The Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty MSc is a transdisciplinary course addressing current issues related to food production, access and management of natural resources, climate change and land degradation, and the environmental, socio-economic and institutional implications in the building of resilient societies.
This course is based on CAWR’s structural pillars of agroecology, resilience, and water and food sovereignty.
It is different in integrating both the natural and social sciences, providing you with a flexible yet comprehensive learning experience. You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the fields of food sovereignty, agroecology, as well as individual and collective human security and well-being that goes beyond the usual research fields of food systems and food security.
Agroecology is the discipline that addresses practical aspects of resilient food production and natural resources management, their environmental impact as well as the governance and socio-economic challenges facing current food and farming systems.
Why choose this course?
This course has been designed for students from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. biology, political science, international development, geography, economics, ecology), converging on agriculture, water and food systems from complementary angles that include physical and natural sciences, geography, social sciences and humanities, economics, and political sciences. It aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical understanding necessary to make a strong positive impact on communities and shaping future resilient societies.
International experience opportunities
CAWR has an extensive network of contacts globally that regularly collaborate with staff. In particular, we have strong links with institutions such as the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (specialist post-graduate research and teaching institution) and Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
During the MSc you will be able to liaise with staff that have links to institutions nationally and internationally, based on your specific interests, ranging from institutions carrying out research in more applied natural sciences to other social and community-based organisations.
Career prospects can include scholarly research to strengthen the impact of academia on shaping resilient societies; employment by development organisations, local and national governing bodies, and international institutions (e.g. United Nations [UN], Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs [DEFRA], Natural England, Environment Agency, Department for International Development [DFID], Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers [CGIAR], International Livestock Research Institute [ILRI], International Centre for Research in Agroforestry [ICRAF], Oxfam); and entrepreneurship in several sectors, e.g. agriculture, environmental management, civil society, and policy.