About Aniek Hebinck

Aniek is a Jr. Researcher at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University. She is interested in unfolding sustainability practices and exploring how these are constructed. In this she is combining her background in nutrition and sociology with her love for food by focusing on food provisioning.

Reflections on the STEPS Centre Summer School 2015

Last spring I attended the summer school of the STEPS centre. Together with Fredric Bauer, a fellow phd at the summer school, I wrote a blog reflecting on two hectic but inspiring weeks.
For those early stage researchers and PhD’s that are interested in attending the STEPS Summer School of 2016: The application deadline is the 27th of January 2016!

This post was co-authored by Fredric Bauer (Lund University) and Aniek Hebinck (Wageningen University).

The Summer School run by the STEPS Centrehas become one of the centre’s annual highlights by bringing together young researchers to explore the intricate world of pathways to sustainability. Co-owned by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, the centre combines topics of development and innovation in its research and teaching.

During two very intensive weeks in Spring, we and 40 other PhD students and young researchers coming from 31 countries spent our time studying, thinking, discussing, and debating ‘pathways to sustainability’. Central to these debates were the politics and framings of sustainable transitions in global settings, e.g. cases discussed were agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, water in India, and renewable energy in Europe. Between lectures given by distinguished academics such as Ian Scoones, Andy…

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‘Meet the woman leading China’s new organic farming army’ – Al Jazeera English


A recent article on Al Jazeer English with Shi Yan’s approach to organic farming that is helping to break the country’s “addiction to pesticides” and an interview with Rural Sociology’s Jan Douwe van der Ploeg.

Source: Meet the woman leading China’s new organic farming army – Al Jazeera English

New MSc thesis opportunities with the Rural Sociology Group

Are you a student of International Development studies, Organic Agriculture, Food Technology, or Development and Rural Innovation and are you interested in topics varying from food provisioning, urban-rural linkages to sustainable place-shaping? Then the Rural Sociology Group is the perfect place to look for thesis supervision!

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The Teacher of the Year Elections 2016 start today!


From Monday October 26th till Friday November 6th, you are able to vote for your favourite Wageningen University teachers, thereby deciding who will become the nominees for the Teacher of the Year 2016.

The Teacher of the Year Award is an expression of recognition of the teacher’s efforts. It acts as a source of inspiration and underlines the importance of good education.

Are you a 2nd-year student or up, then vote for your three favourite teachers by logging in with SSC via this link. By voting you have a chance of winning one of the Wageningen University sweaters!
The Teacher of the Year Award is initiated by the University Fund Wageningen.

Building a Common Food and Nutrition Policy: asking the new structures question


Terry Marsden revisits the opinion paper he wrote earlier this month on a common food policy and reflects on the ‘new structures question’. If you would like to comment on this please join us in our discussion on #commonfoodpolicy on Twitter or Facebook.

Since my first intervention calling for a radical reorganisation of the CAP, both in terms of individual responses and further reading, I am increasingly struck by the significant weight of evidence calling for more policy integration around food. This includes various EU Foresight reports. In debating these proposed changes and policy needs it is perhaps important not to rush into concerns about changes in actual policy instruments and structures, but first to more fundamentally consider and debate some of the principles which lie behind a ‘new deal for food’ in Europe. One key area is to re-position rural development concerns right at the heart of the debate…

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Landbouw als oplossing voor illegale stroperij? Naïef en tegenstrijdig


Vandaag verscheen er een opiniestuk in de Trouw, geschreven door Paul Hebinck en Bram Büscher, collega’s van de Sociology of Development and Change Group, over de jacht op illegale stroperij:

16 oktober 2015 | door: Paul Hebinck en Bram Büscher, wetenschappelijk medewerkers Wageningen Universiteit

Internationale jacht op stropers vanuit Den Haag naïef en tegenstrijdig

Staatssecretaris Dijksma van EZ heeft financiële steun toegezegd aan de door WNF opgezette Wildlife Justice Commission om stroperij in Afrika en Azië te helpen bestrijden. De plannen zijn echter onrealistisch en naïef.

Ten eerste is het idee dat landbouw de ruggengraat is van de (rurale) economie en zodoende op korte termijn een (legale) alternatief inkomstenbron kan vormen onrealistisch. Boeren keren zich al decennia in toenemende mate van de landbouw af omdat  inkomsten uit landbouw al jaren weinig soelaas biedt voor kleine boerenfamilies om een redelijk bestaan op te bouwen. Migratie naar de stad, maar ook illegale handel in houtskool, drank en wild zijn welkome aanvullingen op een vaak mager bestaan. De staatssecretaris doet er goed aan om samen met collega Ploumen initiatieven te ontwikkelen om van landbouw een aantrekkelijke(re) bron van bestaan te maken. Onderhandelingen over een zgn. vrije wereldmarkt en de exponentiële landroof voor de productie van gewassen voor de wereldmarkt of de productie van hop voor Heineken waar premier Rutte over repte in de recente algemene vergadering van de VN werken dit echter al jaren tegen. Laat de staatssecretaris zich daar maar druk over maken en collega Ploumen overtuigen boeren te ondersteunen in hun strijd om land en redelijke prijzen voor hun waar. Zolang Ploumen echter vrijhandel belangrijker blijft vinden dan lokale boerenrealiteiten in Afrika zal agrarische ontwikkeling niet echt een alternatief bieden voor stroperij.  Continue reading

“We need policy rupture not incremental conservatism”: Toward a #commonfoodpolicy



The EU-project TRANSMANGO is focussed at sustainable pathways to changing the food system. This project aims to combine and integrate different theoretical approaches to gain insight into Food and Nutrition Security (FNS).
In light of that, TRANSMANGO’s Terry Marsden has written an opinion paper about transitioning from the CAP to a Common Food and Nutrition Policy to start the debate.

Join the debate: 

A Common Food and Nutrition Policy for Europe?
Having been fortunate enough to have attended and participated in several international conferences and working groups over the spring and summer of this year, and had a change to explore and discuss the current ‘state of play’ in what seems to be the increasingly dysfunctional global food system, I have recently begun to seriously reflect on European policy, and the questions of radically changing the current EU CAP into a Common Food and Nutrition Policy. This was mentioned by Damien Canare, from Montpellier at a meeting of the FLEDGE research programme in Waterloo in September this year, and in my preparation and discussions for a presentation on the TRANSMANGO EU project at the Agriculture and Urbanising Society Conference in Rome thereafter.

“Some have perceived this as being something of a naive question, given the overall complexity and political inertia in the glacial process of CAP reform experienced over the past 25 years”

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Reflections on the ‘Resource Revolution’ excursion by RUW

By: Fabian Kemps Verhage – WUR-student and participant of the ‘Resource Revolution’ Excursion.

Who can Lease me a Pair of Shoes?

During the RUW-excursion ‘Resource Revolution’ to Berlin and Leipzig I discussed with a friend how we could make our society more sustainable. We concluded that it would be a good start if people would only buy those things that they really needed, meaning those products and services that substantially improved their well-being. Effective shampoo and long-lasting jeans would fall under that category, but cranberry-extract shampoo and fast-fashion jeans would not. We wondered whether our society would be more sustainable if people would only buy those things they came up with by themselves (e.g. “Ah, my feet are cold. I need a good pair of shoes”), instead of being driven into purchases by marketing (e.g. “Wow, these new sneakers are so cool! I really want to buy them.”

Students during RUW's Resource Revolution (Source: @Mbr_EvO; Erik-Jan van Oosten)

Students during RUW’s Resource Revolution (Source: @Mbr_EvO; Erik-Jan van Oosten)

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