Laura Gerken Awarded Doctorate
In June 2022, Laura Gerken received her doctorate from the University of Duisburg-Essen. In her dissertation, “Piercing the Fog: Transcalar Social Mobilization around Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Mozambique,” she explores the rise and development of multilevel land governance in the Global South since the mid-2000s, when land increasingly became an important commodity on the global market. She focuses on the key role played by the relationship between governance structures and social movements. Laura Gerken was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) from 2017 to 2022 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen.