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Jess Gerrior

  • C&S/AUNE Workplace Gardens Fellow
  • Doctoral Fellow
  • Antioch University - New England


    I'm interested in the synergistic potential of environmental education and community-based institutional partnerships to advance social and environmental justice in food systems. To me, this means a resilient, supportive, and dynamic web of relationships in foodsheds. As an environmental scholar, food systems are a fascinating species of social-ecological systems; they are the ultimate place to study the intersection of ecology (production, consumption, waste, biodiversity, climate change), economy (agricultural policy, issues of scale, issues of food insecurity/poverty) and society (decision-making, social capital, collaborative models, action research). A central research question during the second year of my PhD program is: What theoretical and methodological frameworks can I develop to research community-scale food system learning collaborations which model and support resilience in the post-carbon era? To this end, I have developed and will be carrying out a "learning domain" plan that dives into the theories and practices of program evaluation, food justice and pedagogy, civic ecology and resilience, and mixed methods, place-based research. I welcome your questions, suggestions, and network links:

    Professional experience

    Doctoral Fellow

    Antioch New England University

    August 2015 - Present

    Sustainability Coordinator & Educator

    Franklin Pierce University

    January 2012 - May 2015(3 years)


    PhD, Environmental Studies

    Antioch University - New England

    June 2014 - Present