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 2020
Cheong, D. Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock
Chikulo, MA 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) 2019
Del Callejo Veracc, I.G. The role of irrigation interventions in endogenous development in the Andean Region of Bolivia Prof. dr ir R.A. Boelens (WUR-WRM) Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg 2020
Devitt, C. Making the regulation work: responding to the human element of farm-animal welfare in the Republic of Ireland Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke 2019
Draper, M.P. Stirring Soil. Excavations into South African National Identiy Formation Prof. dr ir J.D. van der Ploeg Dr P.G.M. Hebinck (WUR-SDC) 2019
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-WER), Prof. G. Brunori (Pisa University) 2019
Felcis, E. Development of regenerative places and practices Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir L.G. Horlings 2020
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) 2020
Graaf, P.A. de Ecosystems thinking in practice Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr J.W. van der Schans (WUR-WER) 2022
Grenni, S. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir L.G. Horlings 2020
Gromasheva, O. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke 2020
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) 2020
Husain, S.O. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir D Roep 2020
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
Lee, J. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke 2024
Loon, J.P. 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) 2019
Lozano Torres, C.E. 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) 2019
Morrigi, MA A. Caring with people, caring for places: Exploring the transformative capacity of Green Care as a place-shaping practice Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock Dr ir D. Roep 2021
Morrison, S.A. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke 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
Nikol, L.J. Dr ir C.E.P. Jansen dr.ir. C.J.M. Almekinders (WUR-KTI) 2023
Oviedo Rodriguez, C.V. The synergy between social and productive policy in Mexico Dr ir C.E.P. Jansen 2021
Pearson, K. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir L.G. Horlings 2021
Pisters, S.R. Ecovillages & Sustainable living Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke 2021
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) 2021
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) 2019
Soares da Silva, D Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr ir D. Roep, Dr ir L.G. Horlings 2019
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 2020
Stachowski, J. Prof. dr ir B.B. Bock
Trenouth, L.C. Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke 2019
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
Vasconcellos Fernandez, N.A. Food sovereignty in Ecuador: The role of the peasant farmer Prof. dr ir J.S.C. Wiskerke Dr A.M.G. Arce (WUR-SDC) 2019
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, MA 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