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I decided to become a scholar because I wanted to develop the analytical skills to better understand the challenges facing social movements and human rights activists working towards more equitable and sustainable food systems. As a PhD researcher, I analyzed the contribution of peasant movements to the emergence of an alternative conception of human rights. I looked at the creation and institutionalization of new human rights by the transnational agrarian movement La Via Campesina, with a focus on the right of peoples to food sovereignty, and the rights of peasants (to land, seeds, water, biodiversity, remunerative prices and participation in decision-making).
My approach is multidisciplinary, empirical and inductive. In my research, I mobilize concepts from the socio-anthropology of rights, the sociology of social movements, rural sociology, international human rights law and development studies. My areas of thematic expertise are: human rights, food sovereignty, the right to food, land rights, peasant and social movements, agricultural trade and global governance, agricultural policy and food security.
I received my PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Louvain (UCL) in 2013. While doing research on legal mobilizations within the transnational agrarian movement La Via Campesina, I worked as a Special Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, from 2008 to 2014. I also worked closely with Geoffrey Pleyers and was very involved in his research group on social movements in the global age (SMAG).
After completing my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales in Paris (2014-2015) and at the French Institute of Pondicherry in India (2015-2016). In Paris, I explored the role of agriculture in the ecological transition and learned a lot from working with Prof. Dominique Méda. I also studied the involvement of peasant and indigenous movements in global climate discussions with Deborah Delgago Pugley. In Pondicherry, I conducted research on the emerging human right to land, and initiated a new research project on domestic workers with Audrey Richard Ferroudji.
Prior to becoming an academic, I worked for a number of human rights organizations and development NGOs, including FIAN in Belgium, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in France, and the Maquila Solidarity Network, Rights & Democracy, and Oxfam in Canada.
I hold a MA in business administration from the Louvain School of Management (UCL) and a MA in environmental management from the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
Food Sovereignty and the Recognition of New Rights for Peasants at the UN: A Critical Overview of La Via Campesina’s Rights Claims over the Last 20 YearsClaeys, P. 2017 The Politics of Food Sovereignty: Concept, Practice and Social Movements. Shattuck, A., Schiavoni, C. & VanGelder, Z. (eds.). Routledge, (Rethinking Globalizations)
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Recognition of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).
Kroff Florence & Priscilla Claeys
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