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Prof. Joost Dessein
Associate Professor at UGent


Prof. Joost Dessein 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, Food and Rural Development. 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'. Joost is President of the European Society for Rural Sociology, and co-editor of the book series ‘Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development'.

Agenda Sessions

  • Dancing with the devil? Reflections on communication in the GM arena