Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik

Dr. Miriam Boyer



Co-Leader of the Research Group BioMaterialities
Department of Agricultural Economics,
Division of Agricultural and Food Policy
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

(Visitors' Address: Hannoversche Str. 27, Haus 12)
Phone: +(49)-(0)30-20 93-46 313
Mail: miriam.boyer(at)

Research Group Co-Leader

Publications | Research Group Biomaterialities


Research Interests

Nature-society theories; agricultural biotechnologies; economic valuation of nature; politics of food and agriculture; environmental conflicts; Mexico and Latin America


Work Experience and Education

  • Co-Founder, Kornwerk für regionale Biodiversität. Berlin. 2018-

  • Post-doctoral Researcher, ‘Global Valuation of Nature and Social Inequalities’, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, 2014-2017

  • Ph.D., Sociology summa cum laude, 2014, Columbia University and Freie Universität Berlin

  • Elsa-Naumann Dissertation Fellowship of the Federal State of Berlin, 2012-2013

  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship, Columbia University, 2009-2012

  • National Science Foundation, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Trainee Fellowship, Columbia University

  • Coordination of Global Seed Campaign, La Vía Campesina, 2007-2014


Selected Publications

  • Friedrich, Beate, Sarah Hackfort, Miriam Boyer und Daniela Gottschlich (2019): Conflicts over GMOs and their Contribution to Food Democracy, in: Politics and Governance 2019, Volume 7, Issue 4, Pages 165–177.
  • Boyer, Miriam (2019) „‘Grüne’ Strategien und der Streit um die Kontrolle natürlicher Ressourcen.” In Schmalz, Stefan and Ramírez, Martín, Extraktivismus. Lateinamerika nach dem Ende des Rostoffbooms. Oekom, München.
  • Boyer, Miriam (2015). Nature Materialities and Economic Valuation: Conceptual Perspectives and their Relevance for the Study of Social Inequalities. Working Paper Series, Ibero-American Institute, Berlin   
  • Boyer, Miriam (2014) “Molecular Biotechnologies and Agriculture: Insights on Production through the Lens of Reproduction” In van der Pijl, ed., Handbook of International Political Economy of Production. Elgar, London

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