Rural Development

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The RDE studies rural development with a focus on communities in the Global South. We integrate economics and sociology to increase our understanding on how institutional dynamics affect people who are making a living from sustainable agriculture. With our research outcomes we seek to find institutional changes that may improve the livelihoods of people depending on agriculture in terms of poverty alleviation, improved food and nutrition security and increased resilience to adverse effects.

Research focus and projects

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  • Food policy
  • Rural sociology
  • Rural market access, cooperatives and contracts
  • Institutional changes in land, labour and market conditions

 

Education

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  • Rural development
  • Development economics
  • Sociological perspectives on agriculture
  • Rural project management
  • Seminars in rural development

Contact

Head of Department
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Department of Agricultural Economics
Ghent University
Coupure links 653

Office A1.088
9000 Gent, Belgium
✉︎ marijke.dhaese@ugent.be

Joost Dessein

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Ghent University
Coupure links 653

Office A1.091
9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Staff