Fabian Käser is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Anthropology. He started his PhD in January 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller and Prof. Dr. Stephan Rist. In his PhD research, he looks at actors and institutions of local food systems, and interlinks with global agro-industrial food systems in the Mount Kenya Region. His research is part of the interdisciplinary research project „Towards Food Sustainability: Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa”. This project aims at enhancing the sustainability of analysed food systems and improving food security of involved actors. Several academic institutes from Switzerland, Kenya and Bolivia are involved in this project, which is financed by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (R4D) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Fabian Käser is participant of the Graduate School North-South and coordinator of a work package of the project in which he does his PhD research.
He studied Social Anthropology and Ecology (allgemeine Ökologie) at the University of Bern, where he received his MA in 2014. He wrote his Master Thesis on local impacts of a large-scale land acquisition project in Northern Sierra Leone. His thesis is part of the research project „Ethnography of Land Deals“. During his graduate studies, he worked as a student assistant at the Institute of Social Anthropology and he was assistant in 2014 and early 2015.