Stefanie Lemke

Dr, PD (private docent)

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  • 80 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

Personal profile



PD Dr. Stefanie Lemke previously worked at the Department Gender and Nutrition, Institute for Social Sciences in Agriculture, University of Hohenheim (Acting Chair 2013-2015), the Centre for Development and Environmental Research, Justus-Liebig University Giessen (2003-2008), and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research, North West University, South Africa (1997-2000, 2004-2007). Stefanie further worked for various German civil service organisations, among others on livelihood strategies of smallholder farmers; healthy nutrition and lifestyle of individuals and communities; nutrition and consumer protection in the new German States after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Stefanie engages with academic and civil society partners in South, West and East Africa, South America, the United States, and Europe. She is a member of the Task Force on Traditional, Indigenous and Cultural Foods, International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS); the Gender Nutrition Rights research group (a collaboration of Syracuse University, University of Hohenheim, FIAN International and Geneva Infant Feeding Association); and the expert group “Introducing the Right to Adequate Food in University Curricula” (hosted by Heinrich Boell Foundation).


Research Interests

Gender, nutrition and right to adequate food; sustainable livelihoods; sustainable diets and local food systems; structural causes of food and nutrition insecurity; qualitative, participatory, transdisciplinary, rights-based and gendered approaches

Vision Statement

My research interests stem from academic work in nutrition and social sciences and my experience as nutrition consultant. Under- and malnutrition pose huge challenges, with an increasing global prevalence of overweight. Working towards achieving more equitable and sustainable food systems requires a critical examination of the structural conditions that shape individuals’ and communities’ food and nutrition security, livelihoods, well-being, gender and other intra-household dynamics. By applying inter- and transdisciplinary research and an actor-oriented approach I aim to promote democratic food governance and influence public policy, with emphasis on people’s capacities to overcome barriers in participation and so gaining greater voice.

External positions

Private Docent, University of Hohenheim

22 Apr 2015 → …

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Research Output 2001 2018

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, nutrition and gender: Conceptual and methodological considerations

Lemke, S. & Delormier, T. 22 Jan 2018 In : Maternal & Child Nutrition. 13, S3, 12 p., e12499

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Personal Autonomy
Consumer Participation
Women's Rights
Open Access

Gender, Nutrition, and the Human Right to Adequate Food

Bellows, A. C. (ed.), Valente, F. L. S. (ed.), Lemke, S. (ed.) & Núñez, M. D. B. L. (ed.) 2016 New York: Routledge.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology or Edited Book

human rights
structural violence

Governance of agricultural programmes in South Africa: Potentials and constraints for local food systems adopting a right to food lens

Pott, T., Claasen, N. & Lemke, S. 15 Jul 2016 12th European IFSA Symposium: Programme and Book of Abstracts: Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways. Wilcox, A. & Vinall, S. (eds.). International Farming Systems Association, p. 118 1 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

2 Citations

Integrated assessment of renewable energy potential: Approach and application in rural South Africa

Winkler, B., Lemke, S., Ritter, J. & Lewandowski, I. 10 Oct 2016 In : Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 24, p. 17-31 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Renewable Energy
renewable energy sources
renewable energy
South Africa
Potential energy

Activities 1999 2015

  • 41 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

DAAD Alumni Winter School

Lemke, S. (Speaker)
4 Feb 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

International Farming Association (IFSA) Symposium

Lemke, S. (Panel Facilitator)
12 Jul 201515 Jul 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

AFHVS/ASFS Annual Conference

Lemke, S. (Panel Facilitator)
27 Jun 201529 Jun 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

12th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSafe2015)

Lemke, S. (Participant)
27 May 201529 May 2015

Activity: Participation in conference