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Research fellow, University of Sheffield

Justa Hopma is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics where she is a member of the Global Food Justice team. Her present work focuses on how women’s organisations in Bolivia and Chile conceptualise “food sovereignty”. In the past, Justa has conducted PhD research on competing understandings of food security and food sovereignty in the Arab region, with a specific focus on Jordan. Other research projects included work on conflicts between conservation agencies and Bedouin constituencies and policy-oriented research into Jordanian agricultural investments in Sudan.


  • 2017–present
    Research fellow, University of Sheffield


    University of Wales, Aberystwyth, BA Human Geography & International Politics
    University of Oxford , MPhil Migration Studies
    Aberystwyth University, PhD Food security in the Arab World


  • 2015
    "Planning in the wind”: the failed Jordanian agricultural investments in Sudan., Canadian Journal of Development Studies
  • 2014
    Political geographies of ‘food security’ and ‘food sovereignty’, Geography Compass

Professional Memberships

  • The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)