We are proud to be a team with a great variety of different disciplinary backgrounds and individual strengths that allow for innovative approaches towards the analysis of values-based modes of production and consumption in the corporate food regime.

Coordinating team

Christina Plank studied International Cultural and Business studies with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Passau (Germany) and the St. Petersburg State University (Russia). She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna and works on the role of the state in social-ecological transformation processes with a special interest in agro-food studies.

In the foodalternatives.at project, she is the project coordinator and leads the sub-team Political Sciences. Her work focuses on the food regime theory, critical state theory and the case studies in the Czech Republic.

Keywords: political science, agro-food studies, state theory, political ecology, Czech Republic

Rike Stotten holds a Magister Artium degree in Economic Geography, Sociology, and Geography and a PhD in Sociology. She gained research experience from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. She researches in the field of Rural Sociology and Agro-Food Studies in mountain areas and is interested in the manifold relationships and interdependencies between city & country, production & consumption, as well as underlying processes, structures, and power relations. Empirically, she has been working on landscape perception, social-ecological resilience, values-based value chains, and bio-regions.

In the foodalternatives.at project, she leads the sub-team Sociology at the University of Innsbruck.

rural sociology, values, social capital, intermediate food supply chains, Switzerland

Robert Hafner studied European Studies (BA) at Malmö University (Sweden), graduated in Geography: Global Change – Regional Sustainability (MSc), with a regional specialisation in Latin America (particularly Argentina) and finished his PhD in Geography at Innsbruck University (Austria), where he worked on environmental justice and soy agribusiness in Argentina.

In the foodalternatives.at project, he leads the sub-team Geography at the University of Innsbruck. He primarily works on territoriality, visceral methods and q-methods, as well as supervises the case studies in Argentina.

Keywords: geography, human-environment research, territoriality, visceral methods, q-method, Argentina

Project members

Felix Dorn studied International Economic Studies at the Universidad de Córdoba (Argentina) and Innsbruck University (Austria). During his PhD in Geography he worked on the global lithium production network in Argentina.

In the project he is part of the sub-team Geography and concentrates on territoriality, Global Production Networks and focuses on the Argentine case studies.

Keywords: geography, territoriality, global production networks, political ecology, Argentina

Stephan Pabst holds a Master’s degree in Agronomy from BOKU – Vienna University of Life Sciences and studied Rural Sociology at Wageningen University. He has worked in the fields of Regional and Alternative Food Networks for the research group ‘Sustainable Food Systems’ at FH JOANNEUM Graz. Furthermore, he was engaged in the foundation of community supported agriculture (CSA) projects in Eastern Austria and the international CSA-movement. He currently works on his PhD in rural sociology.

In the project he focuses on values in intermediate food supply chains in the swiss case studies.

Keywords: rural sociology, values, social capital, intermediate food supply chains, Switzerland

Anna-Maria Brunner holds a BSc degree in Environmental and System Sciences with an emphasis on Geography from the University of Graz (Austria) and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain). Currently she is studying the master’s programme Sustainable Urban and Regional Development at University of Graz, where she concentrates on sustainable development in the realm of food production and consumption and on cartographic visualisations.

In this project she is part of the sub-team Geography and focuses on case studies in Argentina.

Keywords: geography, Argentina

Scientific Advisory Board

Collaborating Researchers, Projects & Institutions

  • Highlands.3, Collective Approach of Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Highlands.
    The HIGHLANDS.3’ goal is to contribute to Inclusive Sustainable Development in Highlands (ISDH) through collective and impact-driven Research & Innovation (R&I), based on capacity building, sharing of local-global knowledge, experience, and tools.