Poor patents: Gerd Junne
Gerd Junne is Professor in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam.
He was born in 1947 in Germany, graduated from high school at Kiel in 1966, and studied political science, law and economics at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Geneva (1966-1970). He worked as a lecturer at the universities of Berlin (FU), Bremen and Konstanz (1970-1979), got a PhD in economics in 1975 (FU Berlin) for a dissertation on the Euromoney market and joined the University of Amsterdam in 1979.
His research focuses on the interaction between international political and economic relations, multinational corporations, impact of new technologies, development problems, international environmental policy. He has carried out research projects for the United Nations, FAO, ILO, the European Union, the VW Foundation, the Rathenau Institute, the German Parliament, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Ministry of Transport, Dutch National Research Program on Air Pollution and Climate Research.
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Options in food production: Antje Lorch
Antje Lorch is editor of the Biotechnology and Development Monitor, a journal that focuses on the socio-economic impacts of biotechnology on developing countries.
She studied biology at the University of Bremen, Germany where she focused on risk assessment of genetically modified organisms. Since the early 1990s she has also been engaged in the public debate on GMOs, especially from consumer and environmental perspectives in Europe. She is member of the advisory board of the German Gen-ethic Network.
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Rights and choices: Rod Harbinson
Rod Harbinson has a history of engagement in development issues relating to agricultural and forest biodiversity. Since studying Southeast Asian studies he has travelled widely in the region, documenting changes in farming and forest use. He has undertaken extensive advocacy work on Intellectual Property Rights for different NGOs in various intergovernmental fora. He was editor of a number of books and magazines before joining The Monitor and his writing and photography has been widely published around the world.
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Capacity building: Marilyn Minderhoud
Born in Pembrokeshire, UK. Political Sociology, London School of Economics, University of London; Sociology of Development, Birmingham University. Worked on Peace Study programme and Women's Studies courses for the Free University of Birmingham. 1972 UNESCO capacity building programme in Zambia at newly opened university; taught agrarian history with emphasis on peasant agriculture; University of Sussex thesis Commercialisation of agriculture in Northern Rhodesia; Curriculum development materials and teaching methodology for Zambia secondary schools including a DGIS project supporting the preparation of material for history teachers; 1981-1985 Indonesia, research plantation agriculture Sumatra; After 2 years in Kenya returned to Netherlands . 1987-1997 freelance editor and journalist in education, social sciences, economics and development. Editor Wagening on Line, English language newpaper University of Wageningen; Training courses editing and scientific writing . 1997-2000 ILEIA managing editor of ILEIA publications (focus low-external input and sustainable agriculture); worked on setting up regional editions of ILEIA magazine in Latin America and India. Currently editor of Compas magazine on indigenous knowledge in agriculture (DGIS project) and editor of European rural sociology research website University of Wageningen. Member of EASE (European Association of Science Editors); SFEP (Society of Freelance Editors and Proofreaders) and Netherlands Union of Journalists.
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