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Research Interests

Agroecological innovations; Popular education; Social movements; Participatory methodologies; Environmental and social justice

Vision Statement

I use sustainable food systems as a focus for transdisciplinary and participatory research, teaching and practice. While I currently focus on food, agriculture, and social movements, more generally I am interested in collective struggles for social and environmental justice. In this regard, the work I do is based around harnessing the power of popular education, participatory methodologies, and rich deliberation to define and develop actually existing forms of just, democratic, and sustainable food systems.

In January 2018, I began a British Academy-funded research project aimed at developing the latest theory on innovation processes and drawing from bottom-up knowledge exchange processes and community economies theory to propose new ways to scale-up agroecological innovation. In many respects, the food system is a deeply unjust place, determined by increasingly fewer people with increasingly more money and power. I am interested in working with organisations who are finding new ways to challenge and undermine this power – whether through innovating new ways of sharing and owning technology, of accessing markets, or of promoting and building democratic governance.

By analysing the bottom-up processes of horizontal knowledge exchange and interactive innovation in agroecology networks, this project will present a more holistic theory of innovation that can better harness the economic, social, cultural and political processes needed to develop a just and sustainable food system.

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agroecology Agriculture & Biology
social benefit Agriculture & Biology
consciousness Agriculture & Biology
food production Agriculture & Biology
ecosystem services Agriculture & Biology
foods Agriculture & Biology
learning Agriculture & Biology
Food Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2019

Land as a Commons: examples from the UK and Italy

Maughan, C. & Ferrando, T. 1 Jan 2019 Routledge Handbook of Food as a Commons. Vivero, J. L., Ferrando, T. & De Schutter, O. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The problems, promise and pragmatism of community food growing: Introduction to Special Issue: 'Critical Foodscapes'

Maughan, C., Laycock Pedersen, R. & Pitt, H. 2 May 2018 In : Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 33, 6, p. 497-502 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
social benefit
food production
ecosystem services
Open Access
food sovereignty

‘Food from Nowhere’: Food, Fuel and the Fantastical

Maughan, C. 24 Apr 2018 In : Open Library of Humanities. 4, 1, p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
science fiction
energy production


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Chris Maughan (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively