Aniek is a PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute of Oxford University. At the ECI, she works on food systems change projects with foresight elements such as SUSFANS and SENTINEL. Her PhD that is part of the SRC, focuses on urban food systems, and in particular what role the notion of (civil) participation can play in making these more resilient. Civil actors are increasingly taking up responsibility by taking action through practices such as policy-making and initiating alternative food practices. Aniek aims to contribute to an understanding of what role civil society can play in making (urban) food systems more resilient. By connecting it to the wider literature on food systems and governance, she aims to provide insights in possibilities for cross-scaling and the ‘embracing’ of heterogeneity. Her PhD-supervisors are Line Gordon, Stephan Barthel and Joost Vervoort.
Aniek has a background in both nutrition and development sociology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Here, she worked for 3 years as a junior researcher in the project TRANSMANGO at the Rural Sociology Group. She also supervised and lectured students in various sociology courses around the topics of rural development, agro-ecology and international development.