Prof. Menapace's Governance in International Agribusiness Group

The Governance in International Agribusiness group conducts research on the economics of agro-food value chains. That means we investigate how farmers, producer groups, food processors, food distributors, consumers, policymakers and society operate, interact and influence each other to determine what people ultimately eat.

Our ongoing projects focus on food labels (origin-based labels, animal welfare labels); food quality standards; formal and informal contractual relationships; unfair business practices; smallholder farmers’ financial inclusion; smallholder farmers’ participation in high-value agro-food markets.

We conduct theoretical, and qualitative and quantitative empirical research. Theoretical modelling (microeconomic, international trade and game theory) helps us understand the drivers of decision-making. Behavioural experiments, observational studies, surveys and expert interviews help us test those theoretical models to gain a practical understanding of their managerial and policy-making relevance. 

Do you want to work with us?

  • Exceptionally motivated candidates with a proven interest in aspects related to the governance, efficiency, welfare distribution, and sustainability of agro-food value chains are invited to send an application directly to Prof. Menapace.
  • Currently, we have no funded open positions.
  • Post-docs are invited to consider TUM University Foundation Fellowship.

Student Assistant (m/f/d) for support in research projects

We are currently looking for a student assistant (m/f/d) to support the group on ongoing and future research projects. (14.10.2020)

Your tasks:
- Review the literature on smallholder farmers’ financial inclusion and agricultural digitalisation in emerging economies
- Search and summarise the literature on agricultural value chain financing
- Assist in developing interview guides and survey questionnaires for ongoing projects
- Assist in developing and writing research proposals for funding

Your Profile:
- Ongoing course of study in economics, agricultural economics and business management
- Interest in scientific work in the field of agricultural and development economics
- Ability to work both independently and within a team
- Proficient in writing and speaking English language
- Knowledge of econometrics would be desirable but not required

We offer:
- Flexible working hours
- Scope: 10 to 12 hours per week
- Location: TUM campus in Weihenstephan, working remotely is also possible
- Gain insights and exposure into the inner workings of academia,
  useful for students interested in later enrolling for a PhD.

If you are Interested, please send your application documents (CV and academic transcripts) in a single PDF file to

Kontakt: oreoluwa.ola[at]



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