Hello, I am Merle Müller-Hansen, an academic researcher with a focus on agriculture and food studies. I am currently working on my dissertation in the transdisciplinary Indian-German NutriAIDE project, in which I aim to understand the urban food environments in South Asia (India) and Latin America (Mexico) from a consumption practices perspective.
As an AgriFood researcher, I am deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change on ecological diversity and food system sustainability. Climate change is affecting agriculture in multiple ways, such as shifting crop production patterns, reducing yields, and increasing the incidence of pests and diseases. These changes are having significant impacts on the availability, accessibility, and affordability of food, which is a key challenge for ensuring food sovereignty under the economic and political pressures of the current food regime.
My previous work has focussed on tensions arising from GM crops and pesticide toxicity in land use changes of Maya and Mennonite communities in Mexico. I now aim to bridge the gap between academic research and on-the-ground activism to empower marginalized communities and promote gender and social equity in urban resilience planning.
In the NutriAIDE project, I am working to understand the complex dynamics of food systems in urban areas, including the factors that influence food choices and consumption patterns. By examining the relationship between urbanization, food systems, and consumption practices, we hope to identify strategies to promote healthy and sustainable diets in urban areas.
My work is also deeply informed by feminist and socio-ecological justice perspectives. I believe that food systems must be transformed in ways that promote gender and social equity, by empowering women and marginalized groups and challenging patriarchal norms. By working to understand the challenges facing urban food systems, I hope to contribute to the development of more just and sustainable food systems that promote the health and well-being of all people.