Noémie Maughan

Bioengineer — Researcher

Prof. Marjolein Visser's research group at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

Tel: +32 (0)2 650 60 79


Profile & curriculum

MSc in Agricultural Sciences, Tropical Systems Management (2003-2008)

Interuniversity Certificate in Agroecology and Transition to Sustainable Food Systems (2013)

Research interests

  • Urban agriculture and its socio-ecological transformative power

  • Participatory Action Research

  •  Small scale (peri-)urban market gardening, models and viability

  • Agroecological innovations and the evolution of alternative agricultural production systems

Current research projects

I am involved in two participatory action research projects : SPINCOOP and ULTRA-TREE (2015-2018)


These projects are funded by the Brussels Capital Region – through the Brussels Research and Innovation Agency – as part of a specific program that aims at fostering sustainable food systems in the Brussels Region.

Our research team includes not only academic researchers but also counsellors and (peri-)urban market gardeners. Together, we aim at co-creating knowledge and innovations that explore the viability of Brussels based market gardening projects – Cycle Farm; l’Espace-Test Agricole de Graines de Paysans, le Champ-à-mailles de la Maison Verte et Bleue - for urban agriculture in Brussels.


Exploring with urban market gardeners the practices they design on the many different paths towards agroecology is how we contribute to strengthening the socio-ecological transformative power of (peri-)urban market gardening.  

On a more practical level, we co-create adapted tools specifically in relation to the autonomous assessment of soil quality and health, energy autonomy and workload optimization. Together with Prof. Marjolein Visser, we coach MSc students on these topics.

Five key publications

- Maughan N., Pipart N., Van Dyck B., Visser M., (in process). (Re)defining viability through agroecological practices : The case of urban market gardeners in Brussels. In 8th AESOP conference on Sustainable Food Planning, titled “Re-imagining sustainable food planning, building resourcefulness: food movements, insurgent planning and heterodox economics” (November 2017),Coventry, UK.

- Van Dyck B., Maughan N., Vankeerberghen A., Visser M., 2017. Why we need urban agroecology. In : Urban Agriculture Magazine no 33 - Urban Agroecology, p.5-6 (2017) see

- Baltazar S, Lambert M, Lewuillon M, Louah L, Maughan N, Richelle L, Rosenfeld N, Van Dyck B, Vankeerberghen A, Visser M, 2017. Can we avoid extractivism while doing research in agroecology? A critical view on co-optation and institutionalisation of agroecology. Conference Paper Agroecology Europe Forum, Nov. 2017, Lyon, France.

- Plateau L, Maughan N, Hermesse J, Pipart N, Visser M, Maréchal K, 2017. La durabilité du maraîchage urbain à l’épreuve de l’installation professionnelle : Illustrations de trajectoires bruxelloises. In XXXIIIèmes Journées du développement de l'Association Tiers Monde. Colloque AGRUDEV (Agricultures, ruralités et développement). Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

- Visser M, Maughan N, Ouled Belgacem A, Neffati M, 2011. Stakeholder views on restoring depleted cereal fallows in arid Tunisia: Societal barriers and possible crevices. Journal of Arid Environments 75(11): 1191-1200.

All publications are available upon request or through ResearchGate

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