Dr. Sarah Ruth Sippel

Lecturer and Principal Investigator (SFB 1199)

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Bildschirmfoto 2016-10-06 um 10.47.36My research interests concern the complex nature of the global agri-food system, particularly the questions in relation to food security, the financialization of agriculture and food, and the alternatives that are being developed to the current agri-food system. I consider that all these issues raise key questions in relation to politics, ethics, and social justice, which motivate my research. As a human geographer with a background in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy, I investigate social and anthropological phenomena from an interdisciplinary and transregional perspective. Over the last years, I have intensively worked on the interlinkages between export agriculture, rural livelihood security, and labour migration in North Africa and the Western Mediterranean. My current research project addresses the diverse imaginations of land through the lens of Australia's increasing agricultural ties to the Gulf States and China. Whether considered as the 'last frontier' in the rush for finite resources, a financial asset class, or a cornerstone of identity – each imagination of land carries with it particular ideas and visions about the future of agriculture and food as well as concepts of justice and the 'good life'. The project focuses on these imaginations in their concrete meanings and implications.


In charge of credit transfer for BA students
If you want to transfer credits received elsewhere, please check whether the respective courses correspond to our study programme in terms of content as well as scope and requirements (hours, examination). Once you have received your certificates, please come to my office hours for transfer. You can find the document for credit transfer here.


Office Hours
There is no need to make an appointment – please just drop by my office (Room 403) during my office hours Monday, 2–3 pm (during the lecture term).

 

Teaching
Globalization, area studies, agriculture and food, financialization, (rural) development, economic anthropology, Middle East and North Africa.

 

Publications

Much of my work is available online (ResearchGate) – otherwise I'm happy to send it to you personally. Please do not hesitate to get in touch!

 

Monographs
(2014) Export(t)räume. Bruchzonen marokkanischer Landwirtschaft, Transcript: Bielefeld (online extract)

 

Edited Volumes
(2015) Umkämpftes Essen. Produktion, Handel und Konsum von Lebensmitteln in globalen Kontexten, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen (with Cornelia Reiher) (online extract)

(2014) Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture. The Social Costs of Eating Fresh, Routledge: London (with Jörg Gertel)

 

Refereed Articles

(2017) Financialising Farming as a Moral Imperative? Renegotiating the Legitimacy of Land Investments in Australia, forthcoming in Environment and Planning A

(2017) Grounding the Financialization of Farmland: Perspectives on Financial Actors as New Land Owners in Rural Australia, Agriculture and Human Values, 34, pp. 251-265, DOI 10.1007/s10460-016-9707-2 (with Nicolette Larder and Geoffrey Lawrence)

(2016) Breaking Ground: Multi-family Farm Entrepreneurs in Moroccan Export Agriculture, Journal of Rural Studies, 45, pp. 279-291, DOI 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.03.013

(2015) Finance Capital, Food Security Narratives and Australian Agricultural Land, Journal of Agrarian Change, 15 (4), pp. 592-603, DOI: 10.1111/joac.12108 (with Nicolette Larder and Geoffrey Lawrence)

(2015) Food Security or Commercial Business? Gulf State Investments in Australian Agriculture, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 42 (5), pp. 981-1001, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2014.990448

 

Book Chapters

(2017) The Financialization of Farming: The Hancock Company of Canada and Its Embedding in Rural Australia, in: Miele, M., Higgins, V., Bjørkhaug, H. and Truninger, M. (eds), Transforming the Rural: Global Processes and Local Futures, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 3-23 (with Geoffrey Lawrence and David Burch)

(2016) The Financialisation of Agriculture and Food, in: Shucksmith, M. and Brown, D.L. (eds) International Handbook of Rural Studies, London, Routledge, pp. 215-226 (with Jörg Gertel)

(2016) Contested Red Gold: The Tomato in the Context of European–Moroccan Relations, in: Corrado, A., De Castro, C. and Perrotta, M. (eds) Migrations, Territories and Agri-food Production in the Mediterranean Area, Routledge ISS Studies in Rural Livelihoods Series

(2015) All You Need Is Export? Moroccan Farmers Juggling Global and Local Markets, in: Robinson, G. and Carson, D. (eds), Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 328-349

(2015) The Financialisation of Food and Farming, in: Robinson, G. and Carson, D. (eds): Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 309-327 (with Geoffrey Lawrence and David Burch)

(2015) Kampf ums 'rote Gold': Die Tomate im Spannungsfeld europäisch-marokkanischer Interessenkonflikte, in: Reiher, C. and Sippel, S.R. (eds), Umkämpftes Essen. Produktion, Handel und Konsum von Lebensmitteln in globalen Kontexten, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen, pp. 67-96

(2015), Einleitung: Umkämpftes Essen in globalen Kontexten, in: Reiher, C. and Sippel, S.R. (eds), Umkämpftes Essen. Produktion, Handel und Konsum von Lebensmitteln in globalen Kontexten, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen, pp. 9-37 (with Cornelia Reiher)

(2014) Disrupted Livelihoods? Intensive Agriculture and Labour Markets in the Moroccan Souss, in: Gertel, J. and Sippel, S.R. (eds), Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture. The Social Costs of Eating Fresh, Routledge: London, pp. 186-198

(2014) Shared Insecurities? Farmers and Workers in Bouches-du-Rhône, in: Gertel, J. and Sippel, S.R. (eds), Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture. The Social Costs of Eating Fresh, Routledge: London, pp. 37-48 (co-authored with Jörg Gertel)

(2014) Super/markets: Beyond Buyer-drivenness in Southern France, in: Gertel, J. and Sippel, S.R. (eds), Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture. The Social Costs of Eating Fresh, Routledge: London, pp. 49-60 (co-authored with Jörg Gertel)

(2014) Introduction: Seasonality and Temporality in Intensive Agriculture, in: Gertel, J. and Sippel, S.R. (eds), Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture. The Social Costs of Eating Fresh, Routledge: London, pp. 3-22 (with Jörg Gertel)

(2014) Epilogue: The Social Costs of Eating Fresh, in: Gertel, J. and Sippel, S.R. (eds), Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture. The Social Costs of Eating Fresh, Routledge: London, pp. 246-252 (with Jörg Gertel)

(2013) Power Geometries of Food Security: A Critical Area Studies Perspective, in: Middell, M. (ed.), Self-Reflexive Area Studies, Leipziger Universitätsverlag: Leipzig, pp. 215-247 (with Birgit Kemmerling)

(2012) 'On a commencé petit à petit': Globalisierte Agrarproduktion und soziale Mobilität im Souss, in: Gertel, J. and Breuer, I. (eds), Alltagsmobilitäten: Aufbruch marokkanischer Lebenswelten, Transcript: Bielefeld, pp. 269-287

(2010) Doreen Massey, in: Engel, U. and Middell, M. (eds), Theoretiker der Globalisierung, Leipziger Universitätsverlag: Leipzig, pp. 341-353

 

Working Papers
(2013) Arab-Australian Land Deals: Between Food Security, Commercial Business, and Public Discourse, Land Deal Politics Initiative Working Papers Series, Working Paper 27, Rotterdam

(2010) 'Resistance is futile'? – Zivilgesellschaft und Exportproduktion in Süd-Marokko, Diskussionspapiere des Fachbereichs Volkswirtschaft des Vorderen Orients an der Freien Universität Berlin, Diskussionspapier Nr. 108, Berlin

 

Book Reviews
Salzmann, P. (2014) Die Nahrungskrise in Subsahara-Afrika. Politische Ökonomie der Nahrungsunsicherheit von KleinbäuerInnen (Wien: Mandelbaum Verlag), Comparativ – Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 2 2015, pp. 81-83

Schmid, H. and Gäbler, K. (eds) (2013) Perspektiven sozialwissenschaftlicher Konsumforschung (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner), Geographische Zeitschrift 103 (2) 2015, pp. 117-119

 

Projects

"Land Imaginations: The Repositioning of Farming, Productivity, and Sovereignty in Australia", Principal Investigator of Research Project C04, SFB 1199 at the University of Leipzig, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2016-2019)

"Food, Farming and Financialisation: Agri-food Transformations in Australia", Partner Investigator in Discovery Project DP160101318 at the University of Queensland, funded by the Australian Research Council (Principal Investigator: Em/Prof Geoffrey Lawrence; further Partner Investigators: Dr Hilde Bjørkhaug, Centre for Rural Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prof Chul-Kyoo Kim, Korea University) (2016-2018)

"Agricultural Transformation and Agrarian Questions in the Arab World", Network Partner of International Network Grant at London School of Economics and Political Science, funded by The Leverhulme Trust (Principal Investigator: Em/Prof Martha Mundy, further Network Partners: Prof Ray Bush, University of Leeds, Dr Habib Ayeb, Université Paris 8, Prof Rami Zurayk, American University of Beirut, Prof Mohamed Mahdi, Ecole Nationale d'Agriculture de Meknès, Prof Amin al-Hakimi, Sanaa University, Dr Carol Palmer, Council for British Research in the Levant, British Institute in Amman) (2016-2018)

"Understanding the Role of Finance in Agriculture", Principal Investigator of Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (Projektbezogener Personenaustausch), funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (Partner Investigator: Dr Nicolette Larder, University of New England) (2017-2018)

 

Other Academic Activities

Member of the editorial board of the TraFo-Blog (Academic blog on transregional research, hosted by Forum Transregionale Studien and Max Weber Stiftung in cooperation with CrossArea e.V.)

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