Research Associate

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Training Esther Mieves finished her apprenticeship as horticulturalist for ornamental plants in 2006. She went on to study Horticulture (BSc) at Dresden University of Applied Science (HTW), completing in 2011. Currently, she is working towards an MSc in Sustainable International Agriculture, in the field of Organic Agriculture at Georg-August-University of Goettingen and University of Kassel.
Career During 2012, Esther worked in the Department of Crop Science (Section Crop protection) in the Research Institut of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland. Alongside her current MSc studies, Esther works as a guide, educating public visitors, scholars and students in the Tropical Greenhouse of the University of Kassel (Witzenhausen). In 2015, Esther co-founded the registered association „Solidarische Landwirtschaft Freudenthal e.V.“ and worked in this community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme as a horticulturist.
Research Interests
Still interested in organic and community-based agriculture, Esther is currently expanding her knowlegde of social science concepts and methodologies through her research on the impact of socio-cultural factors on outcomes of different innovations implemented by small-scale farmers in Tanzania.
Experience abroad
In 2006, Esther undertook independent travel to Senegal by bus, working for 4 months with a project in Casamance today known as „Sasarale e.V.“ In 2007, she again combined travel and work in India and Sri-Lanka, and in 2015, participated in an „Interdisciplinary Study Tour to Myanmar“. She will conduct her MSc fieldwork in rural Tanzania in February-March 2016.