From 2011, Yves has been teaching in the education programmes of the Master and Research Master International Development Studies, the Master's Human Geography, Urban and Regional Planning and the Bachelor Human Geography and Minor International Development Studies. He has taught and teaches a wide range of courses ranging from in-depth theoretical courses on Development Theories to research methodologies and professional and academic training. He has an interest in developing diversity approaches at the university, including decolonising of the curriculum. He is also involved in management (e.g. Programme Committee) and has supervised many Master and Bachelor theses in the fields of Geography and International Development Studies.
University of Amsterdam, MSc and Research Master International Development Studies:
Territories, Identities and Conflict in Changing World Order; Research Methods for Doing Field Research; Poverty and Development in Comparative Perspective; Undertaking Fieldwork in Developing Countries; Theories and Politics of International Development; Policy and Practice Seminar; Research Design 1: Mixed methods; Core Issues in IDS: theoretical approaches and current debates; Critical Development Theory and Social Movements, Literature Review and Fieldwork Profile
University of Amsterdam, MSc Social Geography and International Development Studies:
Territories, Identities and Conflict in Changing World Order; Geo Skills: Thesis Seminar
University of Amsterdam, BSc Human Geography, Minor International Development Studies:
Literature course, Introduction to Development Studies
Wageningen University, MSc International Development Studies (2009-2011):
Sociology in Development: Towards a Critical Perspective
Wageningen University, BSc International Development Studies (2009-2011):
Methods, Techniques and Data Analysis for Field Research; Field Research Practical; International Policies and Institutions
Yves' is a political anthropologist / geographer and rural sociologist who completed his PhD at Wageningen University. His research focuses on the dynamics and emerging properties of rural and urban transformation processes in sub-Saharan Africa. His research mostly uses anthropological methods and focuses on politicised status projects like master-planned new towns, community-based committees, public-private-partnerships, white farmer mentorships and value chain collaborations with farmers. By analyzing the role of actors and their brokering, he aims to unravel how knowledge regimes, inclusive business thinking and more privatized forms of development are expanding, usually at the expense of inclusive development and room for political contestation. His research since 2002 has been concentrated in South Africa but from 2014 he has also included Kenya and Ghana and wider regional perspectives. He recently (2014 - 2019) completed a postdoctoral research position in the project 'Inclusive partnerships and innovation platforms for sustainable landscapes and greater food sovereignty among tree crop farmers in Ghana and South Africa' (https://inclusivevcc.wordpress.com/). In the context of this project, he is co-authoring a book reporting results and elaborating a farmer-centred approach to action research (expected 2021).
For up-to-date publication list see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yves_Van_Leynseele