Jahi Chappell: Theory and Evidence on the Importance of Localness

Department of City and Regional Planning Professional Planning Colloquium

Jahi Chappell holds a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology and a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and has conducted postdoctoral research at Cornell. He is the current chair of the agroecology section of the Ecological Society of America. In his path to IATP, Chappell has been a body wash formulation engineer, an agroecologist, a science and technology studies postdoc, and an assistant professor of environmental science and justice. He has worked with and consulted for groups such as Via Campesina, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the urban agriculture nonprofits Growing Hope and Growing Gardens. In academia, his research in political agroecology combined conservation biology, political economy and ecology, science and technology studies, sociology, and ecological economics to create a unique understanding of the stakes and opportunities within contemporary food systems. He is a leading scholar of the food security policies of the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which served as a basis for Brazil’s acclaimed national Zero Hunger programs. Chalppell's local and global experiences has helped him learn how to listen to and work with a wide diversity of groups. The underlying purpose of his work has been and continues to be the construction of a participatory, socially just, and ecologically sustainable food system that serves and supports both farmers and citizens in general.

There will a question and answer session in West Sibley Hall, room 208 from 2 p.m.–3 p.m.