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Associate Research Professor of Agroecology, University of Vermont

My work focuses on community- and people- led processes of transformation for resilience, social justice and well-being. I work with communities, networks and organizations who are organizing to address the multitude of social, economic and cultural problems we face today and who are reimaging and building alternatives.

I use a combination of approaches including qualitative, quantitative and especially participatory and action methods of reearch, teaching and community development. I seek to publish my research in a range of different ways including video, multi-media texts, books, academic articles, posters and research briefs. The goal is to make these materials and ideas as accessible as possible and to use these to open new conversations and collaborations.

Formally, I am trained as a geographer, however my research is transdisciplinary. I currently focus on food systems, community development, agroecology, food sovereignty, participation, social movements, global governance and knowledge mobilization and am interested in better understanding the workings of power, privilege, resilience and regeneration in these areas.

I have has also worked as the coordinator of a cooperative local food initiative, as the director of an environmental and sustainable agriculture education program, and as a permaculture designer-practitioner, and am an active contributor to a number of civil society and academic organisations.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University


  • 2014 
    University of Manitoba, PhD