Yves Van Leynseele

Yves Van Leynseele holds a PhD in rural development sociology from Wageningen University (completed 2013) and currently works as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches and coordinates courses in the Master Programmes Social Geography and International Development Studies (IDS) and the Research Master IDS, and is chair of the Programme Committee for the Research Master and Master IDS programmes. He currently holds a postdoc position (0,5 fte) in the NWO/WOTRO action-research research programme ‘Inclusive partnerships and innovation platforms for sustainable landscapes and greater food sovereignty among tree crop farmers in Ghana and South Africa’.

Since 2002, he has been involved in studying rural development and agrarian reform programmes in the Southern African region. His research follows an actor-centred approach with an emphasis on development brokers (state and non-state) and Community-Public-Private-partnerships in agricultural development and land reform. Main research interests include the processes and politics of deracialisation in South African rural transformation,  the dynamics of multi-actor agricultural learning processes and methodological approaches for rersearching inter-scalar environmental governance.

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University of Amsterdam
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