Annapia Debarry

Research Associate

PhD student

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Annapia Debarry

RG Müller-Mahn


Geozentrum - Meckenheimer Allee 176

53115 Bonn

Consultation hours

By arrangement

Research Areas

  • Gender and Feminist Geographies
  • (Feminist) Political Ecology
  • Qualitative Methodology, Ethnography
  • Regional focus: East Africa, especially Ethiopia

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2019: Research Associate and PhD Candidate at AG Müller-Mahn, Department of Geography, University of Bonn (GIUB)

2019: Scholarship holder DAAD, research stay in Ethiopia

2017-2018: Research fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), NutriHAF-Africa

2015 - 2017: Research Assistant at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) and NutriHAF-Africa

2013 - 2016: MSc studies in Geography, focus on Geographic Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany

2009 - 2012: BA studies in cultural geography, sociology and journalism, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany


Conceptually grounded in feminist political ecology and emotional geographies, I explore lived experiences of marginalized populations in changing waterscapes in Ethiopia in the context of water-focused visions of development. In the multi-sited research, I examine embodied and emotional dimensions of food-waterscapes in urban and rural settings to draw attention to subjective experiences, feelings, and embodied practices that are often overlooked and rendered invisible. The dissertation aims to contribute to the "intimate" (Elmhirst, 2015, p. 524) approaches in feminist political ecology that have emerged in the wake of the emotional turn. In a further vein, the research is designed to contribute to a more comprehensive and critical gender discourse in Ethiopia, as well as to the implementation of equity-driven development visions.

Lectures and Workshops (selection)


Researching in and with the Global South: Approaching decolonial and feminist research practices in agricultural research and rural development. Workshop during the Tropentag Conference, September 15 - 17, 2021, online.


Gendered experiences with irrigation technology in Northern Ethiopia. Gender Summit “Agriculture through the Gender Lens: From Surviving to Thriving in a Climate Changing World”, November 23 – December 2, 2020, online.


Translation of Gender Awareness into Practice: Experiences from a Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Project in Yayu, Southwestern Ethiopia. Poster presentation, Tropentag Conference, September 17-19, 2018 Ghent, Belgium.

Gender justice through hydro dams? Feminist Perspectives on Socio-Ecological Transformation in the Blue Nile Mountains of Ethiopia. “Work in Progress” Presentation, Summer School “Gender and Space”, September 10-14, 2018, Herzberg, Switzerland.


Reducing women's workload in smallholder households and the introduction of nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Ethiopia. Annual Meeting “AK Sub-Saharan Africa”, November 24-25, 2017, Erlangen, Germany.

A case study on drivers and impacts on food sovereignty of smallholder farmers in Myanmar. Junior Researchers Conference of the German Association for Asian Studies, January 27 - 29, 2017, Rothenfels am Rhein, Germany. 


Debarry, A. 2023. ‘Working, Bending, Suffering: Embodying Irrigation Infrastructure in Rural Ethiopia’. Roadsides 9:36–43. doi: 10.26034/roadsides-202300906.

Müller-Mahn, D., Gebreyes, M., Allouche, J., Debarry, A., 2022. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Beyond “Technical Quick Fix”: The Case of Hydro-Development in the Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. Front. Water 4.


WiSe 22/23

Introduction to qualitative methods in Human Geography)

SoSe 22

Introduction to qualitative research: Participatory methods in Geography 

WiSe 21/22

Introduction to qualitative methods in human geography: methodological diversity from a gender-critical perspective 

SoSe 21

Methodological foundations of human geography 

WiSe 20/21

Introduction to the geographies of rural areas in the context of development 

Introduction to qualitative methods for development research: participatory, visual and ethnographic research 

SoSe 20

Postcolonial and gender geographies: practical perspectives (project seminar)

SoSe 18

Introduction to gender geographies in a global context 


DAAD Research Fellowship for PhD Students
DAAD-PROMOS Scholarship for Master's Thesis

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