Agronomist – Geographer
Angela holds a PhD from Wageningen University (2015) and a degree in cultural anthropology from Leiden University. She has worked on various positions at Leiden University, the Leiden African Studies Centre, the Utrecht University and the University of Louvain. Her research has focused on land-use change, political ecology and access, land and forest tenure, natural-resource conflict, and emerging land-use frontiers. She has carried out long-term ethnographic research among the agro-pastoral Loita Maasai in Kenya. Her most recent work has focused on northern Mozambique, where she studied the investors of large-scale agricultural and forestry investments, and followed public consultations for mining-induced resettlement. Based in Maputo, Mozambique, she is currently a postdoc researcher in a research project from the University of Padua on wetlands in drylands for which she will conduct fieldwork in Mozambique and Sudan.
Angela is co-chair of the “Conflict, natural-resource use and institutions” working group of the “Drylands Facing Change: Interdisciplinary Research on Climate Change, Food Insecurity, Political Instability” EU-COST Action research network. She also co-leads the Social Sciences Extreme Events Research Network “Covid-19 in African and Asian Drylands” working group (Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado-Boulder).
ROQUE DE PINHO
Joana is currently co-Chair of the “Climate Change & Food Security” Working Group of the “Drylands Facing Change: Interdisciplinary Research on Climate Change, Food Insecurity, Political Instability” COST Action (CA16233) research network (https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA16233). She also leads the Social Sciences Extreme Events Research Network “Covid-19 in African and Asian Drylands” Working Group (Natural Hazards Centers, University of Colorado-Boulder).
ARNALDI DI BALME
Luigi spent 15 years working in West Africa, most of which in Burkina Faso. Former Research Director at Laboratoire Citoyennetés (Ouagadougou), he was research fellow at the IRD (UMR GRED) during the same period. He has conducted studies for international cooperation agencies, research institutes and private firms in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Senegal, Chad, Niger and Djibouti.
He has conducted anthropological and ethnographic research on youth in urban contexts (Senegal), on gender relations and rural development (Burkina Faso, Senegal), and on natural resources management and protected areas (Burkina Faso). Since 2012, he has been deepening his studies regarding the mining sector, particularly regarding the (in)formal governance and the production in artisanal mining sites (Burkina Faso, Guinea).
Martina has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany). Her research interests revolve around smallholder economies, land rights, farming knowledge, and food security from a gender perspective. Since 2010, she has been conducting research in West Africa, where she has applied her anthropological expertise, first to the field of international development through the collaboration with projects on education, gender equity, and microfinance (2010-2014) and later through in-depth ethnographic fieldwork. Her doctoral research in Burkina Faso (2016-2017) provides a gender perspective on the impact of sociopolitical and environmental factors on decision-making in agriculture. Martina has also received training in soil science at the ISRIC-World Soil Information (Netherlands) and KU-Leuven (Belgium), where she earned a certification in soil analysis and classification in tropical ecosystems.
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