Do your Masters Thesis using Net-Map and travel to India

One of the participants of our Net-Map Summer School in Vicenza, Martina Padmanabhan, offers the following position for a Master’s Thesis at the University of Hannover, Germany:

The Rice Seed-system in Wayanad, India – An empirical social-ecological study

The research group BioDIVA is offering a master-thesis to describe the current status of the rice-seed system in the district of Wayanad. Known as a rice cultivation area, paddy fields are currently replaced by banana plantations. With the declining number of paddy farmers, customary seed exchange systems among tribal communities are changing. The advertised master thesis seeks to document the change in the seed system, which encompasses the handling of the actual seed as well as the management of accompanying knowledge on the quality and requirements of different varieties. The student shall apply the innovative net-map method to research the existing informal and formal seed-systems and the linkages between them.


  • Literature review on seed-systems
  • Document the formal seed distribution system
  • Apply net-map methodology to rice farming households
  • Describe the organisation of seed and information management in three tribal communities in Wayanad, Kerala, India
  • Write thesis in English


  • 3 months empirical field research in India (October-December 2011)
  • Well-established Indo-German team
  • Travel and allowances included

Please contact Dr. habil Martina Padmanabhan or Anne Werpup immediately!

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