Theodros Woldegiorgis

Theodros Woldegiorgis Atreso is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He is doing a research which is entitled: The Impact of Large-scale Land Acquisitions on Peasants in West Showa Zone of Oromia, Ethiopia. He has been doing his fieldwork in the region since 2012. It is an ethnographic research which deals with the impact of large-scale commercial farms on land use, livelihood, social and cultural settings of the local communities. This research project is part of a research program: “Development as a Trojan Horse? Foreign Large-scale Land Acquisitions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar and Uganda”; the NWO-Wotro grant on foreign large-scale land acquisitions and directed by Dr. Sandra Evers. He is supervised by Professor Jan Abbink (VU University Amsterdam), Dr. Sandra Evers (VU University Amsterdam) and Dr. Kassahun Berhanu (Addis Ababa University).

Theodros obtained two master’s degrees: the first one in Social Anthropology (2004) from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and the second one in Development Evaluation and Management (2011) from University of Antwerp (Belgium). He got his bachelor degree in Sociology and Social Administration from Addis Ababa University in 2000. He has a vital working experience in research institutes and international NGOs engaged in various types of development programs in Ethiopia. Currently he is a full-time PhD candidate at the VU University of Amsterdam.

His main areas of interest includes: Ethnography, land tenure, large-scale land acquisitions, impact evaluations, livelihood, migration and gender studies in sub-Saharan Africa.  

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