Andrea Mathez is a PhD student in Geography and teaching assistant at the IGD, University of Lausanne.
Her doctoral research explores 'alternative farming systems' and agro-ecological practices in Switzerland and Morocco. Through ethnographic research, she focuses on the multiple dimensions – economic, political, historic, cultural, socio-ecological and emotional – that (re)make agricultural practices and identities in these two countries.
Andrea holds a Bachelor in Socioeconomics from the University of Geneva, a Masters in International Development, specialisation in agriculture from Sciences Po Paris and a Masters in Globalisation, Environment and Politics from King's College London. As part of her bachelor's degree, she studied for one year at the School of Governance and Economics in Rabat, Morocco, where she also completed a one-year social science program on the MENA region, taught in Arabic.
Her Bachelor's research, carried out as part of project of the French Agency of Development (Afd) and of the International Center of Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), focused on the transformations of the food system in the region of Rabat-Salé in Morocco due to the establishment of supermarkets. Andrea continued her research on Morocco with a thesis at King's College on the ideology of agricultural development in Morocco. In addition, she conducted research on the institutionalisation and the narratives of pastoralism for the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome and Dakar, and on local food circuits for the International Urban Food Network (IUFN) in France.