Isabelle Kunze

Project Info

Role GESA 2011 participant
Nationality German

Project Description

In 2008, I completed my MSc in Social Sciences at the University of Waikato in New Zealand with a focus on Human Geography and Environmental Politics and Public Policy Sciences. During my studies, I developed substantial interest in undertaking social research and now continue to carry out indepth independent research.

Currently, I am a PhD student in the BioDIVA research project, which aims for an equitable and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity through transformational knowledge. BioDIVA is part of a socio-ecological research program that seeks to cross boundaries by enhancing inter- and transdisciplinary research. I am working specifically on the case of rice cultivation in Wayanad, Kerala, India.

My PhD, entitled “The social organization of values and local knowledge of agrobiodiversity management” examines the socio-ecological changes in gender relationships associated with the loss of agrobiodiversity in local rice seed systems. The theoretical framework is based on rural development and poststructuralist approaches to indigenous knowledge formation. Ethnobotanical methodologies constitute the basis for exploring the complex socio-ecological meanings of traditional rice cultivation practices in Wayanad.

My academic experience has equipped me with broad theoretical knowledge and multidisciplinary perspectives in the domain of human dimensions of environmental change.

I seek to critically engage with social-ecological interfaces in a changing world by gaining an understanding of policy matters and hands-on skills that can support local environmental knowledge and community institutions.


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