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Leon Bessert

Student Assistant

Inspired by stays abroad and the different realities of people from diverse cultures, I became interested in the influence of human civilisation on the ecosystems of the earth. Since the production of food plays a central role in this, I decided to study agricultural sciences, which I began at the Friedrich-Wilhelm University of Bonn and continued at the Georg-August University of Göttingen with a focus on resource management. Most recently, I completed a Master's degree in sustainable international agriculture at the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel with a focus on organic agriculture. During my studies, I worked in various positions as a research assistant and completed my Master's thesis on the influence of regenerative agriculture on soil fertility. Through my second degree in economics at the University of Potsdam, I would like to deepen my economic and political knowledge in order to shape the agricultural turnaround and a sustainable agriculture in Germany as well as on an European and global level.

  • Scientific work experience

  • July 2021- January 2022: Student assistant, University of Göttingen. Department: Göttingen International

  • Oktober 2020 - September 2021: Student assistant, University of Kassel. Department: Organic plant protection; Project: AKHWA: Adaption to climate change: Increaing the water retention of soil with regenerative agriculture

  • April 2018 - August 2019: Student assistant, Georg-August Universität Göttingen. Department: Grasland science

  • March 2018 - April 2018: Research trip for Bachelor thesis (Farmer grazer conflicts in Northwest Cameroon: a farmers' perspective). Bamenda, Cameroon. University of Kassel. Department; Animal husbandry in the tropics and subtropics

  • Regenerative agriculture & Agroforestry
  • Carbon farming
  • Transformation processes
  • Socio-ecological interactions
  • Participative research methods

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Feldt, Tobias; Karg , Hanna; Kadaouré , Ibrahima ; Bessert, Leon ; Schlecht , Eva (2020): Growing struggle over rising demand: How land use change and complex farmer grazier conflicts impact grazing management in the Western Highlands of Cameroon. In Land Use Policy 95, p. 104579. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104579