The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
During her fellowship year, Julia Spanier focuses on the role of community empowerment in the struggle for food security. Therefore, she seeks ways to strengthen the voice of local actors and peasants in agricultural and environmental politics. She studied Geography and Political Science at the Universities of Heidelberg and Galway. She holds a master’s degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford. She gained professional experience in the environmental division of the German Development Ministry, at an organic farm in Spain and at the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Her main interests are human-nature-relations, alternative economies, local participation and critical development studies.