Stefanie Lemke

Dr, Associate Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Governance of natural resources and food sovereignty in West and East Africa; Women's Communal Land Rights in East and West Africa. Please get in touch for further information.

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Biography

 

PD Dr. Stefanie Lemke is Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. Previously she worked at the Department Gender and Nutrition, Institute for Social Sciences in Agriculture, University of Hohenheim (2008-2015), where she was Acting Chair from 2013-2015; and at the Centre for Development and Environmental Research, Justus-Liebig University Giessen as Senior Research Fellow (2003-2008). She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research, North West University, South Africa from 1997-2000 and 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 Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, the United States, and Europe. She is a board member of the German section of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) since 2014; was a board member of the Task Force on Traditional, Indigenous and Cultural Foods, International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS)(2014-2017); member of the expert group “Introducing the Right to Adequate Food in University Curricula” (hosted by Heinrich Boell Foundation) (2013-2016), and is a member of the Gender Nutrition Rights research group (a collaboration of Syracuse University, Coventry University, University of Hohenheim, FIAN International and Geneva Infant Feeding Association).

 

Research Interests

Food and nutrition security with focus on underlying structural causes of poverty and hunger; right to adequate food; women's rights; gender; sustainable livelihoods; sustainable diets and local food systems; governance of natural resources; qualitative, participatory, transdisciplinary, rights-based and gendered approaches

Vision Statement

 

My research interests stem from academic work in nutrition and social sciences and my work 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 local actors overcoming barriers in participation and so gaining greater voice.

External positions

Private Docent, University of Hohenheim

22 Apr 2015 → …

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Social Anthropology
  • participatory research approaches
  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Sustainable Development
  • sustainable food systems
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • sustainable diets
  • community nutrition

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