IMG_0820Dr. M. Jahi Chappell is Associate Professor of 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.

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3 thoughts

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  2. oh what a day! Such happy findings! It sounds all so interesting and existing! I did a research a gizillion years ago (field data collected in 2004) in an amazon village in Bolivia, how i would have loved to find something like your lab when i was developing my methodology. My subject was conservation and sustainable livelihoods in this particular village and it aimed to assess the relationship of each family with the forest and to create an index to reflect how good or how bad this relationship was towards biodiversity conservation.. Nobody in my uni understood what i was doing, my dad who was a statistics professor, and a friend, a Mathematician and Calculus Professor were the only light i had to guide me.. it turned out great but since then i haven’t been in touch with anything much to do with the subject.. I’ll be following you eagerly! Oh the joy 🙂

    1. latinamericanwomenwearearrings — glad to have you as a reader!!!!!! Such enthusiasm always makes what can seem like a lonely, uphill endeavor into more of being part of a larger community! As you may know from the blog, I’m now in an NGO and no longer running the AUE Lab, but I did enjoy being able to provide a “home” for students like you–and students like I was, when I was a student and had the luck to find John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto’s group. The one thing John said to me that almost convinced me to stay in academia was “But who will mentor the students like you?”

      Fortunately, there are many people doing great work out there, more and more truly interdiscilpinarily, but I know that too many also find themselves in the position you were in! Hope your current situation finds you well and satisfied!


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