dr.ir. O (Otto) Hospes

dr.ir. O (Otto) Hospes

Associate Professor

Prof Dr Otto Hospes investigates international politics of sustainable food and agriculture. He particularly focuses on controverses between European and Indonesian authorities on sustainable palm oil, that are the result of unilateral European policies on renewable energy, deforestation and due diligence. He is a former senior evaluator at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has extensive experience in coordinating large interdisciplinary PhD research programs on global value chains (otto.hospes@wur.nl). He collaborates intensively with Indonesian scholars in his capacity as Adjunct Professor of IPB University, Bogor. Five of his publications are:

Berenschot, W., Dhiaulhaq, A., Afrizal, Hospes, O., Adriana, R., & Poetry, E. (2022). Anti-Corporate Activism and Collusion: The Contentious Politics of Palm Oil Expansion in Indonesia. Geoforum, 131, 39-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2022.03.002

Dermawan, A. and Hospes, O. (2022). Between zero-deforestation and zero-tolerance from the state: Navigating strategies of palm oil companies. Forest Policy and Economics 136. https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1eSFN4y2D1cbwS

Schouten, G. and Hospes, O. (2018). Public and Private Governance in Interaction: Changing Interpretations of Sovereignty in the Field of Sustainable Palm Oil. Sustainability 2018, 10(12). https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124811

Pramudya, E.P., Hospes, O. and Termeer, C.J.A.M. (2018). Friend or foe? The various responses of the Indonesian state to sustainable non-state palm oil initiatives, Asian Journal of Sustainability and Social Responsibility  3(1): 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41180-018-0018-y

Hospes, O. (2014) Marking the success or end of global multi-stakeholder governance? The rise of national sustainability standards in Indonesia and Brazil for palm oil and soy. Agriculture and Human Values 31: 425-437.