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Research Interests

Participatory action research ; Agroecology and food sovereignty ; Deliberative democratic processes ; Sustainable agriculture and livelihoods ; The political ecology of natural resource and biodiversity management


Professor Michel Pimbert 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 also done research for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), The World Conservation Union (IUCN). Professor Pimbert has been a Board member of several international organisations working on food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, environment, and human rights. He has worked in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and West Africa.

His research interests include: enabling policies and practices for agroecology and food sovereignty; the governance and adaptive management of biodiversity and natural resources; participatory action research methodologies; and deliberative democratic processes. Over the last 30 years he has published extensively in these areas, linking theory and practice to inform policy making on food, agriculture, environment, and human well being. He was recently nominated as member of the High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Vision Statement

Establishing inclusive governance of food systems — where farmers and other citizens play a central role in designing and implementing food and agricultural policies — is not just a matter of equity or social justice. Evidence shows that it can also lead to more sustainable livelihoods and environments. And yet, across the world, food system governance is marked by exclusionary processes that favour the values and interests of more powerful corporations, investors, big farmers and large research institutes. How can we tip the balance and amplify the voice and influence of marginalised citizens in setting the food and agricultural policies that affect them? This question has inspired my research and also indicates what I hope to achieve.

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Research Output 2014 2019

Agroecology and food sovereignty: charting a way to a radical transformation of the food system

Pimbert, M., 29 Nov 2019, Politics of Food. Burrows, D. & Cezar, A. (eds.). 1st ed. London: Sternberg Press , p. 86-97 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Aprendizaje agroecológico transformador en Europa: Creación de conciencia, habilidades y capacidad colectiva para la soberanía alimentaria

Anderson, C., Maughan, C. & Pimbert, M., Oct 2019, Revista Agroecológica de Divulgación, 37, p. 54-55 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


Food Sovereignty

Pimbert, M., 2019, Encyclopaedia of Food Security and Sustainability. Ferranti, P., Berry, E. & Jock, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Elsevier, Vol. 3. p. 181-189 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

ecological economics
food sovereignty
1 Citation (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

From Transition to Domains of Transformation: Getting to Sustainable and Just Food Systems through Agroecology

Anderson, C., Bruil, J., Chappell, M. J., Kiss, C. & Pimbert, M., 25 Sep 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 19, 28 p., 5272.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sustainable development
social justice
1 Citation (Scopus)
adult education

Activities 1989 2019

  • 15 Participation in conference
  • 1 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

Global Alliance for the Future of Food’s International Dialogue

Michel Pimbert (Keynote Speaker)
18 May 201519 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Conference on Food Security and Nutrition

Michel Pimbert (Keynote Speaker)
16 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Forum on Agroecology

Michel Pimbert (Keynote Speaker)
24 Feb 201527 Feb 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Oxford Real Farming Conference

Michel Pimbert (Keynote Speaker)
6 Jan 20147 Jan 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference