Michael John Thompson

Michael John Thompson

Graduate Student

School of Forest Science and Resource Management, TU Munich, Germany; Dept. of Socio-Economic Sciences, Research Inst. of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland

I am pursuing a MSc in Sustainable Resource Management at TU Munich (TUM) and a Certificate of Environmental Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). I focus on agricultural and forestry land-use systems with special attention to socioecological factors. Alongside my studies, I work as a laboratory assistant at the German state research center for agriculture (LfL).

In 2011, I completed a BSc in mathematics and moved to Egypt, where I came into contact with community gardening. My collaborating persuaded me to view agriculture as a tool to identify common space between individuals and across cultural landscapes. In 2012, I began a vocational farming program at a 'living-community' in Germany. I finished my apprenticeship in 2015, specializing in dairy, cattle breeding, cereals and potato production.

Both my research and personal endeavors are motivated by the potential I see in agriculture to bring people together. I believe this same potential can help us to rediscover our shared destiny with the natural environment. My long-term aim is to facilitate integrations of social and ecological components into smallholder farming systems.

December 2016