This website draws on the research of Stefan Ouma. It is based on a global ethnography of agri-investment chains that spanned several countries and continents. The generosity of many interviewees around the world and several other supporters made this research possible. The website itself is the product of a great and dedicated team, which put labour and love into the “post-production” of Stefan’s research.
Since 01 March 2019, I have been holding the Chair of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Bayreuth. Before that I worked as Doc and Post-Doc at Goethe-University, Frankfurt.
My research interests lie in a theoretically and empirically informed economic geography of globalization and development, drawing primarily on insights from heterodox economics, political ecology, and post- and decolonial scholarship. My overriding research goal is to rematerialize “the economy” in times of seemingly unbounded economic relations and to open it up for political debate regarding the more sustainable and just pathways and forms of economy-making.
My current research on the political economy and ecology of global supply chains, the financialization of land and agriculture, the digital transformation of labor, and on “African Futures” reflect this orientation and complement existing foci of the Bayreuth Department of Geography. I have research experience in both the Global South (West and East Africa) and the Global North (Germany, New Zealand) and cultivate a global-relational perspective on geographically uneven development processes. Researchers co-produce knowledge with others. Without the help of many people around the globe, much of the research informing this website would not have been possible. Particularly, this includes Professor Mangasini Katundu of Moshi Cooperative University, who has supported my research in Tanzania, as well as Tobias Klinge, University of Leuven, who helped a great deal with establishing a data bank on agri-investments in Tanzania.
Mirjam was a student assistant at the Chair of Economic Geography and responsible for research assistance and website development.
Lisa is a student assistant at the Chair of Economic Geography and responsible for website development.
Sebastian works in Geo Data and Media at the Chair of Economic Geography and responsible for the Shiny-App that allows users to mine agri-investment data on Aotearoa New Zealand.
Julia, a cartographer at the Department of Geography at Bayreuth, was responsible for the visualization of the figures on this website.
Annette is a graphic designer, illustrator and animation artist based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She and Stefan Ouma collaborated on different research projects, where Annette supported the team as a designer and created the web design as well as illustrations and infographics.
Daniel is a communication and user experience designer from Cologne. He supports and advises the team in website programming and development.