Karola Schober, M.A.

Doktorandin in der Arbeitsgruppe Regionalentwicklung von Prof. Dr. Tobias Chilla

Aktuelles aus Forschung und Lehre finden Sie auf unserem Blog:

  • seit November 2016: Promotionsvorhaben „Regionale Produkte in Europa – Europäisierung durch herkunftsgeschützte Agrarprodukte und Lebensmittel?“
  • seit April 2018 gefördert durch die Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes


  • Referentin für Regionalmarketing am Bayerischen Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten
  • Studium der Kulturgeographie (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg), Masterarbeit zum Thema „Europäischer Herkunftsschutz – Fallbeispiele aus Bayern“, ausgezeichnet mit dem FGG-Preis
  • Studiengang „Management sozialer Innovationen“ (Hochschule München), Bachelorarbeit zum Thema „Verantwortung in der bayerischen Ernährungswirtschaft“

Regional Food in Europe

Rescaling Processes in the Implementation of European and National Food Labelling Systems


This political and economic geography project analyses the implementation processes of two food labelling systems in Europe. It follows predominantly politico-scientific Europeanization studies as well as various studies on regional products and food quality.

Conceptually, this study is based on the understanding that the interconnected processes of European integration and Europeanisation, including in the area of regional foods, lead to a shift of competences in the European multi-level system. These rescaling processes are examined in terms of (1) the regulations and resource distributions they address, (2) the players and motivations behind them, (3) which discourses are conducted and (4) which context they originated in or by which path dependencies they were produced.

For this purpose, two food labelling systems relevant to the European internal market are being examined: The European system for the protection of geographical indications of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs based on Regulation (EU) No. 1151/2012 and the Bavarian Quality and Food Safety Traceability system “Geprüfte Qualität – Bayern”.

The objective of this study is to better understand the political processes concerning the origin aspect of food in the multilevel system of Europe and in particular the role of space and spatial references in this process.

The investigation is methodologically based on qualitative expert interviews, documentary analyses, participatory observation and secondary statistical evaluations.