Welcome to the personal page of Dr. M. Jahi Chappell, Senior Research Fellow (equiv. to Associate Professor in the US) at Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR). I have previously been Senior Staff Scientist at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and before that, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Justice and Associate Director of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University Vancouver. I have a Bachelor’s of Science (Engineering) in Chemical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, both from the University of Michigan. I also completed postdoctoral work at Cornell University in the Department of Science & Technology Studies.
At CAWR, I am part of the theme “Enabling policies and institutions for resilient food and water systems” led by Centre Executive Director, Michel Pimbert. My specific areas of focus are socioecological dynamics of food sovereignty, agroecology, conservation biology, food justice, and food security policy. I am particularly influenced by “new institutionalist” political science theory, and have done some amount of work in landscape ecology, for the most part working with ant species as rough indicator species.
In short, my approach and interests could be classified as political agroecology.
In the coming months, I will be looking for graduate students. If you have a specific idea you are interested in that may align with my work, you can contact me. As support for projects materializes, I will be soliciting applications for more specific work areas. If you have a source of support for graduate studies at CAWR, or think you are likely able to procure support (e.g., through fellowships or the like), I certainly encourage you to get in touch. You can also look at other research interests and staff at CAWR here and current students there.
Any and all views expressed on this blog are mine, or ones I find interesting, but do not necessarily reflect the views of Coventry University or CAWR.