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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.

I am always interested in new connections so please feel free to get in touch.

Research Interests

Resilience ; Transformation ; Environmental justice; Food sovereignty ; Civic food networks ; Participatory video ; Power and privilege ; Alternative economies ; Relational geographies ; Sustainability transitions ; Cooperatives and cooperation ; Participatory action research ; Public geography; Environmental education

Vision Statement

I work with communities, activists, students, researchers and other citizens to critically examine, develop and promote democratic, just and regenerative social, economic and ecological systems. My approach to research and pedagogy involves working with and for public(s) in deliberate processes of social transformation. This collaborative work simultaneously contributes to real world change (aka “Impact”) and also generates conceptual frameworks and better understandings related to processes of social transformation (aka “Research Excellence”). I currently focus on food, agriculture, diverse economies and social movements and welcome opportunities for new conversations and collaborations – please feel free to connect with me at People''s Knowledge

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    Confronting the Institutional, Interpersonal and Internalized Challenges of Performing Critical Public Scholarship

    Anderson, C., 15 Apr 2020, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 19, 1, p. 270-302 33 p.

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    Scale and the Politics of the Organic Transition in Sikkim, India

    Meek, D. & Anderson, C., 27 May 2020, In : Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 44, 5, p. 653-672 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Scaling Agroecology from the Bottom up: Six Domains of Transformation

    Anderson, C., Kiss, C., Bruil, J., Chappell, M. J. & Pimbert, M., 21 Feb 2020, Food First Backgrounders and Issue Briefs, Spring 2020, 1 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Activities

    • 21 Participation in conference
    • 2 Oral presentation

    Domains of transition between niche and regime: The globalization of agroecology as a case study

    Michael Jahi Chappell (Speaker), Colin Anderson (Speaker), Janneke Bruil (Speaker), Csilla Kiss (Speaker), Jessica Milgroom (Speaker), Michel Pimbert (Speaker)
    3 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Mapping for food system transformation

    Jessica Milgroom (Speaker), Colin Anderson (Speaker), Michael Jahi Chappell (Speaker)
    5 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    American Association of Geographers

    Colin Anderson (Speaker)
    21 Apr 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Royal Geography Society International Conference

    Colin Anderson (Speaker)
    3 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Digital Technologies for Sustainable Local Agri-Food Systems conference

    Colin Anderson (Speaker)
    4 Jun 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference