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Team members

Antje Jantsch – Project Leader

I am an agricultural economist and work with the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) as a postdoctoral researcher. I am also very happy to lead the Leibniz Junior Research Group “RuWell”. Additionally, I am an associate researcher at the World Database of Happiness based in the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization in the Netherlands, a proud member of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)  as well as the Southeast Europe Research Group (SEE)  based at IAMO. My research focuses on empirical microeconomics, quality of life and place attachment in rural areas and social comparison processes in relation to subjective well-being. My geographical focus is mainly Southeast Europe and East Germany, but also Thailand and Latin America.

 

 

Arjola Arapi-Gjini – Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a Research Associate at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) and a postdoctoral researcher within the RuWell project. I specialize in the use of impact evaluation techniques ranging from quasi experiments to simulation models for development intervention projects and initiatives. My research focuses on issues of agricultural and rural development, immigration policies, poverty, inequality, and communal well-being in Southeast Europe. I also have extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Martin Luther University in Halle. My current research investigates the multidimensional drivers of rural well-being and their effects on people’s (im)mobility decisions in Southeast Europe and East Germany.

 

 

 

Daniela Ana - Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), part of the RuWell project. Trained in anthropology at the Central European University (MA, June 2015) and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (PhD, July 2019), I am a social anthropologist whose research focus is at the intersection between socio-cultural values, agricultural production and environmental transformation. I specialised in qualitative research methods, primarily in participant observation and ethnographic interviews. Regionally, I focus on Eastern Europe, specifically on the Republic of Moldova and Romania. What motivates me is a strong commitment to comparative, interdisciplinary approaches and in my current research I focus on linkages between place attachment, rural livelihoods, land use and (im)mobility.

 

 

Johnson Kansiime – PhD Student

I am a rural development specialist, agricultural economist, and rural livelihoods enthusiast. I work with the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) as a doctoral researcher. Growing up mostly in rural areas spurred my desire to firmly contribute towards providing solutions to the complex problems faced by rural dwellers. I envision a world where concerned parties conscientiously work towards the sustainable development of rural spaces while improving the wellbeing of rural residents. As a PhD student within the RuWell project, I work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christoph Wunder and Dr. Antje Jantsch. My research investigates the multidimensional drivers of rural well-being and their effects on (im)mobility decisions of rural people in East Germany with a focus on the dimension of place attachment. My wider research interests include multi-dimensional well-being, rural out-migration, poverty and inequality, rural food security and food systems transition, analysis of agricultural policies and programmes.

 

Arbnora Shala -  PhD-student 

I am a specialist in rural development and agribusiness. I am a doctoral student at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO). As a member of the RuWell project, supervised by Dr. Antje Jantsch, Dr. Arjola Arapi-Gjini and Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld, I will provide survey-based empirical evidence on the main drivers of rural (im)mobility decisions by using a Multidimensional Well-being Index (MWI), developed by the RuWell team.

My research is focused on rural regions in Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, and Romania. Particular attention will be paid to the role of place attachment in people's (im)mobility decisions and well-being specifics.

In addition to my research, I am very interested in economic and social rural development sciences, and agricultural policies. As an innovative thinker, enthusiastic and hardworking person I love expanding my knowledge with new things daily.

 

Lucas Hoferer ­­– master student

My name is Lucas Hoferer and I'm studying Economics: Data Science and Policy at the Martin Luther University in Halle. As part of the RuWell project, I am working on my master's thesis, which focuses on subjective well-being and livability in rural areas. The core of the thesis lies in the development of a livability concept for rural areas. The developed concept is afterwards compared with the existing empirical evidence of the World Data Base of Happiness. The results provide a suitable starting point to pursue further research questions regarding subjective well-being and livability in rural areas.

 

 

 

Darja Nedoborovsky - student assistant

I am a student assistant at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies and support the RuWell team. My main fields of work include public relations, especially managing the project website as well as helping with the organization of the conceptual workshops.