IMG_0820Welcome 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.

At CAWR, I co-lead the theme “Enabling policies and institutions for resilient food and water systems” with Priscilla Claeys and 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 worked and published in landscape ecology as well.

In short, my approach and interests could be classified as political agroecology. In terms of my training, I have aa Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and a Bachelor’s of Science (Engineering) in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. I completed postdoctoral work at Cornell University in the Department of Science & Technology Studies.

I am currently open to accepting 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.

A brochure on CAWR is here; and information on our PhD and MSc programs is here.

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.


3 Responses to About

  1. Sam Marquit says:


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    I look forward to hearing back from you; hopefully we can work together on spreading the word on important topics like this as they relate to environmental awareness!

    I look forward to hearing from you,


  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 🙂

    • AgroEcoDoc says:

      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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