Wiss. Employee (Postdoc) in Junior Research Group "Food for Justice"
Free University of Berlin, Central Institute Latin America Institute

Central Institute Latin America Institute - Junior Research Group "Food for Justice"


Wiss. Employee (Postdoc) (m / w / d) Full-time employment Temporary until 31.03.2024 Salary group 13 TV-L FU Identifier: LAI PostdocFfJ2019


Application deadline: 26.08.2019


Food for Justice examines normative issues of inequality and justice, rights and democracy, which are discussed in discourses on the question "How will we feed the world?" come up. There is an increasing politicization in the production, distribution and consumption of food as the relationships of food production are structured by economic, social, political, cultural and environmental inequalities. Citizens are increasingly perceiving the global food system as part of the historical causes of the ecological crisis and continued world hunger. Although the reasons for this have long been known, research on food security and bioeconomics tends to rely on old-fashioned: She searches for technological fixings for a profit-oriented model with simultaneous exploitation of living matter. What is needed to deepen the debate is more knowledge about which food system citizens want, which solutions already exist, which address social concerns, and how public policies can be redirected to a fair and sustainable food system. Food of Justice combines theoretical perspectives on global inequalities with social movement research on food justice and will examine challenges and solutions both in Europe / Germany and Latin America / Brazil. Food for Justice deals with social mobilization, which aims at injustices in the food system,


• To manage and conduct research on social mobilization and social innovation in food inequality in Germany with appropriate data collection and analysis methods, including fieldwork, interviews, visuals, surveys and mapping, along with other members of the research group; 
• Writing research articles for renowned journals, book chapters, organizing panels and presenting papers at conferences and seminars to disseminate research results 
• Contributing to the synthesis of research results 
• Preparing policy recommendations


• Completed Doctorate in Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Economics, Political Economy, History or any other relevant discipline.


• PhD with outstanding performance

• Fluency in German and English, willingness to learn Brazilian Portuguese 
• Publication protocol or active research agenda with scrutinized manuscripts 
• Sufficient expertise in some of the research priorities (food security, social innovation, social mobilization, social inequalities, gender inequalities) 
• Willingness to work in the field academic administration and research funding

• Research experience in Germany 
• Regional connections between Europe and Latin America are particularly desirable

For further information please contact Prof. Renata Campos Motta ( renata.motta@fu-berlin.de ).

additional Information

Applications with significant documents stating the identifier (preferably as PDF format adocument) electronically be sent by e-mail to Prof. Renata Campos-Motta: a.wickes-neira@fu-berlin.de or by mail to the


Free University of Berlin

Central Institute Latin America Institute

Junior Research Group "Food for Justice"

Prof. Renata Campos-Motta

Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56

14197 Berlin (Wilmersdorf)

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