Dr. M. Jahi Chappell is the Senior Research Fellow in Agroecology and Agricultural Policy at Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR). He has previously worked as Senior Staff Scientist at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and before that, was Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Justice and Associate Director of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University Vancouver.
At CAWR, Chappell co-leads the theme “Enabling policies and institutions for resilient food and water systems” with Priscilla Claeys and Centre Executive Director Michel Pimbert. His specific areas of focus are socioecological dynamics of food sovereignty, agroecology, conservation biology, food justice, and food security policy. Chappell has published over 20 scientific articles and book chapters, in journals ranging from Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems to Conservation Letters and Nature Climate Change.
Chappell’s approach and interests fall under what has been called political agroecology. His academic qualifications include a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, with subsequent postdoctoral work at Cornell University in the Department of Science & Technology Studies.
Dr. Chappell does not currently have any standing openings for graduate students, but he is happy to consider motivated applicants with a dedication to transdisciplinary approaches who may be able to provide their own funding. Interested potential students can also peruse the other research interests and staff at CAWR here, and current and previous graduate students here. See also this brochure on CAWR; information on our PhD and MSc programs can be found here.
Any and all views expressed on these pages are those of M. Jahi Chappell, or ones he finds interesting, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Coventry University or CAWR.