Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Training Margareta Amy Lelea completed her PhD in Geography in 2009 with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis (UCD). She completed her MSc in Geography in 2005 and her BSc in International Agricultural Development in 2000 also from UCD.
Career Her PhD dissertation is entitled, ‘On the Margins of the European Union: A feminist geography of changing livelihood strategies in Romania’s Western Borderlands, 1999 - 2005’. As program coordinator of the Gender and Global Issues Program, UCD (2002-3, 2005-2009), she worked to develop a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program, an international internship program with students in China, India, Mexico and Romania and co-founded the Davis Feminist Film Festival now in its ninth year. From 2011-2013 she worked with the Department of Entomology, UCD on a project entitled, ‘Community Perceptions of Emergency Responses to Invasive Species in California’. Until 2015, she is serving as Chair of the Communications Committee for the Rural Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
Experience abroad Romania, Serbia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania
Research As a geographer with a specialization in gender, livelihood and agriculture, Margareta Lelea focuses on research and practice linked to rural transformations. Participatory action research/transdisciplinary research methodologies can allow for more inclusive research processes. Understanding the social landscape, such as through iterative stakeholder analyses, is critical to successfully identifying relevant research participants.
Current Research Projects Social Sciences: Knowledge, collaborative learning and action” within the GlobE project ReLOAD: Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains - funded by BMBF.
Teaching At DITSL, Margareta Lelea is involved in co-supervision of MSc and PhD students. Previously, as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, she taught ‘Introduction to Human Geography’, ‘Political Geography’, ‘Cultural Geography’, ‘Europe in an Era of Globalization’ and ‘Gender and Geography’. At California State University, Chico, she taught ‘Introduction to Women’s Studies’ and at West University, Timisoara, Romania she co-taught the first ‘Gender and Geography’ course ever offered in Romania while on a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship.