On 01 March 2024, Janine Hauer successfully defended her PhD thesis “Transforming the ricescape. A case study from Burkina Faso”, supervised by Prof. Jonas Ø. Nielsen and Prof. Jörg Niewöhner, at the Geography Department at HU Berlin. She graduated with summa cum laude.

Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Ouagadougou and Bagré Janine’s thesis traces how closing Burkina Faso’s rice gap to reduce import dependency emerges as a core problem at the intersection of (post)colonial transnational development programs, national policies, and local land-use management and how the specific practical means of addressing this problem play out in everyday arrangements and activities.

Janine Hauer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Her current research focuses on how societies deal with eternal environmental burdens.

We congratulate Janine on completing her doctoral thesis and wish her all the best for her future!

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