Students 2021-2023

Mónica Revuelta Albero (Spain/Swiss)

Mónica Revuelta Albero

Mónica Revuelta Albero

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Hei, my name is Mónica. I am an outdoorsy person who loves to meet passionate people who are into growing and transforming food and share their experiences.

I did my bachelor’s degree in Agro-Environmental Sciences in Montreal and finished it in Panama with a minor in International Agriculture. After finishing my studies, I took a gap year back in Switzerland to gain some work experience on farms and mountaineer. I worked part time for four months on each of the three different organic farms: a vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm which had a market and a baskets system; a field crop farm which had an artisanal mill and oil press; and a dairy farm which worked with kiwi breeds in a Management-Intensive Grazing (MIG) system and produced artisanal yogurts once a week.

All these passionate producers, that I was lucky to meet during the pandemic, inspired me to pursue my studies and direct them towards Agroecology. I believe that this alternative system is key for the transition from a hierarchical, individualist and simplified industrial food system to a complexified, holistic and resilient agriCultural one.

 

Julie Hauge Blindheim (Norway)

Julie Hauge Blindheim

Julie Hauge Blindheim

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Hello! My name is Julie and I'm from an island on the north-western coast of Norway. My academic background is interdisciplinary as I have studied global economics, politics, history, and culture through my International Studies degree. I also specialised in Latin America—a region where socio-ecological concerns such as food security are prevalent and extensive. In addition, I have studied International Development which made me more aware of the importance of field expertise and grassroots approaches in finding viable solutions to social and environmental issues. My previous studies have focused on social and political ways of problem-solving which is why I now want to further develop my understanding of the environmental and the ecological aspects. To produce sustainable, resilient, and ethical results, the approach to solve our environmental crisis must be holistic and multidisciplinary. Therefore, the degree Agroecology seems to be a perfect fit for me to enhance my academic skill set and gain the necessary expertise to work in the field of rural and agricultural development.

 

Maddalena Cirani (Italy)

Maddalena Cirani

Maddalena Cirani

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Hi, my name is Maddalena. I come from Italy but I have been living in Sweden for many years, where I worked as an engineer in the area of electromobility. After focusing on technology for so long, I felt the need to give space to my interest in environmental protection and humanitarian causes, so I undertook a Master's degree in Global Studies. Along with a deep understanding of sustainability and globalisation, I gained broader perspectives on the impact of global food systems on ecological breakdown, climate change and social inequalities worldwide. When I more recently came across Agroecology, I felt that supporting the transition towards sustainable food systems through an agroecological approach would integrate my care for nature and the most vulnerable with my interest in healthy food and sustainable lifestyles. I am therefore eager to participate in this master programme. I am looking forward to deepening my understanding of regenerative agriculture and the perspectives of different stakeholders, in addition to acquiring tools and the mindset to manage complex systems, in order to ultimately contribute to a shift towards a more thriving planet.

 

Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrøm (Norway/USA)

Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrøm

Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrøm

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My name is Giannina, I was born in Norway but grew up in Vermont, USA. I got my Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, and was drawn most to the areas of my study that focused on the social implications of food systems. I am interested in how the concepts of community, power dynamics and different types of working relationships all play into a resilient system. I’ve always been involved with farming of some sort; I grew up around lots of farm animals and vegetable gardens, worked for an educational farm, lived in a local food cooperative, and apprenticed as a community herbalist soon after graduating from UVM. Since then I’ve been a full-time bartender, which has been great fun and very illuminating, but I’m excited to get my feet and hands back into the soil! I hope to gain insights from fellow students from around the world, and to really lean into the participatory action research model. 

 

Sara Hansdotter (Sweden)

Sara Hansdotter

Sara Hansdotter

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I am Sara, 30 years old from Sweden, but living in Norway since January this year. Previously I have been studying Environmental Science and and Agroecology in Sweden but when me ad my partner decided to move to Norway I concluded that it would be a better alternative to take up the studies here at NMBU.

The interaction between plants, animals and humans have always been fascinating me. That fascination in combination with a childhood where I spent most of the time in a horse-stable, has made me feel like I really thrive in the field of environmental and agricultural studies.

My goal is to work within research or distribution of knowledge, or why not a combination of them both? This summer I have been very lucky to have been working as a research assistant at the Norwegian center for Organic farming (NORSØK), and learning a lot! The different tasks I have had made me even more interested in soil and plant science, so I am hoping to be able to take more courses within those fields during my study period here at NMBU.

 

Mathilde Hibon (France)

Mathilde Hibon

Mathilde Hibon

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Hei ! Hyggelig å møte deg ! I am glad to be a part of this promotion. My name is Mathilde, I come from the south-western part of France, near Toulouse, which is the city where I study. Thanks to this master, I am in a double-degree course, which consists in completing a Master in agriculture in “Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Purpan”, and the Master in agroecology.
I am firmly convinced that agroecology is our future when it comes to producing food and safeguarding our planet. According to me, it is the safest solution we currently have, to be able to feed everyone with efficiency, without harming even more the soil, the biodiversity, the atmosphere and all the other resources. To enhance our knowledge about the services the nature provides in order to produce food is also a necessity. Furthermore, agroecology is a wide field of science which I believe can answer the social and economic needs of our societies.
More than ever, we need to reconnect to the Earth’s needs, while respecting our owns. The challenge that is awaiting us might be solved thanks to agroecology. Moreover, the group-work approach of this master is a great opportunity to learn efficiently how to work altogether and solve various issues about agriculture and its impact.

 

Corentin Kerdodé (France)

Corentin Kerdodé

Corentin Kerdodé

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My name is Corentin and I'm originally from Brittanny, France. I studied for three years at the ESA in Angers. I followed a small specialization in substainable viticulture during my last semester.

I choose this master's degree because I'd like to contribute to make the agriculture more substainable, even if I'm not sure of the role I will play in it. However, I'd like to work in the field of market gardening or arboriculture.

 

Charan Krishna (India)

Charan Krishna

Charan Krishna

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Hello there, my name is Charan Krishna and I come from India. Being from a technical background, I was not much aware of Agroecology, however, after spending my time traveling around and volunteering in Eco Truly Park in Lima (Peru), I began to understand ecological farms, non-chemical based agriculture, and their benefits. I started researching and learning more about food security and sustainable agriculture. And, that is how I was introduced to Agroecology, Permaculture, and Traditional agricultural practices. Later, I started to know more about the irreversible damage that has happened to all kinds of life forms by chemical-based farm inputs, destruction of the agroecosystem and environment. All these have strongly motivated me to work for a better food production system.


As an Associate at National Coalition for Natural Farming, I had worked with multiple stakeholders from low-income farmers to decision-makers on promoting non-chemical-based and regenerative agriculture. During this period, I realized that there is a need for the transformation of the existing pedagogical approach towards agriculture and food production in formal and informal educational institutions. The present agricultural education, at least in India, doesn’t include farmers as an important stakeholder. The successful graduates have a limited understanding of the socio-economic challenges that farmers experience and there is a huge gap between them. The emerging educational methods on Agroecology with social inclusion, innovative, and experience-based learning is the solution that the world needs. In my perspective, the master's program offered by ISARA and NMBU is diverse and provides an excellent way to learn & deal with the challenges and issues in the agroecosystem. Through this program, I wish to enhance my perspectives and knowledge under the guidance of agroecology experts.

 

Lea Martin (France)

Lea Martin

Lea Martin

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My name is Lea, I come from a little town with a tricky name in the southwestern France: Poueyferré. I have been studying agriculture and food sciences for 3 years in the “Ecole des Ingénieurs” de Purpan in France and I also studied history and geography just after high school. I’m keen on wildlife and portrait photography.
What thrills me are the intrinsic links between human activities, agriculture and biodiversity within a territory - or how different human communities interact through different structures and activities with their environment, wild flora and fauna. I would truly like to improve territorial development strategies to foster agroecological system installations and to facilitate the access to better food systems through information and education of populations. I’m convinced that agroecology is the best answer to the issues we are facing in food production and consumption, as it brough together agricultural, ecological, social and economic aspects to give a multifunctional thinking of agroecosystems.
About my experience, last year, I have been studying the impacts of viewing tourism on the behaviour and food habits of great predators in Finland with a wildlife conservation researcher as a tutor. I really enjoyed the experimentation in the field-time and the reflection we made on what we observed. Real-life cases, practical approach and observation were the “one-thing” I needed back in my classes.
This summer, I wanted to understand how we can do both nature conservation and territorial development by enhancing agrosystems and discussing with specialists from different fields. I am very lucky I found an internship in a departmental pastoral service which depends on the French Ministry of Agriculture. We help the various local players of the mountains to meet and discuss better strategies to preserve these very specific environments while maintaining the pasture activity of the high alpine grassland and improving the daily life and working days of shepherds-cowherds, sometimes isolated for several months.
So here am I, eager to learn more about agroecology, to develop an holistic approach and improve my comprehensive skills.

 

Elisabeth Musum Mathisen (Norway)

Elisabeth Musum Mathisen

Elisabeth Musum Mathisen

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My name is Elisabeth, I love nature, people and life. I studied a bachelor degree in Environment and natural resources as I wanted to learn more about nature and its processes, cycles and complex systems. I'm concerned by the way in which our species exploit our planet's resources and the many crises we're facing because of it, but I believe there is so much we can do about it. I've been volunteering with organizations in Nepal and Sweden for two years, working hands-on with permaculture and organic gardening, and with the topics of sustainability and local resilience. Through this, my curiousity for agroecology has grown, as I feel that so many solutions lie within how we manage our agricultural land. What really inspires me with agroecology and fills me with hope, is its interdiciplinary and holistic approach on how we can adress several issues at once; helping to bind carbon into the soil, supporting biodiversity and building stronger, local communities improving food security, resilience and mitigating poverty. I believe we need to move and be in touch with each other and our surroundings, so for me it was also important to choose a path of study where I can combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills and action. 

I don't believe fear will bring us into action; so I want to bring hope, solutions and an empowering, beautiful, and realistic vision of a better world. 

 

Coraline Reynaud (France)

Coraline Reynaud

Coraline Reynaud

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My name is Coraline Reynaud and I come from Marseille, a town in the south-eastern part of France. I passed French Baccalauréat «S» and then I have studied biology, agriculture (and so on) until now. Today, I want to deepen my knowledge regarding agroecology to become a real contributor to design innovative farming practices, in cooperation with farmers, and improve methods of sustainable productions. Hence, the Agroecology MSc programme offered by NMBU corresponds exactly to my ambition. I can not wait to join this adventure; meet new students, professors and work altogether, speak another language, practise team sports, discover Norway and its culture!

 

Victoria Schou Haabegaard (Denmark)

Victoria Schou Haabegaard

Victoria Schou Haabegaard

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Hei! My name is Victoria and I am a Danish citizen, who is exploring the Nordic regions. I have studied a bachelor’s in landscape architecture at the University of Copenhagen, where I took interest in rural planning and the agricultural landscape. I believe the agricultural landscape holds potential to become climate resilient food producing landscape, that can balance between serving humanity’s need and being a strong ecological niche.

I am personally engaged in permaculture activities in Denmark and the Nordic regions, where I work to spread the message of permaculture. My goal with this degree is to get an even deeper knowledge on how we can change our farming systems to become more ecological, aesthetical, and socially dynamic landscapes. I have not yet decided how I want to work after finishing my degree, but I envision teaching and disseminating knowledge as a field of interest.

 

Roland Selinger (Austria)

Roland Selinger

Roland Selinger

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I’m Roland, an Austrian who seen many parts of the world and has heard many other people’s life stories. That can be difficult, knowing how unfair the world is at times and how little we can shape it on our own. It is a good thing I can be stubborn!

As students of agroecology, we are faced with a certain dilemma: how do we succeed in building the case for agroecology as it becomes increasingly difficult to farm? I believe that by choosing this path, we are committing to uphold soil health and therefore a key building block of humanity. 

In the past several years, Ive been working on farms to come closer to that design. Still, I haven't found the ecologically-centered approach that I have so often read about. During our programme, I’m eager to learn from what our professors and student colleagues have experienced, as well as see the principles of agroecology in action from farms across Europe.

My hope is to establish a participative learning farm (boot camp) for people new to farming, as I have been. I see this especially important for young people of all backgrounds.

 

Shelton Sibi (India)

Shelton Sibi

Shelton Sibi

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Hola, free spirits! My name is Shelton, and I hail from Kerala, known as the God's Own Country, lying on the Southwest coast of India. Five years ago, I never could have imagined that my life would pick up such giant strides and soon hit the crescendo by joining a world-class cohort of like-minded peers destined to redefine humanity's relationship with food.

 

It would be no exaggeration to say that by 2050, we would be facing a population explosion of close to 9.5 billion or more, and hence our current food supply needs an overhaul, "from farm to fork." But the challenge of pioneering a global food system that responds to climate change, biodiversity loss and population growth demands one to understand the socio-ecological balance underlying the agroecosystem. I believe this sets the European Masters in Agroecology jointly hosted by ISARA and NMBU apart from other programs, as it embraces a holistic and participation-centred learning approach to understand the principles of ecology with a unique focus on sustainable agriculture.

 

As someone with a vision of bringing healthy and nutritious food to everyone's table, I could not have landed in a better study destination than Europe. I am convinced that my time in Europe will serve to galvanize my mission to reform food production and further explore the Nordic richness at NMBU and the culinary innovations exemplified by the gastronomical capital of the world at ISARA.

 

Jonas Torp (Norway)

Jonas Torp

Jonas Torp

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Ciao all, My name is Jonas, I am 31 years old and from Oslo, Norway. During the last 17 years I have worked in the field of gastronomy. Starting out in the kitchen with washing dishes, then following the latter and continuing as a kitchen assistant, a cook and eventually a chef. Later I advanced into the service- and management section of the restaurant, working as a waiter, maître d, restaurant manager and owner of a small wine-bar.

I have been involved with Slow Food Internationally and locally, and Økologisk Norge (formerly Oikos). In terms of studies I attended culinary school, followed by a short visit to Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) before I settled down in Bra, Piedmont, Italy where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Gastronomic Sciences. Therefore a master’s degree in Agroecology is an important step towards my future. The knowledge of structure and functioning of both conventional and alternative farming and food systems is pivotal for our future. There is a growing demand of knowledge within the real organic and sustainable food system practices. I believe this education is one of the most important studies regarding the health of future farming.

I would like to use the knowledge obtained from this master to steer my career away from the restaurant industry and towards consulting, education, and food production.

 

Alice Viala (France)

Alice Viala

Alice Viala

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Hello, my name is Alice! I discovered the world of agriculture a few years ago, towards the end of my double Bachelor’s in Food Science and Nutrition. As I was studying on a campus which hosts agricultural programs, I had the chance to get to know and have conversations with a lot of students and professors in agriculture.  My interest for this field became a passion to such an extent that I decided to start a new bachelor’s degree in Ecological Agriculture. Since my studies were more theoretical than practical, I chose to get hands-on experience by working on farms. I thus spent three growing seasons on small-scale vegetable farms in France and in Québec. 

When I started my degree in agriculture, I knew that I was passionate about this field, but I did not have a clear career path in mind.  As time went by, I realised that I wanted to help developing and promoting a more durable and ecological agriculture, which respect natural resources along with having a positive social impact. I am thus very excited to start this master degree and gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in Agroecology!

Published 15. August 2021 - 9:58 - Updated 23. August 2021 - 8:31