Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik

Dr. Diane Kapgen


Foto Dr. Diane Kapgen
Foto: © Sophie Margue / IHIST


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of Agricultural Economics
Agricultural and Food Policy Group
Philippstraße 13 -
House 12, Room 66
D-10115 Berlin

phone: +49(0)30 2093 46329

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Publications | Project ENFASYS


Research Interests

Agroecological transitions, Sustainable food systems research, Farming systems analysis, Critical development studies, Rural development and agrarian studies, Global food system interdependencies, Systems thinking, Transdisciplinary research, Qualitative methods

Current Research Project

ENFASYS (ENcouraging Farmers towards sustainable farming SYstems through policy and business Strategies)

Work Experience and Education

  • Since 06/2023 Postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Project ENFASYS

  • 11/2019 – 05/2023 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Sustainable Food Practices Project

  • 12/2018 – 10/2019 Research (and Development) Specialist, University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Sustainable Food Practices Project

  • 09/2013 – 11/2018 PhD Candidate, Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement (CECID), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. Doctoral thesis: “Impacts of Agroecology-based Development Programs on Smallholder Farmers’ Livelihoods in Eastern Burkina Faso”

  • 09/2014 – 11/2014 and 10/2015 – 12/2015 Field research in Burkina Faso, engagement with the Association pour la Recherche et la Formation en Agro-écologie (ARFA)

  • 01/2013 – 08/2013 Project manager, Non-governmental organization PADEM (Voluntary social year)

  • 09/2010 – 09/2012 M.A. Sciences de la population et du développement, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). MA thesis: “Le rôle de l’abus de pouvoir des élites locales dans les acquisitions de terres agricoles à petite échelle. Le cas de la commune de Djidja au Bénin”

  • 09/2011 – 12/2011 Internship and field research at the NGO Synergie Paysanne du Bénin (SYNPA)

  • 10/2007 – 09/2010 B.A. African Development Studies in Geography, University of Bayreuth
    Major: African Development Studies in Geography. BA thesis: “Festung Europa oder Chance Immigrations- tradition? Erwartungen und Realitäten im Alltag subsahara-afrikanischer Asylsuchender in Luxemburg”


  • Kapgen, Diane and Laurence Roudart. 2022. “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Assess Smallholder Farmers’ Adoption of New Technologies in Development Interventions.” European Journal of Development Research

  • Reckinger, Rachel, Diane Kapgen, and Maria Helena Korjonen. 2021. “Food Governance durch Qualitätszertifizierungen.” in Handbuch Ernährungskommunikation. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven – Theorien – Methoden. Edited by J. Godeman and T. Bartelmeß. Giessen: Springer VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

  • Kapgen, Diane and Laurence Roudart. 2020. “Proposal of a Principle Cum Scale Analytical Framework for Analyzing Agroecological Development Projects.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 44(7):876–901.

  • Reckinger, Rachel, Diane Kapgen, and Maria Helena Korjonen. 2020. “An Infographic Synopsis of Luxembourg’s Food System.” Forum Für Politik, Gesellschaft Und Kultur in Luxemburg 408:39–42.

  • Kapgen Diane, Roudart Laurence. 2017. “Smallholder Farmers’ Adaptations of Agroecology in the Context of Livelihood Asset-Deprivation: Social and Ecological Consequences in Bilanga, Burkina Faso”, in: Book of abstracts of the Tropentag conference, Bonn, 20-22 September 2017.

  • Kapgen Diane, Roudart Laurence. 2016. “Agroecology in the Context of Rural Development Interventions in Burkina Faso: A Smallholders' Livelihoods' Catalyst?”, 4-page paper in: Proceedings of the Tropentag conference, Vienna, 18-21 September 2016.

  • Kapgen Diane. 2016. Burkina Faso: Smallholders’ livelihoods and agroecology’s potential. In: Farming Matters Magazine (Global Edition) (Volume 32.3 2016), Section: Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field.

  • Kapgen Diane, Roudart Laurence. 2015. “Assessing the impacts of a transition to agroecology-based agricultural systems on smallholder farmers’ livelihoods in Burkina Faso: The contribution of a methodological framework combining the Anglo-Saxon Sustainable Livelihoods and the francophone “Agriculture Comparée” approaches”, 18-page paper in: conference proceedings online, 2nd Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development.


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