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Atakan Büke is a postdoctoral researcher and joins the Institute of Anthropology thanks to a Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI) Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  The PSI programme is a full fellowship for 24 (+12) months in Germany, and is named after the Austrian pathologist Philipp Schwartz who lost his professorship in Frankfurt in 1933 due to his Jewish faith. The programme allows researchers, who are no longer able to work in their own countries because they are threatened or persecuted, to continue their work at German universities and research institutions.

Büke works together with Dr. Sarah Ruth Sippel as his mentor on the research project “Food Security versus Food Sovereignty in the Global South: An Evaluation of Food Politics and Seed Movements in Turkey”. In this project, Büke investigates seed activism and movements that aim to protect local varieties in Turkey. He specifically focuses on the growing tensions between neoliberal food security policies and food sovereignty politics, which manifest especially in the areas of resilience and sustainability, and which concern the threats that are jeopardizing the contemporary agrifood system, such as hunger, malnutrition, overweight and obesity, diet-related health problems, climate change, etc.

Büke holds a Ph.D. (2018) and M.Sc. (2009) in Sociology from Middle East Technical University (Ankara - Turkey), and was a visiting researcher at the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University in 2014-2015. Informed by social theory, development studies, political economy, and critical agrifood studies, Büke’s research interests are in the areas of food security, food sovereignty, alternative agrifood movements, food regime and agrifood system analysis, and agrarian/peasant questions.

Contact: Atakan Büke