Friday, 13 March 2009,
LAND TENURE CENTER Discussion Series Rural Sociology Conference Room
350 Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Drive
"Constructing Contradictions? The European Environmental Dream and Polish Organic Farming"
a talk by Kathryn De Master
Kathryn De Master is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an honorary fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Land Tenure Center. Her scholarship emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues. Kathryn's research and teaching primarily explore local and sustainable agro-food systems, organic farming, global agriculture issues, European Union agri-environmental policies, environmental sociology and political ecology. Her dissertation, supported by the Kosciuszko Foundation and entitled "Waking Up to the European Dream: The Shifting Landscapes of Polish Organic Farming," emphasizes the socioeconomic transitions, environmental impacts, and changing policy regulations facing Poland's organic farmers, in the context of Poland's recent (2004) entry into the European Union.