Dr Chiara Sophia Weituschat

Postdoctoral Researcher

Part of the working group on Adaptation in Agricultural Systems, Sophia's research focuses on socio-economic and value chain perspectives of adaptation strategies for (smallholder) farmers. With a background in development economics and value chain management, she applies both qualitative and quantitative social-scientific methods using farm household and value chain data. The objective of her research is to identify farm and value chain level barriers to the implementation of adaptation strategies to climate change in agri-food systems, focussing specifically on value chain organisation and its relation to cognitive and socio-cultural barriers. Further, she analyses the impacts of these adaptation strategies on issues such as food security and household income. 


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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BSc. International Development Studies - Specialisation Development Economics - Wageningen University, NL, 2014
MSc. International Development Studies - Specialisation Development Economics - Wageningen University, NL, 2017
PhD: Crop up! Adoption and value chain organisation in crop diversification transitions - Wageningen University, NL, 2022

Weituschat, S., Pascucci, S., Materia, V.C. et al. Goal frames and sustainability transitions: how cognitive lock-ins can impede crop diversification. (2022). Sustainability Science, 17, 2203–2219. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-022-01156-5
Weituschat, S., Pascucci, S., Materia, V., Blasi, E. Understanding the role of value chain formation in the scaling of crop diversification (2023), Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 43, 25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-023-00866-z
Ton, G., Vellema, W., Desiere, S., Weituschat, S., & D'Haese, M. Contract farming for improving smallholder incomes: What can we learn from effectiveness studies? (2018). World Development, 104, 46-64.

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