
  • 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.

Review Activities:

  • RUB Research School Plus
  • Space and Culture (SAGE Journals)
  • Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (Cambridge University Press)
  • The Journal of Peasant Studies (Taylor & Francis)
  • Globalizations (Taylor & Francis)
  • Local Environment – the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability (Taylor & Francis)

Teaching

  • Summer Term 2021, 10-13 August 2021: Introduction to Qualitative Research – Interactive Online Workshop, with Raffael Beier, for lecturers and PhD students at the Department of Agricultural Extension, Kerala Agricultural University, Thiruvananthapuram, India.
  • Winter Term 2020: Social Science Perspectives on Development. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • Winter Term 2020: Research Logic. Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • Winter Term 2020: Qualitative Research Methods, with Ruth Knoblich, Master Programme in Development Management, Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • Summer Term 2018: Social Science Perspectives on Development. Master Programme in Development Management, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, with Stefan Buchholz
  • 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.
  • 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

  • ‘Continuing on the road to ending hunger in Africa: Exclusionary food systems and transformative attempts’, with Julian May, DAAD Centres of African Excellence (Online Research Fair), Session ‘Agricultural Transformation and Food and Nutrition Security’, 28-30 September 2021.
  • ‘Popular Food Governance: (Mis)using Concepts of Food Justice, Food Sovereignty and Agroecology’, Agri4D 2021 Conference: Food systems for new realities (online), session ‘Rethinking food governance’, 28-30 September 2021.
  • ‘Manipulation for Participation? Discussing the Tensions of Participatory Development Research’, session ‘Ethical and Practical Challenges of Participatory Development Research’, EADI ISS Conference 2021: Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice, 5-8 July 2021.
  • ‘Food sovereignty for whom?’, Online expert meeting on food sovereignty, farmer-led irrigation development and urban agriculture, Utrecht University, Project UGlobe, 12 May 2020.
  • ‘Food sovereignty – a globalised vision without urban forces? A case from South Africa’, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2019: Umbrüche und Aufbrüche – Geographie(n) der Zukunft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 25-30 September 2019.
  • ‘Spaces of hope in the city and the reality beyond the fence’, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK, 27-30 August 2019.
  • ‘De-agrarianisation and urban food producer movements: A case from South Africa’, Envisioning the Economy of the Future and the Future of Political Economy (AFEP-IIPPE 2019), University of Lille, France, 3-5 July 2019.
  • ‘Unfolding Food Sovereignty in the City: A Case of Urban Food Producers in South Africa’, 7th PhD Conference on International Development, Ruhr-University Bochum, 8-9 November 2018.
  • 'Unequal Food Systems and Responses from Below: Experiences of Urban Food Producers in South Africa', PhD Workshop: Urban Food Systems and Governance in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 9-13 July 2018.
  • 'Herausforderungen des globalisierten Ernährungssystems', Diskussionsveranstaltung zur Förderung nachhaltiger regionaler Ernährungssysteme in Bochum und Umgebung: Ein ernährungspolitisches Bochum?, Bochumer Initiativen-Netzwerk Botopia, Bochum, 6 June 2018.
  • ‘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 in 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 Food 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.

Other Relevant Engagement and Memberships

  • Since 06/2021: Member of the United Nations’ OSAA (Office of the Special Adviser on Africa) Knowledge Network on Social Protection, cluster 3 “Democracy, Resilience and Human Capital”.
  • Since 04/2021: Network Speaker of the German Association of Postgraduate Programmes with special Relevance to Developing Countries (AGEP).
  • Since 07/2018: Representative of IEE’s research cluster 1 “Regional Integration, Globalisation, Governance”.
  • Since 06/2018: Co-founder and member of Bochum’s Food Policy Council comprising the initiative for an edible city in Bochum and surroundings.

Mentoring (Master of Development Management)

  • Edward Conteh (2022): Assessing the Governance Mechanisms and Management operations of Village Savings and Loans Associations in Safroko Limba Chiefdom Bombali District Northern Sierra Leone
  • Theophilus Saah Kiah I (2022): "Assessing the Level of Citizen Participation in Local Development: A Case of Kollie-Dede Town School Project, Funded with the County Social Development Fund, Gibi District, Margibi County, Liberia"
  • Marcellina Schmidt (2022): Promoting the right to education for pregnant girls and mothers through development practice in Tanzania: A Civil Society Organization´s human rights-based approach to development
  • Ronald Ssegujja Ssekandi (2022): Community Participation in the Extractive Industries: A Case Study of the CNOOC Kingfisher Oil Project in Buhuka Parish, Uganda
  • Shuvo Saha (2020): An Assessment of Food Assistance – A Case Study of the Bulakhali Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals Camp in Bangladesh.
  • Melisa Dlamini (2019): Assessing the role of Breastfeeding Campaigns in addressing the low rates of breastfeeding in the marginalized areas of South Africa: a case study of the Grow Great- Flourish Program in Soweto, Johannesburg.
  • Stefano Picciau (2018): Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in Malawi: The Case of a Permaculture Project for Smallholder Farmers in Chibweza
  • 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

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

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

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