Dr. Sarah Nischalke

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Mobility and migration
  • Social and Cultural Change and Adaptation
  • Gender
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
  • Health
Research countries
  • China
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Pakistan
  • Thailand
  • Nepal
  • Burma/ Myanmar
  • Madagascar
Research projects

ProciNut - Processing of edible insects for improved nutrition

NutriHAF-Africa: Diversifying agriculture for balanced nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems in Ethiopia and Madagascar


Additional Information:

ZEF Project Leader (since 2018): ProciNut

Professional experience

Sarah Marie Nischalke is a senior researcher with a doctoral degree in human geography from the University of Göttingen and a Double Masters degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science (Global Studies) from Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban, South Africa. Before joining ZEF she worked as food security analyst for the International Centre of Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal for several years - on mountain food and nutrition security, gender and climate-smart agriculture /adaptation across the Himalayas in the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Program. Prior to that she worked in an urban megacity projects for the University of Freiburg (Sustainable Megacities, Hyderabad, BMBF) on food security, sustainable lifestyle & consumption and organic food in India, for which she coordinated the work package ‘food, nutrition and health’. In her work she has a particular interest in bridging nutritional and agricultural sciences with the help of social science approaches and tools such as gender-integration and in connecting ground realities of local communities to theory.


PhD Human Geography, Doctoral Degree, at the Institute of Geography, Georg-August-University Göttingen on "Changes and risks in the megaurban food system of Hyderabad/India: a Bourdieuan approach to lower middle classes`vulnerable food sovereignty" MA Global Studies – Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Albert-Ludgwis-University, Freiburg, Germany and University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban, South Africa BA European Studies – Social Sciences, Social Geography, Media, English, Spanish at the University Osnabrück


Center for Development Research (ZEF) Walter-Flex-Str. 3 D - 53113 Bonn, Germany Phone: +49 228 73 4031 Fax: +49 228 731889 E-mail: snischal@uni-bonn.de Web: www.zef.de


Nischalke, S.M. and S. Bisht.  2017.  Stranded between 'Good Floods' and 'Bad Floods': Lawpani Village, Assam, India.  In: Tor H. Aase (eds.): Climate Change and the Future of Himalayan Farming. Oxford University Press.  
Nischalke, S.M., M. Abebe, B.A. Wondimagegnhu, S.K. Kriesemer and T. Beuchelt.  2017.  Forgotten forests? Food potential of ancient coffee forests and agroforestry systems in south-western Ethiopian mountains, seen through a gender lens.  Mountain Research and Development, 37 (3)   : 254-262   .
Sarah Nischalke and Suman Bisht.  2017.  Challenges to women as food and risk managers in the context of floods: A case study from Tinsukia, Assam.  In: Sanjoy Hazarika and Reshmi Banerjee (eds.): Gender, Poverty and Livelihood in the Eastern Himalayas. Routledge India.   67-84. 


Sarah Nischalke.  2016.  Women drive alternative economies in the Himalayas. 


Sarah Nischalke.  2015.  We are where we eat - The analysis of the social and spatial dimension of urban food systems with the help of inequality research (MUFN, FAO). 


Kurvits, T.; Kaltenborn, B.; Nischalke, S.; Karky, B.; Jurek, M. and T. Aase.  2014.  The last straw – Food security in the Himalaya and the additional burden of climate change (UNEP).  UNEP Publication, GRID-Arendal
Sarah Nischalke.  2014.  Adaptation Options to Improve Food Security in a Changing Climate in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region.  In: Walter Leal (eds.): Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Springer.  


Sarah Nischalke.  2013.  Risks and changes in the megaurban food system of Hyderabad/India – A Bourdieuan approach to lower middle classes’ vulnerable food sovereignty.  Goltze Universitätsverlag. Göttingen.


Sarah Nischalke.  2011.  In-depth analysis of changes in Hyderabad’s food system and food culture - Consumption patterns, food supply chains and impacts on sustainability and climate change. 


Sarah Nischalke.  2010.  Urban life between Crises and Plenty – Food Security Vulnerability among Hyderabad’s Lower Middle Classes in Context of Global Change. 


Nischalke, S.; Surepally, S. and C. Dittrich.  2009.  The challenge of organizing Hyderabad’s food system in context of global change – An analysis on relevant stakeholders, networks and power relations. 

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Sarah Nischalke

Associated Researcher

Ecology and Natural Resources Management


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