Cory Whitney

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Bonn


I use collaborative research and holistic analysis approaches to describe systems and model decision impact pathways. I work with diverse groups including researchers, food activists, small-scale farmers and indigenous communities to address issues of direct relevance and offer new lenses through which to view the development process. My work is related to human ecology, ethnobotany and agrobiodiversity.


  • Decision Analysis
  • Human Ecology
  • Ethnobotany


  • PhD in Agricultural Sciences, 2018

    University of Kassel

  • MSc in Sustainable International Agriculture / International Organic Agriculture, 2011

    University of Göttingen / University of Kassel

  • BA in Human Ecology, 2003

    College of the Atlantic



Senior Researcher

Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Jul 2018 – Present Bonn, Germany

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Bonn, Horticulture Institute (INRES)

Jan 2018 – Present Bonn, Germany

Guest Researcher

Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Jan 2016 – Jul 2018 Bonn, Germany

Research Fellow

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Jan 2016 – Jul 2018 Nairobi, Kenya

Scientific Staff

Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences

Apr 2013 – Jan 2016 Kleve, Germany

Recent Publications

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The role of homegardens for food and nutrition security in Uganda

An assessment of the influence of homegarden agrobiodiversity, production system parameters, and socio-economic factors on household …

Controlled burns in conifer forests.

Example of decision analysis functions in R to inform decision-making processes under uncertainty.

Modeling the benefits of fruit trees in agricultural landscapes of Kenya.

Participatory procedures for a customized structured conversational process using expert knowledge to generate a model of the possible …