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M.Sc. Shantonu Abe


M.Sc. Shantonu Abe

Südbau, Raum 1.19

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Köln

Telefon +49-(0)221-470-1947
E-Mail sabe(at)uni-koeln.de

Research Interests

  • Organic agriculture production systems
  • smallholder farming
  • systems analysis in agriculture
  • agricultural food chains
  • ethnobotany
  • 'forgotten' vegetables

Regional Focus

  • India
  • Japan

Professional Training

November 2016 until present

Research fellow and PhD candidate at the Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, Working Group: Economic Geography, Prof. Dr. Boris Braun

Project: Standards 2.0? Livelihoods of Indian smallholder farmers between global and domestic value chains for organic and fair trade agri-food products (funded by the German Research Foundation, 2016-2019)


Master of Science, Organic Agriculture Program (specialization: Agroecology) at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Major Thesis with Farming Systems Ecology Group
Topic: 'Choosing to Nourish: A Nutrition-sensitive Analysis of Case-studies in Vietnam'

Minor Thesis with Biosystematics Group
Topic: 'Crop Diversity in 19th Century Japan: An Analysis of the Seikei Zusetsu agricultural encyclopedia gifted to Philipp Franz von Siebold 04/2010-03/2014 International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan)  


Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Majoring in Anthropology with a Minor in Development Studies at the International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan)

Thesis title: I am a Hyakusho: The Values and Ethics of Alternative Agriculture in Japan.