Thesis opportunities | Foodscapes in times of uncertainty

The CSPS Foodscapes cluster is looking for BSc and MSc students interested in researching emerging foodscapes in times of uncertainty.  

Covid-19 has displayed many of the vulnerabilities and externalities of our current corporate food regime, such as unequal access to food, the dependence of our food supply on global supply chains, the exploitation of (migrant) workers in agricultural and food sectors and the fragility of the ‘just-in-time’ supply logistics. While the current crisis displays these vulnerabilities, also food practices and initiatives are arising that might provide seeds for ‘other futures’.

What foodscapes are emerging during Covid-19? What seeds do those emergent foodscapes provide for more sustainable, equitable, inclusive and fair foodscapes? And how can we potentially build on those seeds to make ‘other futures’ more real? 

If you are interested in researching these, or related, questions, please contact Anke de Vrieze (RSO), anke.devrieze@wur.nl or Mustafa Hasanov (BMO), mustafa.hasanov@wur.nl.

We welcome multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives and see opportunities for both offline research (e.g. in the Netherlands) and online research.

For more thoughts on the effects of the current pandemic on Foodscapes, see also this series of rapid responses published by Agriculture and Human Values.