Jule Beck

I am a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of Decision sciences at the University of Konstanz. Previously, I completed the two-year MA program Politics and Public Administration with a specialization in 'International Relations and European Integration' and 'Methods of Politics and Public Administration' at the University of Konstanz.

My research explores the intersections between food and nutrition security, sustainable development, and global health.
With a geographic focus on sub-Saharan Africa, my approach draws on diverse disciplinary perspectives to enrich the exploration of this critical issue. In particular, I focus on historical large-scale government policies, revealing their central role as systemic drivers that shape livelihood strategies and potentially perpetuate food insecurity. In addition, in the face of increasing exposure to shocks and stressors, I work on the linkages between food and nutrition security and mental health, as well as on the sources of resilience and capacity of individuals and households to manage these risks without compromising their future well-being.


SoSe 23: Gender & Development (Vertiefungsseminar/Advanced BA Seminar) – with Anke Köbach & Abena Yalley

WS 22/23: Ernährungssicherheit und nachhaltige Entwicklung (Vertiefungsseminar/Advanced BA Seminar)

SoSe 22: Gender & Development (Vertiefungsseminar/Advanced BA Seminar)

WS 21/22: Hunger, Ernährungssicherheit und Entwicklung (Proseminar)

SoSe 21: Gender & Development (Vertiefungsseminar/Advanced BA Seminar)

WS 20/21: Bedrohungen und Chancen für Ernährungssicherheit und nachhaltige Lebensgrundlagen (Vertiefungsseminar/Advanced BA Seminar)

SoSe 20: BA-Seminar: “Rural Development: Opportunities and Challenges”

WS 19/20:BA-Vertiefungsseminar „Ernährungssicherheit, Armut und Konflikt“



Beck, J. (2019). The Health Resource Curse – Why children in resource abundant regions are left behind: A subnational analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa (Master Thesis). Universität Konstanz, Konstanz.

Wegenast, Tim and Jule Beck. 2020. Mining, Rural Livelihoods and Food Security: A Disaggregated Analysis of Sub- Saharan Africa. World Development 130: 104921.



Presentation at the 8th annual Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Research conference:
Parallel thematic session C: Nutrition in crises and protracted humanitarian contexts

Food Insecurity Deteriorates Mental Health During The Covid-19 Pandemic In Africa: Causal Evidence From An Instrumental Variable Analysis

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/CGaN2wgBS5s