Verena Seufert is an environmental scientist specializing in agriculture and food topics. Verena received a Diploma degree in Biology from the University of Würzburg, and her PhD degree from the Department of Geography at McGill University, Canada. After having done a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada she joined the Land Use Change & Climate Research Group at IMK-IFU as a PostDoc for 1.5 years. She now holds a position as an Assistant Professor for Land Use and Food System Dynamics at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam.
Verena’s research focuses on the question of how to do food better: How can we create a world where everyone has access to sufficient and nutritious food they enjoy eating, while producing this food without destroying the very natural resources that food production depends on? There are many purported answers to the question of how to do food better, from local food, over a vegan diet to organic agriculture. But what do we actually know about these supposed solutions? Debates around these issues are often very passionate, but typically not sufficiently informed by good science. A particular focus of Verena’s work has been to assess the debates around one of these potential solutions - organic agriculture - using a variety of different interdisciplinary scientific tools.