04/05/2022 – Critical Approaches to the Food-Climate-Migration Nexus: a Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable will discuss building a transnational and interdisciplinary network on the Food-Climate-Migration nexus

In this roundtable, we discuss how today’s global human displacement has been exacerbated by proliferating food and climate crises that trace to and articulate with deeply entrenched structural inequalities. Panelists on this roundtable will share critical perspectives from their ongoing research while also addressing the possibilities for social and environmental justice. This roundtable is part of a long-term project of building a transnational and interdisciplinary network on the Food-Climate-Migration nexus.

Megan A. Carney, Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology, UAPanelists

Annie Shattuck is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Sustainable Food Systems Science Initiative at Indiana University. Her research uses political economy and science studies to study agrarian change and rural health in Southeast Asia and the United States. Her recent work looks at the changed global pesticide complex and its effects on bodies, environments, and global production networks, as well as the relationship between ecological change, agrarian livelihoods, and migration. Dr. Shattuck is a co-editor of The Journal of Peasant Studies, an international journal of rural development and politics. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-author of The Politics of Food Sovereignty: Concept, Practice and Social Movements.

Lisa Kelley is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Denver whose work integrates critical human geography and geospatial science to understand the interrelations between ongoing agrarian, climate, and mobility transformations. Lisa received a PhD in 2017 from UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management and holds a BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She serves as an affiliate faculty at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, on the advisory board of a Critical Physical Geography book series, and as a member of the Pandemic Research for the People’s Agroecologies Working Group. Current projects examine how large-scale land enclosures and climate changes inform changing agrarian labor and mobility relations in Hawaii, Indonesia, and Nicaragua, portions of which are now published in Annals of the American Association of Geographers, World Development, the Journal of Rural Studies and Ecology and Society.

Michel Pimbert is Professor of Agroecology and Food Politics at Coventry University and the Director of the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in the UK. An agricultural ecologist by training, he previously worked at the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, the University François Rabelais de Tours in France, and the World Wide Fund for Nature in Switzerland. He has been a Board member of several international organizations working on food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, and human rights. From 2013 to 2017 he was a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. His research interests include agroecology and food sovereignty; the political ecology of biodiversity and natural resource management; participatory action research methodologies; and deliberative democratic processes.

Estelí Jiménez-Soto is an Assistant Professor in the Nutrition and Food Studies Department at Syracuse University. Her work examines socio-ecological dynamics at the intersection of agriculture, food, and the environment. She is broadly interested in how the industrialization of agriculture and global environmental change impact social and ecological communities in agricultural landscapes. She is trained in agroecology and has done research around species interactions, biological pest control, labor migration, and political ecology in Latin America and the United States, where she has worked in coffee agroforestry systems and strawberry fields. She is interested in pushing disciplinary boundaries and building alliances with scholars, farmers, students, and social movements to foster a more sustainable and just food system.

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