I hold a doctoral degree in Social and Economic Geography (April 2012) from Lund University, with specializations in development geography and feminist geography. Since October 2013, I work at the Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU. While I mainly am researching, I also do some teaching.
I am teaching in the "Rurality, Livelihoods and Gender" master's course, which is also the introductory course of the international master's program in "Rural Development and Natural Resource Management". I am also supervising students at different levels.
My research interests include studying agricultural intensification and commercialization trajectories in Sub-Saharan Africa from a gender perspective, particularly the interface of new agricultural technology, gender-and-generational relations and smallholder wellbeing, not least in terms of nutrition and health.
My PhD project focused on how the introduction of the high-value NERICA upland rice has impacted smallholder women’s and men’s, girls’ and boys’ wellbeing in Hoima District, Uganda, by examining intra- and extrahousehold production and distribution relations, including decision making processes and divisions of labor. I am also very interested in understanding the role of specific places and regions for economic development trajectories and gender relations, and therefore also considered this in my project. In my Post Doc project, funded by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) led CGIAR research program Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), I carried out two case studies in Nigeria as part of the global qualitative comparative research initiative GENNOVATE (Enabling Gender Equality in Agricultural and Environmental Innovation), that has been initiated by the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network. The purpose is to investigate women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms— and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management (NRM).
Earlier on I have researched the cassava and groundnut value chains in Nigeria and Sierra Leone and their intersection with smallholder wellbeing. I have also carried out two undergraduate research projects in Uganda on smallholder food security.
My current project departs from my Post Doc project and is funded by FORMAS. It is carried out in collaboration with A4NH/IFPRI and their flagship program HarvestPlus. I will be working with Adewale Oparinde and together we will carry out an impact assessment of biofortified vitamin A cassava in Nigeria. The aim of this project is to explore and explain how the interaction of gender norms, agency and innovation in cassava production, processing and marketing shapes development outcomes related to intrahousehold nutrition and health in contexts characterized by widespread malnutrition. The project will focus on evolving gender relations in households, communities and cassava value chains in light of the recent introduction of provitamin A cassava.