PhD Research

The Rural Sociology Group is involved in the supervision of PhD research projects.

Below you can find an overview containing the PhD research projects in progress.

For an overview of the completed PhD research projects including dissertations (since 1992), click here!

PhD's in progress (listed alphabetically):
PhD CANDIDATE TOPIC SUPERVISOR(s) Co-SUPERVISOR(s) Exp. YEAR of COMPLETION
Alene, G.D. Development intervention mechanisms towards food security: the case of Ethiopian productive safety nets programme (PSNP) Prof. dr ir J.W.M. van Dijk (WUR-SDC) Dr J.A.B. Duncan 2020
Alvez Aso Tomes Principe, C. Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg
Ambrosius, F. Prof. dr ir G.J. Hofstede (WUR-INF) Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock
Bantwal Rao, M. Technology, power and resistance: Philosophical reflections on the open source paradigm Prof. dr G.T.P. Ruivenkamp, Prof. dr H.G.J. Gremmen (WU-PHI) Dr ir J.P. Jongerden
Broekhaus, B. Prof dr B.E. Büscher (WUR-SDC), Prof. dr C.N. van der Weele (WUR-PHI) Dr J.A.B. Duncan
Chenier Golcher, J. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke
Chikulo, S. Emerging market discourses in a changing agrarian economy: The case of fresh vegetable markets in Zimbabwe Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr. P.G.M. Hebinck (WUR-SDC)
Del Callejo Veracc, I. The role of irrigation interventions in endogenous development in the Andean Region of Bolivia Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg Prof. dr. L. Vincent (WUR-IWE), Ir. G. Gerbrandy (WUR-IWE)
Devitt, C. Making the regulation work: responding to the human element of farm-animal welfare in the Republic of Ireland Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock
Dos Santos Paulino, C. Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg
Draper, M. Stirring Soil. Excavations into South African National Identiy Formation Dr P.G.M. Hebinck (WUR-SDC)
Dvortsin, L. The role of new food enterprises in reshaping food supply chains Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr J.W. van der Schans (WUR-LEI), Prof. G. Brunori (Pisa University)
Felcis, E. Development of regenerative places and practices Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir L.G. Horlings
Geerts, R.J. Philosophical explorations on energy transition Prof. dr H.G.J. Gremmen (WUR-PHI), Prof. dr G.T.P. Ruivenkamp Dr J.G.M. Jacobs (WUR-PHI)
Graaf, P.A. de Ecosystems thinking in practice Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke
Grenni, S. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir L.G. Horlings
Hernando Arrese, M. Let it Flow! Existing Beyond Water Grabbing and Energy Security Policy in Mapuche Territories of Los Andes, Southern Chile Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr A.M.G. Arce (WUR-SDC) 2019
Husain, S.O. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir D Roep
Kavanagh, J. Prof. dr ir C. Leeuwis (WUR-KTI) Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock
Knapp, M. The networked politics of place: Council democracy and autonomy in Rojava Prof. dr G.T.P. Ruivenkamp, Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir J.P. Jongerden
Kocher, K. Staatsvorming in Koerdistan Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir J.P. Jongerden 2021
Loon, J. van Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse aardappelveredeling Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke, Prof. dr ir E.T. Lammerts van Bueren (WUR-PBR) Mr dr P.J. van Cruyningen (WUR-RHI) 2018
Lozano Torres, C. Food security and public procurement: Reforming school meals through state action in Brazil Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Prof. dr S. Schneider (Federal University Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Dr R. Sonnino (Cardiff University, UK)
Morrigi, A. Caring with people, caring for places: Exploring the transformative capacity of Green Care as a place-shaping practice Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir D. Roep 2021
Nieto Romero, M. Rebuilding the Commons through bricolage. Pathways for commoning forests in Spain and Portugal Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir D. Roep 2021
Oviedo Rodriguez, C. The synergy between social and productive policy in Mexico Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir C.E.P. Jansen 2021
Pearson, K. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir L.G. Horlings
Pisters, S. Ecovillages & Sustainable living Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke 2022
Reyna Contreras, M. Food safety policies and family farmers in Mexico Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr A.M.G. Arce (WUR-SDC) 2020
Reyna Jimenez, O. Transnational Extractivism and Social Change in Wirikuta Sacred Natural Site Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr A.M.G. Arce (WUR-SDC)
Smit, M. Energy efficiency in modern agriculture Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg 2018
Sovova, L. Grow, share or buy? Understanding the diverse food economies of urban gardeners Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr E.J. Veen 2021
Stachowski, J. Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock
Vasconcellos Fernandez, N. Food sovereignty in Ecuador: The role of the peasant farmer Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr A.M.G. Arce (WUR-SDC) 2018
Vasta, A. Weaving resilience with traditional linen: the potential of a traditional product in improving community resilience Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir D. Roep 2021
Yu, T. Energy and Labour use: a comparison between organic and conventional farms in the Netherlands and China Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg 2019
Zhang, J. Peasant farming and the stat food security in China: the case of Guangxi sugarcane sector Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg 2020