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Ethnobotanist in Residence 2019

Professor Christian Vogl, from the Division of Organic Farming at BOKU, Vienna, joins the CBCD in January 2019, to give a series of seminars on the dynamics of biocultural diversity in agroecosystems in Austria and Latin America, where he and his students have been conducting research for the past 20 years.

Prof. Vogl heads the Working Group Knowledge Systems and Innovation at BOKU, where he and his staff and students pursue research on farmers’ experiments, agricultural knowledge and innovation systems, local knowledge, organic farming, urban organic agriculture, and the ethnosciences, in Austria, central Europe, Mexico, Cuba, Brasil and Peru. He is also an EU auditor for quality management systems for organic certification in Latin America.

His seminar schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, January 23rd (2-5 pm) Stirling Library, Marlowe:  Changing Human-Environment Relationships in the Austrian Alps 

Thursday, January 24th (10-12 pm) Swingland Room, Marlowe: Questions and methods for the ethnobotanical study of homegardens in Latin America

His current research at BOKU includes:

“Homegrown – There’s nothing like a homegarden!” Agrobiodiversity in farmers’ homegardens in Eastern Tyrol (Austria)

Lessons Learned for the Management Policy of the Biosphere Reserve “Oxapampa-Asháninka-Yanesha” (Peru) based upon the inhabitants’ local knowledge and available global scientific knowledge.

Action Research on reestablishing crop diversity in Alpine environments: The case of the village of Assling.

Some of his recent publications include:

Cifuentes, ML; Vogl, CR; Padilla, MC Participatory Guarantee Systems in Spain: Motivations, Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement Based on Three Case Studies. SUSTAINABILITY-BASEL. 2018; 10(11): WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Kaufmann, S; Vogl, CR Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) in Mexico: a theoretic ideal or everyday practice?AGR HUM VALUES. 2018; 35(2): 457-472. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Kuhn, E; Haselmair, R; Pirker, H; Vogl, CR The role of ethnic tourism in the food knowledge tradition of Tyrolean migrants in Treze Tilias, SC, Brazil. J ETHNOBIOL ETHNOMED. 2018; 14: WoS PubMed FullText FullText_BOKU

Schunko, C; Vogl, CR Is the Commercialization of Wild Plants by Organic Producers in Austria Neglected or Irrelevant? SUSTAINABILITY-BASEL. 2018; 10(11): WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Vogl-Lukasser, B; Vogl, CR The changing face of farmers’ home gardens: a diachronic analysis from Sillian (Eastern Tyrol, Austria). J ETHNOBIOL ETHNOMED. 2018; 14:


More information: Prof Christian Vogl: christian.vogl(at)boku.ac.at

Dr Rajindra Puri: rkp(at)kent.ac.uk