Leitheiser, Stephen

Leitheiser, Stephen

Research Fellow

Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Research Interest

My research aims to contribute to a theory of the commons as an alternative form of governance by analyzing practices and processes of commoning in urban food initiatives.  I am particularly interested in investigating bottom-up innovations striving to create more sustainable urban spaces, and more just supply chains and markets into which everyday urban life is embedded.  I am inspired by the balance found in "pragmatic idealism" and "utopian realism", and have a personal passion for ‘real' food production, preparation and consumption.


 I recently completed my MSc at the University of Cologne in Germany where I focused on political ecology, geography and environmental law.  I grew up in Wisconsin (known as “America’s Dairyland”) and feel lucky to have spent significant time traveling, working and experiencing landscapes and cultures in New Zealand, India and several countries across Europe in the past years.