C. (Cécile) Famerée

  • PhD student
  • Chinese Studies

Fields of interest

Rural development: institutional credibility, credibility of property rights, social conflict, peasants’ resistance, land grabbing.

PhD research

Land Grabbing and Credibility of Property Rights: Chinese and Peruvian Mining Companies
Supervisor: Peter Ho

Cécile Famerée (Belgian) began her PhD 3 years ago. She is registered at the Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC) of the Leiden Institute of Areas Studies. She is carrying out her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter Ho. She first studied Economics, then a Master on Governance and Development. Before beginning her PhD she worked during 7 years in the development cooperation sector. During her third year of PhD, she carried out her field research in Peru where she studied large scale investments from Peruvian and Chinese firms in the biofuel and the mining sectors. Her research project deals with issues of collective action and credibility of property rights.

The research project by Cecile Fameree is embedded within the wider research programs of the Modern East Asia Research Centre. For more information, please visit www.mearc.eu.



·   September 2010: PhD student at Leiden University – Leiden Institute of Areas Studies/ LIAS- Field research in Peru: 01/09/2010-31/03/2011 (LDPI Scholarship).
·   January 2008- August 2010: Graduate student at the University of Antwerp – Faculty of Economics/ IOB
·   September 2005: Master of Arts in Governance and Development, Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium (Grande Distinction). Development Price from the Province of Antwerp. Field research in Nicaragua (July-August 2005) for the master thesis on “Identification of local arrangements that secure peasants’ land rights in a context of legal chaos, Quilali, Nicaragua” (VLIR scholarship).
·   September 1998: Bachelor in Economics sciences, Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium

Working experience

October 2008-February 2009: Research assistant at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium
·   Research and teaching assistant within the Poverty as a Local Institutional Process Thematic Group. Teaching assistance: Theories of Development and Research Methods. 

November 2005 - November 2007: Associate Programme Officer at the United Nations Population Fund, Lima (Peru)
·   Coordination and project management of the area of Population and Development Strategies: Contributing to enhance national capacity of the National Institute of Statistics to generate, use, and analyse socio-demographic data. Technical support for regional and national authorities to integrate gender and population factors into poverty alleviation strategies and development plans.

April 1999-September 2004: various positions at Handicap International:
·   Financial and training manager at the headquarter and short field trip training missions: in China, Honduras and Colombia (February 2000- May 2001 and July 2004- September 2004)
·   Program director in Cuba: Directing a public health program, setting up and implementing a multidisciplinary rehabilitation network for disabled people and enhancing institutional infrastructures in the Province of Granma, Cuba (June 2001- January 2004)
·   Financial administrator in Albania (April 1999 – December 1999)


Peer reviewed discussion paper: Bastiaensen Johan, d’ Exelle Ben, Famerée Cécile- “Political arenas around access to land: A diagnosis of property rights practices in the Nicaraguan interior”- Discussion Paper 2006- Antwerp, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp

Last Modified: 11-12-2015