Dr. Eva-Marie Meemken

Current Position:

Post-doctoral researcher

Current Field of Research:

Smallholder participation in modern supply chains and impacts on income, poverty, and development
[Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development; Supervisor: Prof. Matin Qaim, Global Food Subproject: D1]

Research Interests:

Agricultural development, food security, and poverty reduction
Agricultural and environmental policies
Agri-food system transformation


    Ph.D. Program GlobalFood (RTG 1666) (2014-2017)
  • University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Supervisor: Prof. Matin Qaim
  • Dissertation: Can Sustainability Standards Promote Socioeconomic Development in the Small Farm Sector? Insights from Coffee Producers in Uganda (summa cum laude)
  • M.Sc. Agricultural Economics (2011-2013)
  • University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Semester abroad (M.Sc. program Agricultural Economics) (2012), Purdue University, USA
  • B.Sc. Organic Agriculture (Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften) (2007-2011)
  • University of Kassel, Germany
  • Semester abroad (B.Sc. program Agro-ecology) (2009/10), University of Yucatán, Mexico

Professional Experience:

    University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development / RTG 1666: GlobalFood (sine 2017)
  • University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Doctoral researcher, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development / RTG 1666: GlobalFood (2014-2017)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (German Agency for International Cooperation)
  • Intern in the project Adaptation to Climate Change in the Andean Region in Lima, Peru (2013)


  • Meemken, E.-M., & Qaim, M. (2018). Can private food standards promote gender equality in the small farm sector? Journal of Rural Studies, 58, 39–51.
  • Meemken, E.-M., Spielman, D. J., & Qaim, M. (2017). Trading off nutrition and education? A panel data analysis of the dissimilar welfare effects of Organic and Fairtrade standards. Food Policy, 71, 74–85.
  • Meemken, E.-M., Veettil, P. C., & Qaim, M. (2017). Towards improving the design of sustainability standards – A gendered analysis of farmers’ preferences. World Development, 285–298.

French (basic knowledge)

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