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Personal profile


M. Jahi Chappell has worked across several disciplines and sectors in his career. After an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a stint as a formulator for a consumer products company, he returned to graduate school and completed a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He was subsequently a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, followed by three years as an assistant professor of environmental science and justice at Washington State University Vancouver. From 2012-2013, he additionally served as the Associate Director of the WSU Vancouver’s Center for Social and Environmental Research. In 2013, he left WSU to serve as Director of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy and then Senior Staff Scientist at an NGO, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. During his time there, he spearheaded an open letter to the Secretary-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that helped to solidify the FAO’s commitment to agroecology. He has consulted for the La Vía Campesina, the FAO, and the World Future Council. His first book, Beginning to end hunger: Food and the environment in Brazil and beyond, will be published in 2017 by the University of California Press.

Area of Expertise:

Agroecology, conservation biology, political ecology, food security, transdisciplinarity

Research Interests

Ways, places and opportunities for food sovereignty to be institutionalised; Defining and designing policies from the local to international scale to support food security, sustainability, and biodiversity conservation

Vision Statement

My research blends social and natural sciences under the rubric of political agroecology in order to create a unique understanding of the stakes and opportunities within contemporary food systems. The underlying purpose of my work is to support the construction of participatory, socially just, ecologically sustainable agrifood systems that serve and support all members of society. I am particularly interested in the ways institutions can be constructed at all levels and scales to support a “new three-legged stool” of agroecology, food sovereignty, and food justice—or more generally: ecology, democracy, and justice.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Michigan

External positions

Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University

2013 → …

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food security Earth & Environmental Sciences
food Social Sciences
biodiversity Earth & Environmental Sciences
Brazil Social Sciences
farm Earth & Environmental Sciences
organic production Agriculture & Biology
farms Agriculture & Biology
agroecology Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

Joshua Sbicca. Food justice now! Deepening the roots of social struggle

Shattuck, A. & Chappell, M. J., 15 Apr 2019, In : Agriculture and Human Values. (In-press), p. (In-press) 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

social justice

Agroecology as a Pathway towards Sustainable Food Systems

Chappell, M. J., Bernhart, A., Bachmann, L., Gonçalves, A. L., Seck, S., Nandul, P. & Cristo dos Santos, A., Oct 2018, MISEREOR IHR Hilfswerk. 64 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
studies (academic)
rural development
10 Citations (Scopus)
workers' party
security policy
4 Citations (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
organic farming
employment opportunities
community development
organic production
4 Citations (Scopus)
62 Downloads (Pure)

Exploring the concept of agroecological food systems in a city-region context

Vaarst, M., Getz Escudero, A., Chappell, M. J., Brinkley, C., Nijbroek, R., Arraes, N. A. M., Andreasen, L., Gattinger, A., Fonseca de Almeida, G., Bossio, D. & Halberg, N., 28 Mar 2018, In : Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 42, 6, p. 686-711 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
rural planning
food distribution programs

Activities 2004 2019

  • 61 Participation in conference
  • 8 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

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

Author meets critics: Handbook of Critical Physical Geography

Michael Jahi Chappell (Speaker)
14 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Author meets critics: M. Jahi Chappell’s Beginning to End Hunger

Michael Jahi Chappell (Speaker)
13 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Gerald L. Young Book Award in Human Ecology

Michael Jahi Chappell (Recipient), 9 Jul 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

social ecology

Press / Media

Beginning to End Hunger on Real Food Reads

Michael Jahi Chappell


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities