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Madalena Meinecke


Freie Universität Berlin

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut

Researcher (2019-2023)

Social Inequalities, Super Food, Case Study Brazil - Germany

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin
Geschäftsstelle: Boltzmannstr. 1
Room 106
14195 Berlin

Academic Positions

  • Since 12/2019: Doctoral research assistant in the BMBF junior research group: Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy. Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Since 10/2019: Lecturer at Evangelische Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, Bochum. Seminar Title: Power structures in the context of international social work. Module 3.4: Intercultural and International Social Work. Course cluster: International and intercultural comparative social work. Bachelor's degree program in Social Work.


  • 2016: M.A., Social Sciences. Joint degree of Albert-Ludwigs-University (Freiburg) and FLACSO Argentina (Buenos Aires) in Global Studies. Thesis: The Relationship between Filmmaker, Subject and the Production Industry. Examining the Question of Ethics in Documentary Filmmaking.
  • 2014: B.A., Social Work, Evangelische Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, Bochum. Thesis: Soziale Arbeit in Indien. Eine Qualitative Studie über Motivation und Selbstverständnis von Entwicklungshelfern in Westbengalen.

Other Work Experience

  • 11/16 – 10/17: Social Worker. Evangelisches Johannesstift Jugendhilfe gGmbH Inobhutnahmestelle Waldhof, Fürstenberg an der Havel

Presentations given

  • 07/21: “CSA a revolutionary sustainable solution? Exploring discourses on sustainability, degrowth and socio-ecological transformation” with Federico Masson at the ISEE-ESEE Degrowth 2021 Conference: “Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis”. 5th – 8th July 2021, Manchester, UK.
  • 05/21: “What is good food? Conceptual debates and empirical evidence from public perception in Brazil”. LASA - Crisis global, desigualdades y centralidad de la vida. Virtual congress, 26th – 29th May 2021.
  • 02/21: “Protest and Food. Mobilization, Consumer Behaviour and Motives of Participants of the Wir haben es satt! protest 2020”. IPSA USP Summer School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 10/20: “Bioeconomy, Agroecology & Social Justice in Politics (and) on the Streets Portrayal of Future Visions of Food Movements and in Policy Papers in Germany with Carolin Küppers. Workshops: "It's the (bio-)economy, stupid!" on the relation between the bioeconomy and economic growth. 7th – 8th October 2020, at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

Editorial Experience

Food for Justice Working Paper Series

Professional Affiliations

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)


  • German | Native language
  • English | Fluent
  • Portuguese | Intermediate
  • Spanish | Basic knowledge
  • French | Basic knowledge

Research interests

Social sciences, Global studies, Political sociology, Food Studies, Agrarian sociology, "Good Food", Sustainability, Social inequalities, Degrowth theory, Postcolonial studies, Qualitative methodologies, ethnography, (protest) survey


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Scholarships and travel grants

  • 01/2015 – 06/2015: DAAD scholarship for summer semester at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand / M.A. Global Studies Programme
  • 2013: DAAD travel grant for research trip to Shantiniketan, Indien. Data collection for the bachelor thesis: Social Work in India. A qualitative study on motivation and self-perception of development workers.
  • 2012: DAAD travel grant for Research trip to Dhakar and Abéné (Senegal), Birkama (Gambia). Seminary work on the topic of the role of NGO/NPO and social work institutions in Senegal and Gambia.
  • 2011/2012: DAAD scholarship for winter semester at Universidade da Amazônia (UNAMA), Belém, Brazil / B.A. Social Work.
  • 2010: DAAD travel grant for research trip to Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth (Israel). Seminary work on the topic of migration and Jewish identity; problems and fields of work of social work in Israel; overview of areas of tension and controversies in Israeli society and the Middle East conflicts; exchange with students of Oranim College (near Haifa).


Research Reports

  1. Meinecke, Madalena; Motta, Renata; Neuber, Michael; Sommer, Moritz; Teune, Simon; Hennigfeld, Janina; Unkel, Noémi & Küppers, Carolin (2021). Politische Ernährung. Mobilisierung, Konsumverhalten und Motive von Teilnehmer*innen in der Wir haben es satt!-Demonstration 2020, Food for Justice Working Paper Series (Nr. 3). Berlin: Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy. ISBN: 978-3-96110-366-9

Articles in Newspapers, Magazines and Websites

  1. Motta, Renata; Meinecke, Madalena (2020). Soziale Bewegungen für eine Agrar- und Ernährungswende: https://www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/2020-21/aktuelles-aus-der-biooekonomie/koepfe-des-wandels/soziale-bewegungen-fuer-eine-agrar-und-ernaehrungswende