Dr. Anna Müller was a GlobalFood member from 2011-2015. The information on this site reflects the status at the point of leaving GlobalFood.

Occupation after leaving GlobalFood
Link to profile as Post-doctoral researcher, Chair Prof. Theuvsen / Prof. Klasen, University of Göttingen until 08/2015
Since 09/2015: Bioversity International: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Agrobiodiversity and Ecosystem Services, CGIAR-Program Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security


Anna Müller


  • 4/2011 2/2015
    PhD Candidate in the Research Training Group „GlobalFood“
  • 4/2002 – 4/2009
    Regional Studies of Latin America (Focus on Economics & Economic Geography),
    University of Cologne and Universidad Europea de Madrid
    Degree: Diploma
    Thesis: Global Chain Governance and Standards: The Chiquita Case
  • 7/2001
    Abitur, Karl-von-Frisch Gymnasium Dusslingen

Work Experience:

  • since 3/2011
    Freelance Expert for Development Education for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • 10/2009 – 12/2010
    Junior Consultant for Marketing, Corporate Development and Local Economic Development,
    Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED)/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Guatemala
  • 6/2008
    Internship as Research Assistant for the Project „How to dirve business value through sustainable consumption“, triple innova, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 08/2007 – 1/2008
    Internship as Research Projectleader: Economic and Environmental Problems of the Petén Region, Fundación ProPetén, Guatemala
  • 3/2007 – 5/2007
    Internship as Projectmanager, connosco Consulting, Köln, Germany

Language Skills:

  • Fluent in English and Spanish, Basic knowledge of French and Portuguese

Additional Qualification:

  • Trainings in Intercultural Communication and Leadership Skills, Gender-sensitive Projectmanagement and Participatory Research Methods

Research interest:

  • Governance of Global Value Chains, Agribusiness in Developing Countries, Knowledge Transfer and Upgrading, Trust and Embeddedness, Relational Economic Geography, Central America


a) Peer-reviewed publications or book chapters

  • Müller, A., V. Otter, L. Theuvsen (2013). Supply chains of non-traditional export products between Latin America and Europe: The role of private certification standards. In: A. Engler et al (Eds), Understanding the agricultural sector in Latin America, results from the Chilean-German academic cooperation. Talca: Editorial Universidad de Talca, pp. 51-72.
  • Herforth, N., A. Müller (2012). Clusters and global value chains: Conceptual approaches and case study evidence of the agri-food sector. In: L. Theuvsen, A. Voss (Eds.), International High-Value Chains. Göttingen: Cuvillier Verlag, pp. 87-113.

b) Other publications

  • Müller, A. (2015). Food safety standards in developing countries: exploring the role of finan-cial literacy. PhD thesis , Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Göttingen.
  • Müller, A., L. Theuvsen (2015). Financial literacy and food safety standards in Guatemala: The heterogeneous impact of GlobalGAP on farm income. GlobalFood Discussion Pa-per 63, University of Göttingen. www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.