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Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
Global agri-food systems are undergoing a rapid transformation towards higher-value products, higher quality and food safety standards, and a higher degree of international and vertical integration.Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems is offered by Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. 
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  • This is largely driven by changing consumer preferences and new opportunities for the agribusiness sector arising from globalization processes. The ramifications for industry structure, competitiveness, and social welfare will be far-reaching but are not yet well understood.
  •  Likewise, there are knowledge gaps for public and private sector policy making to enhance efficiency and equity outcomes. Developing countries in particular face technical and institutional constraints, potentially impeding a successful participation in emerging value chains. This will have implications for poverty and rural development, especially with a view to the small farm sector. 
  • There are also open questions about the impacts on food security and nutrition. While related aspects have been analyzed with a disciplinary focus, the innovation of the GlobalFood Research Training Group (RTG) is to take a broader interdisciplinary perspective.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • GlobalFood is structured into four interlinked research areas, which cover different stages of international agri-food supply chains. While research area A (“Restructuring of global supply chains”) focuses on intermediate stages, such as trade and retail, research area B (“Consumer preferences and nutritional implications”) takes a closer look at consumption. The remaining two research areas (Area C: “Linking smallholders to markets” and Area D: “Impacts on rural development”) concentrate on agricultural production and marketing in developing countries, with special emphasis on how small farms can be linked to emerging value chains and impacts on welfare and rural development.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Motivation letter (max 400 words), indicating your specific interest in the RTG and highlighting your personal strengths for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (if any) and experience with statistical software.
  • Full academic record (Certificates + Transcript of record of B.Sc. + M.Sc. or equivalent). Provide a copy of the original and an English translation if documents are not in English or German. If M.Sc. is still ongoing, provide an overview of grades.
  • Certificate and Transcript of record of final secondary-school examination (A-Level, Abitur, European Baccalaureate or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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