Marijke D'Haese

Department of Agricultural Economics
Rural development
Ghent University
Office: A1.088
Coupure links 653
9000 Ghent, Belgium


marijke_dhaese.jpgMarijke D’Haese is professor in rural development economics. She spent her childhood in Africa and returned to home-country Belgium to study Bioscience engineering at Ghent University. She graduated as a bioscience engineer in 1997, after which she was appointed as a research assistant at the Department of Agricultural Economics of that university. This six-years teaching-research appointment resulted in a PhD on the economics of woolgowers’ associations in the Transkei region in South Africa in 2003. In 2004 she left Ghent to work as an assistant professor at the Development Economics Group at Wageningen University. She returned to Ghent in 2007, first as post-doc assistant and from 2010 as a professor. She teaches on development economics and rural development. She is involved in the educational board of the International Master in Rural Development and the Master in Nutrition and Rural Development.

Her research interests are reflected in the research that is ongoing in the group and her publications on past projects. Each new project brings new insights, new solutions but also new questions. Each new question triggers her curiosity and researcher’s mind, which she tries to pass on to students and PhD researchers. The research focuses on the role of agriculture in rural development in the Global South. A special interest is on the impact of institutional changes in governance systems of land, labour and market access on food security and family income. Most research takes the farm/farm worker/rural household as focal point. A few studies concentrate on the institutional environment (formal, informal governance structures). The geographic focus is on a number of African and Latin American countries. More in particular, we do research in Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Costa Rica. Past research also included South Africa, Cameroon, Ecuador, Senegal, Kenya and Vietnam.