Deborah Bakker is a Research Trainee at Wageningen Economic Research since March 2020. Her work revolves mainly around inclusive value chains and the resilience of food systems, with a regional interest in West Africa and the Sahel.
Deborah graduated cum laude from the Research Master (MA) in International Relations at the University of Groningen and holds a BSc in Political Science from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is specialized in sustainable land governance and actively participated at several LANDac conferences, as well as the Land Governance for Development Summer School in 2017. For her master’s thesis, she focused on the political economy of migration management in Niger. In the fall of 2017, Deborah conducted five weeks of field research in northern Sierra Leone, to assess the gendered socio-economic impacts of large-scale land-based investments (LSLBI) for the production of palm oil and food for export. She conducted a short follow-up study in November 2019.