Learning and knowledge transfer processes of non-competitive collaborative groups and their role in shaping food sustainability policy.
- 2014 – present: PhD Researcher, Centre for Food Policy (City, University of London)
- 2012 – 2014: MA (Distinction) Human Geography and Global Studies (Eberhard Karls University Tubingen / Germany)
- 2009 – 2012: BSc Geography (University of Augsburg / Germany)
The growth of the information age has provided many societies with knowledge, which has led to a higher demand for evidence-based policy. Thus, today’s policy and decision makers need to justify their policies through knowledge that is scientifically proved or socially accepted.
Important sources for such knowledge are collaborative groups that are specialised in a certain policy arena, which can consist of independent stakeholders from civil society and industry.
Food-related collaborative groups in particular are gaining importance within governance and policy structures, due to the high complexity of the food value chain. The way food is produced, processed, distributed and consumed has dramatically changed after the Second World War and governments need to develop and extend their way of governing. A central element is the modern approach of governments to include networks from civil society and industry in their governing and decision making processes, in order to face and understand political issues around the complexity of the agro industrial food system. The aim of my research is to understand this relationship between state and civil society or industry led groups, by analysing collaborative policy groups with regard to their knowledge transfer and learning processes and their ability to shape food policy.
- Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (Scholarship by the German government and industry).
Food security, sustainable food systems, food labelling, knowledge systems in the food system, food industry, collaborative multi-stakeholder platforms.
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