The PhD research of Aniek explores the shaping of resilient urban food systems, with a particular focus on the role of participation. She aims to unpack the notion of participation by exploring what type of participatory responses can be found in the food system. Secondly, she attempts to uncover what role they can play in making (urban) food systems more resilient.
It is widely acknowledged that food systems are failing to deliver sustainable food security, which is expressed in challenges, such as food poverty, environmental pollution and growing inequalities. While both state and market actors have been attempting to address such failings through, sometimes large-scale, policy action, many problems continue to exist. Especially visible in urban areas, is that civil actors are taking up responsibility by taking action through practices such as policy-making and initiating alternative food networks.
Aniek has a background in both nutrition and development sociology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Having comepleted the bachelor study ‘Nutrition and Health,’ and two-year Master’s degree in ‘Development and Rural Innovation,’ allowed her to specialize in the topics of food security, agro-ecology and international development from an actor-oriented perspective. During her study she has done research on these topics in India, Chile and Tanzania.
After completing her studies she first worked as a knowledge broker at the ‘Food and Business Knowledge Platform’, where she helped conducting a stakeholder consultation for the new food security policy brief of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following, she started work as a junior researcher in the project TRANSMANGO at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University. Here she also supervised and lectured students in various sociology courses around the topics of rural development and poverty.
Besides her work as a PhD candidate at the SRC, she also works as a researcher at the Environmental Climate Instute of Oxford University on the EU-projects TRANSMANGO and SUSFANS; both projects explore sustainable food and nutrition security in the EU food system.
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Increasingly well-organised food assistance initiatives might help transform struggling official food and welfare systems
2018 - Journal / article
Transformations inherently involve systems change and because of the political nature of change, are subject to contestation. A potentially effective strategy to further transformative change that builds on interdisciplinary, multiactor, and multiscale-practices and values is the use of foresight. Foresight covers a wide range of methods to systematically investigate the future. Foresight exercises offer collaborative spaces a...
2018 - Journal / article
The food system’s decreasing ability to deliver food security has led to the emergence of food assistance initiatives. Food assistance is highly contested; as some argue, it is a “failure of the state”, while others regard food assistance to be an “extension of the welfare state”. Either way, research suggests that actors within food assistance are rethinking their role in the food system. In this paper, we study three food a...
2017 - Journal / article
Urban food strategies are increasingly being used as means to address a multitude of challenges presented by food system failings. The use of participatory approaches has become common practice in the field of urban food systems planning. These approaches are believed to democratize, legitimize and increase effectiveness of addressing challenges. Despite these “promises”, they have also been viewed as problematic for being unb...