Oona is a critical geographer who uses qualitative and participatory methods to explore how food provisioning in cities can become more circular, inclusive, and shared. Through research on gender and household sustainability, urban agriculture, alternative food networks, urban commons, food sharing, and community composting she examines the relationship between grassroots sustainability innovation and urban policy.
Since completing her PhD in geography (Clark University), she has worked as a Development & Planning Associate at Community Action Pioneer Valley, a lecturer in Food Studies at Boston University, and most recently as postdoctoral research fellow with SHARECITY at Trinity College in Ireland. She has held visiting positions with the Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft (TU Berlin), the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies (NYU), and the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies Futures of Sustainability (University of Hamburg).
Oona’s research at AMS Institute will examine circular food economies in the Amsterdam region. She will build on previous and ongoing research to collaborate with grassroots sustainability and food initiatives in Amsterdam, examine rural-urban connections, and develop comparative research between Amsterdam and New York. She looks forward to getting to know the network of actors and initiatives who compose Amsterdam’s diverse food economy.
Next to her role as Research Fellow at AMS Institute Oona is Assistant Professor in the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University, where she teaches in critical food studies and co-directs the Centre for Space, Place, & Society. She is involved in the WUR Flagship Circularity by Design and the 2021 Degrowth Conference in the Hague.
“I believe that research can do more than describe and critique what already exists but also contribute to the co-creation of more just and sustainable futures”
PI: Prof. Han Wiskerke
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