Our team2018-10-18T12:47:30+00:00

OUR TEAM

Erik Mathijs
Erik MathijsProfessor
Erik Mathijs is Professor of Agricultural and Food Economics. His research focuses on the monitoring and implementation of sustainability transitions in the agro-food sector, including the role of explorative and normative scenarios.
Tessa Avermaete
Tessa AvermaeteResearch manager
Tessa Avermaete manages several research projects of the SFERE team. She is involved in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary working groups at the university and at the local, national and European level
Isabelle Bonjean
Isabelle BonjeanPost doctoral researcher
Isabelle Bonjean is currently working on the SUFISA project as a post-doctoral researcher. She has expertise in various domains including agricultural innovations, market imperfections, the dairy sector and household econometrics, among others.
Natalia Brzezina
Natalia BrzezinaPhD Student
Natalia Brzezina is a PhD candidate in the Division of Bioeconomics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven (Belgium) and active member of Groupe de Bruges. She holds MSc in Agriculture and Commodity Sciences from Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) and MSc in Food Chain Systems from Cranfield University (UK).
Tjitske Anna Zwart
Tjitske Anna ZwartPhD student
Tjitske Anna Zwart completed the Erasmus Mundus Program on Rural Development. Through theoretical and practical experiences in Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Germany, France and Spain she obtained a broad view on rural development issues in Europe. Currently she is doing case-study work in TRANSMANGO, and Food4Sustainability and Food for the Future.
Marie Quinney
Marie QuinneyPhD Student
Marie Quinney holds a BA (hons) Geography and Spanish from the University of Leeds and a MSc Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, during which she specialised in environmental policy and poverty. At KU Leuven, she is now working on alternative food networks in the EU as part of the SUSPLACE programme.
Anastasia Papangelou
Anastasia PapangelouPhD student
Anastasia Papangelou studied Civil Engineering in Thessaloniki, Greece and Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich. Her MSc thesis focused on the environmental assessment of nutrient emissions in surface waters. At KU Leuven she is working on circular economy, focused on the water-food-energy nexus, as part of the SUSPLACE project.
Eewoud Lievens
Eewoud LievensPhD student
Eewoud Lievens is a PhD candidate at the Division of Bioeconomics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, at KU Leuven. He obtained a MSc in Bioscience Engineering from Ghent University. Eewoud first gained experience working as Programme Manager for the Environmental Innovation Platform hosted by i-Cleantech Vlaanderen. At KU Leuven, he is working on the projects SUFISA and SURE-Farm, studying various aspects of the European Common Agricultural Policy.
Nuria Spijker
Nuria SpijkerPhD student
Nuria Spijker is an FWO PhD fellow at the Division of Geography in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven. She holds a BSc in Environmental Management from Kampala International University and a MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning from the University of Groningen. Her MSc thesis focused on the role of urban and guerrilla gardening in urban green space governance in London and Groningen. Currently, she researches self-reliance within alternative foodscapes in Belgium and the US.
Mertijn Moeyersons
Mertijn MoeyersonsProject Member

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