Barbara Van Dyck


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    Research Interests

    My work in political agroecology sits at the intersection of political ecology, agroecology and science and technology studies. 

    Vision Statement

    In an academic landscape where agri-food research centres increasingly function as catalysts for corporate investment, I try to take seriously de Sousa Santos in his conviction that “there is no social justice without cógnitive justice.” How then can research contribute to reclaiming knowledge -that has been passed and constructed from generation to generation, often by word of mouth, stories and rituals – and that is often devalorized or appropriated to sustain the productive system of the knowledge economy?


    Before joining CAWR in April 2020, I was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at the Science & Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. In that framework I was leading the Healing from Enclosureaction research project. The project developed a political agroecology approach to agrifood research and innovation in Belgium. 

    Prior to this fellowship, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher and facilitator of participatory action research in the Agroecology Labat the Free University Brussels. In earlier research at the University of Antwerp and Leuven, I focused on social innovation and territorial development. I have a background in Land- and Forest Engineering and in Regional Studies.  

    I thrive best in transdisciplinary environments. I am an active organizer in a number of food sovereignty & agroecology initiatives.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    External positions

    Coordination team, Agroecology-in-Action

    2016 → …


    • S Agriculture (General)
    • Political Agroecology
    • Science and Technology Studies


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