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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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Research Output 2008 2019

Performing Public Scholarship in the Professional Academy: Internalized, Inter-personal, Institutional Mediums of Discipline and Possibility

Anderson, C., 12 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, (In-press), p. (In-press).

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

public interest

Strengthening FAO’s Commitment to Agroecology

Bruil, J., Anderson, C., Bernhart, A. & Pimbert, M., 8 Feb 2019, Coventry University. 36 p. (Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
civil society
4 Citations (Scopus)
15 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
food sovereignty
3 Citations (Scopus)
19 Downloads (Pure)

People, power, change: three pillars of a food sovereignty research praxis

Levkoe, C., Brem-Wilson, J. & Anderson, C., 26 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Peasant Studies. 45, 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
research project

The battle for the future of farming: what you need to know

Pimbert, M. & Anderson, C., 21 Nov 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


Activities 2007 2019

  • 21 Participation in conference
  • 2 Oral presentation

Mapping for food system transformation

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

Activity: Talk or presentationOral 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

Royal Geography Society International Conference

Colin Anderson (Speaker)
3 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Association of Geographers

Colin Anderson (Speaker)
21 Apr 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