RTG 2654: Sustainable Food Systems

Welcome to the Research Training Group (RTG) "Sustainable Food Systems"

Obststand The Research Training Group (RTG) “Sustainable Food Systems” was recently approved for funding and will start operating in September 2021. The RTG combines excellent interdisciplinary research and graduate training related to the sustainability of global and local food systems.

Food and agriculture are playing key roles for many of the global challenges such as poverty, undernutrition, overweight and obesity, climate change, and biodiversity loss. It is obvious that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be achieved without major changes in food production and consumption. But what types of changes are useful at what level and how these changes can be implemented politically, economically, and socially are open questions that will be addressed by the new RTG, focusing on both rich and poor countries.

The RTG is a joint initiative by the University of Göttingen’s Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Economic Sciences and is implemented together with various international partners, including the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, and KU Leuven in Belgium. The RTG is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Job Openings


We have openings for 15 doctoral researcher and 1 postdoctoral researcher positions in the RTG. Further details of the application process can be found here (application deadline: 15 February 2021)