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Lilian Beck completed her MSc in Agroecology at the Swedish University of Agriculture in year 2018. She did her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Sciences of Education at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Complementary she completed several courses in Social work and Ethics at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and Organic Agriculture at University Kassel.



From 02/2019 to 10/2020 she had been working as International Field Specialist for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Cambodia facilitating participatory processes to identify climate-smart agricultural approaches and developing outreach materials such as a handbook on agroforestry.

From 07/18 to 01/2019 she had been working as Collaborative Researcher conducting an action research on alternative extension service for the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and from 03/2017 to 09/2017 on barriers to adoption of agro-ecological approaches for her Master’s Thesis also with CIAT in Cambodia.

For her Bachelor’s thesis she undertook an Anthropological field study in an organic cotton cooperative in Kyrgyzstan, from 7/2013 to12/2013.



Lilian conducts her PhD project on “Inter-organizational learning activities to boost agroforestry dissemination”, for which she enrolls at University Hohenheim. The PhD project is supported by the scholarship program of the ATSAF ACADEMY and supervised by Prof. Dr. Kaufmann and Dr. Delia Catacutan from the world agroforestry Center (ICRAF). Lilian has a special interest in the farmer first approach, transdisciplinary action research, and participatory video making. Her focus study areas are indigenous cultures, agro-ethnology, agroecology, agroforestry, climate-smart agriculture and communication and extension


Experience abroad

Austria (3months), Cambodia (3years), Belgium (1month), France (1month), Indonesia (2months), Kirgizstan (5months), Laos (1month), Sweden (1,5 years), and Vietnam (2months).


Current Research Projects

Lilian is involved in the Kazakhstan-Russia-Germany partnering SAGRIS project “Improving postgraduate education in sustainable agriculture and future agro-systems” and assists in developing a PhD module on Transdisciplinary research