MA in Global Studies
Graduate School of Global Studies
Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity after oil in terms of volume and value. It is a vital crop for around 125 million people depending on coffee for their livelihoods, as well as millions of consumers worldwide for who the delight of a freshly brewed cup of coffee has become a daily routine. Nevertheless, the eminent threat of climate change will challenge the current global coffee sector with profound environmental, social and economic transformations for all the actors involved. By 2050, only half of the current areas will still be suitable for coffee production, foreseeably leading to massive global migration.
In my thesis, I want to emphasize that substantial investments in mitigation and adaptation strategies will be paramount to support a sector so sensitive to climatic changes. I further argue that sustainability could be the key concept in guaranteeing a healthy future for the coffee industry by fostering fairly traded, organic and shade-grown coffee. Moreover, I want to analyze the current global coffee market and the role of statecraft in maintaining a profitable business exclusively for a handful of international roasters, retailers and traders. I hope to find solutions that help supporting local small-farmers as well as rural workers by eliminating the various inequalities that still prevail to date.
Research Interest: Climate change, Coffee, Conscious Consumption, Education, Environmental and Food Policy, Globalization, Land use,
Social Justice, Supply Chains, Sustainability.
Pit Geimer is a MA student in Global Studies at Sophia University from Luxembourg. BA in Education at the ‘Haute École Bruxelles-Brabant’ Defré, Belgium. Specialized in primary school’s education. For the last 9 years he worked as a teacher in Luxembourg, before deciding to take a new path in his professional career. In 2017, with the help of the Monbukagakusho Scholarship, offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, he decided to pursue a Masters’ Degree in Global Studies at Sophia University. Currently preparing his MA dissertation about the indispensability to promote ethical and sustainable criteria throughout the global coffee sector in times of climate change.