Joost Dessein

Department of Agricultural Economics
Rural development
Ghent University
Office: A1.091
Coupure links 653
9000 Ghent, Belgium


joost_dessein.jpgJoost Dessein (°1971) is associate professor (tenured) at the department of Agricultural Economics (UGent), an affiliated member of the Centre for Sustainable Development (UGent) and a senior researcher at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO). He holds an Msc in Agricultural Engineering and a Msc and PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, all of which obtained at the Catholic University of Louvain.

Joost’s teaching and research expertise lies in the fields of Sociology of Agriculture and Food and Rural Development. Teaching courses such as ‘Sociological perspectives on rural development’, ‘Food policy’ or an interactive seminar on rural development, Joost inspires his students to become critical and reflexive researchers and professionals. Current research themes include the governance of local food systems and related issues of social and environmental justice, the role of innovation platforms in knowledge creation and dissemination, and complex decision-making as a ‘political matter'. His research has a particular though not exclusive focus on the Global South. Specific research focuses on innovation processes in the Ethiopian and Malawian Agriculture and Innovation System; on dam-driven transitions of downstream alluvial plains in Ethiopia; and on governance of local food systems in Bolivia, Belgium and the Netherlands.  Joost is President of the European Society for Rural Sociology.