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Study and continuing education in Geography of Food

E-Learning

How could our food supply be made more sustainable? In the exciting online course, you will learn what sustainability means in the context of our global food system. We also show how food value chains need to be designed to pursue the goals of Agenda 2030 in line with the sustainable development of the United Nations.

Degree programme – Bachelor’s

The Geography of Food Research Group leads the following UNR Bachelor modules:

Global Food Systems

 

Providing a sustainable diet for the world is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. How will the global food system evolve, and what strategies are necessary to produce enough food without destroying the resource base? In this module we explore these questions and take a look into the future.

Eco-Balance Sheets and Label Management (minor)

This module builds on knowledge from previous minors to enable students to understand, question and put into practice methods for communicating sustainability outcomes. Through the use of eco-balance sheets or label assessments in practice,  the importance of sustainability becomes tangible. Discussions with experts from industry, science and politics make the possibilities and limitations of the measurability, verifiability and communication of sustainability comprehensible.

Consulting

In an increasingly complex world, the demand for professional support and advice is increasing. Be it professional advice, for example in the areas of energy or nature management, or process-oriented support, for example in conflict mediation. In this module, you will become familiar with selected consulting methods and instruments and practice them in class. Of central importance in the module is the concrete technical consultation of an organisation (company, association, etc.), from securing the consulting contract to the consulting types on offer.

Designing Sustainable Food Systems

How can food value chains be designed to contribute to sustainable development? The first part of this module, an eLearning course, provides insights into the sustainability of the global food system, the role of food value chains and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the second part, students analyse an existing value chain and outline possible strategies for sustainable development.

Completed Bachelor’s theses 2016 - 2019

Degree programme – Master’s

The Geography of Food Research Group leads the following modules in the Master’s programme

Agrofoodsystem and Chains

Food systems are the basis of our nutrition, elementary components of the environment and our society, and important drivers of the global economic system. In this module, students acquire strategies - from production to consumption - to satisfy the multiple requirements of a sustainable food system.

Summer School Geography of Food

During the two-week "Geography of Food" summer school, students will work intensively on the topic of sustainability in the food value chain: from the production to the consumption of food. There are thirty available places for students from all over the world to participate. The Summer School takes place alternately in Switzerland, India and Slovenia. Acquiring specialist know-how is just as important as intercultural dialogue.

Environmental economics

Existential ecological pressures are increasing, and resource shortages and resulting conflicts are intensifying. Added to this, there are far-reaching global shifts, both economic and political. In this module we assume the following thesis: The central driver of social development is the economy. Strategies and initiatives with a sustainability impact must start here. The economy itself needs fundamental reform and further development. But how? After completing this module you will know more...

Completed Master’s theses

Continuing education

The Geography of Food Research Group leads the "Geography of Food" module in the foodward (German only) CAS in Food Responsibility