Miss Justa Hopma

Photograph of Miss Justa Hopma.PhD Candidate
BA Geography and International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
MPhil Migration Studies, University of Oxford


Email: jmh23@aber.ac.uk
Office: G1
Tel: +44 (0)1970 622610
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622659


My thesis focuses on food (in)security in the Middle East. It looks at relationships of dependency within the food regime and builds upon fieldwork in Egypt and Jordan. Through a study of the consumption of local and imported foods in Amman and Cairo, I aim to investigate the notions of urban food security and food sovereignty. In doing so, I aim to develop a better understanding of the meaning of food security and global food politics.


Having completed a joint honours degree (1st Class) in Geography and International Politics in 2009, I decided to stick with tradition and pursue a joint PhD in these same departments after a stopover in Oxford and Amman (Jordan). In 2013 I started teaching (seminar convenor) in the Department of International Politics and in the academic year ‘13/’14 I aim to gain teaching experience in Geography. I study the Arabic language at intermediate level and have fieldwork experience in Jordan (2009, 2010 and 2012). At present, I am a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and the recipient of a ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds’ fellowship (Netherlands). 

Research Interests

  • Food security/sovereignty

  • Agriculture and food production
  • Geography of the Middle East

Group affiliation:

  • Environment and Society Research Group 




  1. ‘Planning in the Wind: Failed Jordanian agricultural investments in Sudan’, Special Issue on understanding the “land grabbers”, Globalizations, (forthcoming)

  2. ‘Book review: Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring’ by Rami Zurayk, Journal of Peasant Studies, (forthcoming, 2013).


  1. ‘Jordanian Investments in Agriculture Abroad and at Home: the quest for secure access to food’, paper presented at Global Landgrabbing II conference, Cornell University, 17-19 October 2012

  2. ‘Jordanian food security and agricultural investments overseas’, Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) working paper series, 2012


  1. ‘Conflict and Conservation in the Bedouin communities of the Wadi Arabah, Jordan’, paper presented at the annual meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), Washington D.C., December 1-4 2011