Research Associate - Project Coordination

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Training Markus Frank studied organic agricultural science at the University of Kassel (BSc) and finished his MSc on sustainable international agriculture in September 2015 (University of Kassel and University of Göttingen).
Career Before starting his studies, he gathered working experience in practical agriculture and extension in Germany and abroad. He did long-term internships in practical organic agriculture (Argentina/Germany) and in rural development projects (India/Argentina/Bolivia). Since 2009 he is involved in several project activities and conference organisation at DITSL. Currently, he is coordinating the project “Postdoctoral fellowships for African researchers in the engineering sciences” at the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the University of Kassel, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
Research His main research interest is on organic agriculture, agroecology and action research in smallholder innovation systems. Currently, he is conducting his Phd study ‘exploring transition pathways towards agroecological farming in Argentina’, including a twelve months field research stay at the University of Rio Negro, Argentina (financial support provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Foundation fiat panis).

MSc Thesis (2015): Assessment of an on-farm experimentation and extension approach for innovation in smallholder livestock production systems – A case study of multi-stakeholder demonstration farms in the Neuquén Province - Argentina

BSc Thesis (2012): Local innovation in the development in smallholder agriculture - a literature review and case study in the Department of Cochabamba, Bolivia
Experience abroad
Markus Frank has long-term experience in India and Latin America, and short-term experience in Kenya.