J.R. Spanier

PhD Candidate
Environmental Governance

I am a PhD researcher in the UNMAKING programme. UNMAKING studies whether, when and how agricultural civil society initiatives unmake unsustainable institutions and practices that are deeply ingrained in capitalist societies.

In my PhD project, I am studying community supported agriculture (CSA) initiatives in Germany. These initiatives can be understood as potential spaces in which unsustainable capitalist practices are disrupted. I am particularly interested in understanding the rural and rural-urban places in this disruption, and the role CSA initiatives take in the making of alternative countrysides.

I hold a MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford (UK), and a BA in Geography and Political Science from the University of Heidelberg (Germany). Next to my academic work, I have been working with social movements and nongovernmental organizations struggling for food sovereignty, amongst others through co-facilitating the Youth Working Group of the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security.