RTG 1666: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems


Dr. Kathrin M. Demmler

Research Interests

Food systems
Nutrition transition
Malnutrition in all its forms
Sustainable nutrition
Rural development

[Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development;
Supervisor: Prof. Matin Qaim,
GlobalFood Subproject: B3]


  • 04/2014 - 03/2017 Ph.D. Agricultural Sciences, University of Goettingen, Germany
    Thesis: "Nutrition Transition in Urban Kenya: The Role of Supermarkets and Nutritional Knowledge"

  • 10/2009 - 05/2013 M.Sc. Nutritional Sciences, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
    Thesis: "Correlation of Food Intake, Overweight and Pre-diabetes: A Study in Tanzania"

  • 09/2010 - 07/2011 Exchange with Ghent University, Belgium
    M.Sc. Program "Nutrition and Rural Development", Faculty of Bioscience and Engineering

  • 10/2005 - 12/2008 B.Sc. Ecotrophology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
    Thesis: "Food Security and Climate Change in Tanzania"

  • Professional Experience

  • 04/2014 - 06/2017 Research Associate, RTG 1666 GlobalFood, University of Goettingen, Germany

  • 08/2016 - 09/2016 Visiting Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC

  • 04/2015 - 07/2015 Administrator of Field Work and Data Collection, Central Region, Kenya

  • 10/2013 - 03/2014 Research Assistant, joint project by FAO and Justus-Liebig-University Giessen on "Improving the dietary intakes and nutritional status of infants and young children through improved food security and complementary feeding", Kasungu, Malawi

  • 07/2012 - 10/2013 Student Assistant and Lecturer, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

  • 04/2012 - 07/2012 Administrator of Field Work and Data Collection for the Master Thesis, Moshi, Tanzania

  • Publications

  • Demmler, Klasen, Nzuma, Qaim (2017) Supermarket purchase contributes to nutrition-related non-communicable diseases in urban Kenya. PLoS One 12(9): e0185148.

  • Demmler (2017) Nutrition transition in urban Kenya: The role of supermarkets and nutritional knowledge. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany.

  • Demmler, Ecker, Qaim (2017) Supermarket shopping and nutritional outcomes: A panel data analysis for urban Kenya. World Development; in press. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.07.018

  • Debela, Demmler, Rischke, Qaim (2017) Maternal nutrition knowledge and child nutritional outcomes in urban Kenya. Appetite; 116: 518-526. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.05.042

  • Demmler, Klasen, Nzuma, Qaim (2017) Supermarket purchase contributes to nutrition-related non-communicable diseases in Kenya. 3rd Hidden Hunger Congress, Stuttgart, Germany.
    (Awarded 1st Poster Prize)

  • Minos, Butzlaff, Demmler, Rischke (2016) Economic growth, climate change, and obesity. Current Obesity Reports; 5(4):441-448. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-016-0234-7

  • Languages


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