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    This database contains bibliographic descriptions of all Wageningen University PhD theses from 1920 onwards. It is updated on a daily basis by WUR Library.

    Author abstracts and/or summaries are added to all descriptions. A link to the full text dissertation is added to the bibliographic description. In a few cases, no electronic version is available, mostly because of copyright issues.

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An anatomy of colonial states and fiscal regimes in Portuguese Africa : long-term transformations in Angola and Mozambique, 1850s-1970s [PhD thesis]
Alexopoulou, Kleoniki \ 2018
Optimization of mixing in a Chinese dome digester for tropical regions [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2019-10-15
Jegede, Abiodun O. \ 2018
Crossbreeding and gross national happiness of Bhutanese farmers [PhD thesis]
Samdup, Tashi \ 2018
Contextualising the emergence and impacts of the AIDS epidemic on rural livelihoods and household food security in Masaka, Uganda [PhD thesis]
Tumwine, Jackson \ 2018
Europe: the paradox of landscape change : a case-study based contribution to the understanding of landscape transitions [PhD thesis]
Sluis, Theo van der \ 2017
europe - case studies - landscape - change - landscape conservation - land use dynamics - cultural landscape - regions - urbanization - rural areas - policy - ecosystem services - agri-environment schemes
Rural livelihoods and agricultural commercialization in colonial Uganda: conjunctures of external influences and local realities [PhD thesis]
Haas, Michiel A. de \ 2017
livelihoods - livelihood strategies - communities - rural areas - farmers - history - colonies - colonialism - income - gender - social inequalities - food crops - cash crops - uganda - east africa

Cum laude graduation

The design and impact of a marketing training to strengthen customer value creation among Ethiopian pastoralists [PhD thesis]
Full text publicly available; under embargo until:2019-11-23
Teklehaimanot, Mebrahtu Leake \ 2017
marketing - training - educational courses - pastoral society - pastoralism - value added - ethiopia - east africa
Dis-locating innovation : amphibious geographies of creative reuse and alternative value production [PhD thesis]
Barba Lata, Iulian I.V. \ 2017
landscape - cultural landscape - innovations - creativity - imagination - urban sites - urban development - waste land - rural areas - topology
Farmers' perception of opportunities for farm development [PhD thesis]
Methorst, Ron \ 2016
farm development - perception - agriculture - entrepreneurship - case studies - sociology
Behind the veil of agricultural modernization: gendered dynamics of rural change in the Saïss, Morocco [PhD thesis]
Bossenbroek, Lisa \ 2016
agricultural development - modernization - gender relations - women - social change - rural areas - family farms - morocco - north africa
Is sustainable development of semi-subsistence mixed crop-livestock systems possible? : an integrated assessment of Machakos, Kenya [PhD thesis]
Valdivia, Roberto O. \ 2016
sustainable development - development economics - livestock - cash crops - agriculture - mixed farming - development policy - policy - rural areas - poverty - farming - kenya - east africa
Under the lens of embeddedness : socio-cultural perspective on home-grown school feeding in Ghana [PhD thesis]
Sulemana, Nashiru \ 2016
rural areas - schools - school food service - rural development - agricultural development - ghana - west africa
Understanding place brands as collective and territorial development processes [PhD thesis]
Donner, Mechthild Irmgard Maria \ 2016
rural sociology - food consumption - food - branding - marketing - morocco - france - regional development - rural development - tourism - international tourism
Aspirations and everyday life of single migrant women in Ghana [PhD thesis]
Tufuor, T. \ 2015
migration - rural rural migration - rural urban migration - rural areas - urban areas - women - gender relations - society - family structure - ghana - west africa
Organising trade : a practice-oriented analysis of cooperatives and networks trading cereals in South Mali [PhD thesis]
Mangnus, E. \ 2015
cooperatives - food cooperatives - cereals - trade - cotton - history - rural areas - agriculture - agricultural trade - mali - west africa
Family farming futures : agrarian pathways to multifunctionality: flows of resistance, redesign and resilience [PhD thesis]
Oostindie, H. \ 2015
family farms - multifunctional agriculture - farming - rural sociology - agricultural development - nature conservation policy - netherlands - europe
Gestational diabetes mellitus in Tanzania : public health perspectives [PhD thesis]
Mwanri, A.W. \ 2015
diabetes mellitus - food intolerance - pregnancy - pregnancy complications - obesity - carbohydrates
Hypertension in Vietnam: prevalence, risk groups and effects of salt substitution [PhD thesis]
Do, H.T.P. \ 2014
hypertension - risk groups - risk - health - salt - substitutes - nutrition - lifestyle - vietnam
Networking, social capital and gender roles in the cotton system in Benin [PhD thesis]
Maboudou Alidou, G. \ 2014
cotton - production - farmers - agricultural households - farmers' associations - social capital - networks - gender - livelihood strategies - benin
Labelling the origin of food products: towards sustainable territorial development? [PhD thesis]
López Moreno, I. \ 2014
transition economies - food production - farming systems - food products - provenance - nutrition labeling - quality labelling - farming - sustainable development - rural areas - europe

The transition from domestic to market economy in rural areas of Europe is an ongoing process that affect and is affected by local and global dynamics. The outcome of this process is unique, but if we analyse and compare each case, it is possible to find patterns and common tendencies. This book highlights the unique and common elements of these transitions, and in order to do so, it takes as reference one case from the south of Europe, the attempt to achieve a PDO certification for local cured sheep cheese, and other from Western Europe, the design and unfold of a Regional Label for local lamb meat. The thesis of this book underline is the existence of a “quality turn” in Europe, and analyse how Origin Food Labels can instruments to institutionalise new forms of co-production and co-evolution that enhance sustainable territorial development. At the same time, the ethnographic nature of this research highlights that these are controversial and political processes, where local and non-local actors with different interests find each other and try to unfold their own projects. The use of a comparative strategy highlights how these transitions are influenced by local institutional frameworks and cultural patterns, but it also shows how collective action can change them.

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