BSc Theses

Here is a list of BSc students I have supervised and details about their theses.

MairaMaira Frondt

Thesis title: “Solutions for Food Security: A review of the literature”

Programme: Bachelors of International Development
Status: Ongoing
Abstract: Currently, we are living in a world where food insecurity is a major global problem. In 2014 about one in every nine people had insufficient food for an active and healthy life. Therefore, there is a strong demand for solutions and the literature offers a significant number of solutions. This thesis will identify and review solutions for food security as forwarded by international organizations concerned with food security, specifically the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Bank, Oxfam and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Thereby, the focus lies on evidence-based policy recommendations, since academics and governments demand evidence-based solutions. Reports by the organizations will be analyzed by identifying the evidence and causes of food insecurity they define and by identifying the solutions they offer based on the specific problem. This research will show if there is coherence within the literature and what solutions are offered by the literature if specific causes for food insecurity are identified.

Keywords: food security, evidence based policy, policy recommendations

IMG_2960.JPGAlberto Serra

Thesis title: “Framing Alternatives in Food Production and Consumption”
Programme: Bachelors of International Development
Status: Completed April 2015

Read his paper European farmers and the “Greening” of the CAP: A Critical Discourse Analysis presented at the International Colloquium Global governance/politics, climate justice & agrarian/social justice: linkages and challenges (February 2016)

Abstract:  Agricultural producers are facing unprecedented challenges. Across the European Union, the number of farmers has been declining in the face of a growing number of threats, including price volatility, high market competition, difficulties related to intergenerational farm succession, and increasing climatic variability. Many actors, including the European Commission, are developing policies that seek to address the increasingly complex agricultural situation. Notably, the revised Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) (2015) aims to enhance competiveness while also improving sustainability and effectiveness of the European agricultural sector. Of interest in this paper is how the CAP regulation around the direct payment scheme on ‘agricultural practices beneficial for the environment and the climate’ intends to advance the goal of “greening” European farms. In order to understand the potential of the CAP to address current challenges facing European farmers, and family farmers in particular, this paper presents a Critical Discourse Analysis. We assesses the intersections across different layers of meanings to advance understanding of the payment scheme and to map out potential implications for the farming practices of small-scale family farmers. The paper concludes by arguing that the payment scheme is likely to only minimally contribute to the advancement of its objectives, if at all.

Keywords: farmers, agricultural practices, Common Agricultural Policy, Critical Discourse Analysis.


Mathilde Compagner

Thesis title: “Democractic Food Citizenship with Civic Food Networks: An analysis from a shifting food paradigm perspective”
Programme: Bachelors of International Development
Status: Completed June 2015

Margot Kuijpers

Thesis title: “9 Billion by 2050: perspectives of alternative food networks”
Programme: Bachelors of International Development
Status: Completed June 2015