Barbara Van Dyck


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  • 13 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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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.

External positions

Coordination team, Agroecology-in-Action

2016 → …


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

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Research Output

  • 13 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Chapter

Control, care, and conviviality in the politics of technology for sustainability

Arora, S., Van Dyck, B., Sharma, D. & Stirling, A., 2020, In : Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy. 16, 1, p. 247-262 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Scholar-activists in an expanding European food sovereignty movement

    Duncan, J., Claeys, P., Guadalupe Rivera Ferre, M., Oteros-Rozas, E., Van Dyck, B., Plank, C. & Desmarais, A. A., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Peasant Studies. (In-Press), 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    Institutionalization of participatory food system research: encouraging reflexivity and collective relational learning.

    Van Dyck, B., Audrey, V., Massart, E., Maughan, N. & Visser, M., 2018, In : Agroecologia. 13, 1, p. 21-32 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The making of a strategizing platform: from politicizing the food movement in urban contexts to political urban agroecology

    Van Dyck, B., Tornaghi, C., Halder, S., von der Haide, E. & Saunders, E., 11 Jul 2018, Urban Gardening as Politics. Tornaghi, C. & Certomà, C. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Why we need urban agroecology

    Van Dyck, B., Maughan, N., Audrey, V. & Visser, M., Nov 2017, Urban Agriculture Magazine, 33, p. 5-6 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access