PhD research


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At present staff from SDC is involved in the supervision of the following PhD projects.

Projects are listed below in alphabetical order.









Ongoing PhD projects:

  1. Aberese, Aberese
    Frontline health worker motivation, morale and attitude on quality of maternal and child health service provision

  2. Akiboye, Akin
    Rural resettlements in post-apartheid South-Africa

  3. Ange, Olivia
    Cultural and Bio-diversity Protection through heritage policies. Andean potatoes’ regimes of value in protected areas and beyond

  4. Bashwira, Rose
    Gender and mining reforms in eastern DRC

  5. Cháves, Martha
    From visions to realities: The eco-village movement in Colombia

  6. Chenier, Jacqueline
    Technified peasant production as an alternative for achieving food sovereignty: The case of staple grain, panela and casabe production in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti and Colombia as a strategy for peasant reassertion

  7. Chikulo, Shiela
    Fresh fruit and vegetable marketing in Zimbabwe: Fast track land reform and new markets

  8. Conteh, Ibrahim
    Education in flood-affected Mozambique

  9. Djindil, Nakar
    Food insecurity and vulnerability: The long-term effects of ecological and political stress in the Sahel. The case of the Guera in Central Chad

  10. Draper, Malcom
    The soul of the soil

  11. Engel, Karen
    The role of disaster culture in Chili

  12. Gbehi, Clément
    The social organization of farm innovation: Knowledge systems, commoditization and research networks in Benin

  13. Geerling, Hilde
    Household vulnerability and the Productive Safety Net Programme in northern Ethiopia

  14. Ghimire, Luna K.C.
    Gender relations and post-conflict reconstruction in Nepal

  15. Goldfarb, Lucia
    Soy expansion and social conflict in Argentina

  16. Justin, Peter
    Armed conflict induced displacement and land governance in Yie county, South-Sudan

  17. Kingma, Koos
    Pathways of rural change. Interplay of livelihoods, gender and policies during the last 25 years in Lubaga, Tanzania

  18. Kobusingye, Doreen
    Embedding land conflict: Decentralized land governance and conflict transformation in Northern Uganda

  19. Koduah, Augustina
    Health policy and communication networks in Ghana’s health service

  20. Kronenburg, Angela
    Co-management of the Naimina Enkiyio forest in Loita Maasai, Kenya: Conflicts, outside intervention and local dynamics of change and continuity

  21. Kwami, Aku
    Emerging in the middle: Continuous quality improvements for managerial decision-making in maternal and child health policy implementation in Ghana

  22. Lubilo, Rodgers
    The problem of community in CBNRM, Caprivi, Namibia

  23. Man, Rens de
    Effectiveness of the millennium development goals towards food security: Assessing the interplay between institutions

  24. Medard, Modesta
    The transformation of Lake Victoria’s fisheries landscape

  25. Méndez, Raquel
    Large scale resource extraction and the violation of women’s and children’s rights in Santander, Colombia

  26. Morales, Carlos
    Networks around risk management in Central America

  27. Musalem, Nasim
    Colour Green for Dollars. Bottlenecks for the establishment of commercial initiatives for Chamaedorea palm fronds in Veracruz, Mexico

  28. Mutahara, Mahmuda
    Multi-stakeholder mapping processes in Tidal Flood Management in coastal Bangladesh

  29. Ndiame, Fadel
    Agrarian Change and the peasantry in the Casamance, Senegal

  30. Olde Heuvelt, Francine
    The role of identity construction within the organisational practices and social mobilisation of the Brazilian Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST)

  31. Overbeek, Fons van
    Livelihood practices within hybrid governance: Local negotiations to the threat of land scarcity in expanding urban areas of Bukavu

  32. Pauwelussen, Annet
    Realities under construction: Exploring complexity in the building of marine Protected Areas in Indonesia

  33. Peña, Clara
    Farmers’ perceptions and actual use of the fertility of Terra Preta soils in Colombia

  34. Reyes, Virgilio
    Intervention processes in Guatemala

  35. Reyna, Oscar
    Mineral conflicts and environmental issues in San Luis Potosí, Mexico

  36. Rossell, Nuria
    The abandonment of treatment in children and adolescents in El Salvador

  37. Salomao, Alda
    Negotiations around commercial investments in land in Mozambique

  38. Servín, Fidencio
    Going for the bucks: Organizational processes emerging from rural policy interventions in Zacapu, Mexico

  39. Srikandini, Annisa Gita
    Building resilient communities through disaster diplomacy: Comparing Indonesia and Myanmar

  40. Staveren, Martijn van
    The 'greening' of flood defense in the Netherlands, Bangladesh and Vietnam

  41. Tander, Nienke
    The different faces of standards in the cashew chain India-The Netherlands

  42. Tchtachoua, Rosine
    Shifting Legitimacies: Decentralized land governance and legal pluralism in Burundi

  43. Tumer, Nuray
    Processes of multiple identifications of Turkish migrants in The Netherlands

  44. Umans, Laurent
    International Policy Cooperation

  45. Vasconcelos, Nicolás
    Ecological support systems for small scale cattle farmers in Ecuador

  46. Vermeij, Lotte
    Socialization of child soldiers in Africa

  47. Verschuuren, Bas
    The growing cultural and spiritual significance of nature: An exploration of the role of sacred natural sites in conservation practice, management and policy

  48. Vos, Rosa de
    The politics of scale in palm oil disputes in West Kalimantan, Indonesia

  49. Wegerif, Marc
    Feeding the city: the case of Dar-Es-Salaam

  50. Wood, Allan
    Local agricultural production as a potential contributor to urban food security in the Colombian Amazon

  51. Yevoo, Lucy
    The influence of clinical decision-making support networks on frontline providers decision-making in Ghana

  52. Zenteno, Cecilia
    The political and territorial significance of women organisations in Bolivia