I am elated to announce that the Ostrom Workshop has inaugurated and institutionalized the Food and Agrarian Systems Program as part of its suite of research program areas. The topics covered in food and agrarian systems have long been a prominent area of study at the Ostrom Workshop, beginning with research on the irrigation systems in Nepal, to fisheries in New England, and farmland transfer in the Midwest. Food and agrarian systems span, connect, and complement critical work at the Ostrom Workshop, from collective action and social-ecological systems to the study of the commons and environment and natural resource governance.
The FAS Program is hosting several colloquium speakers this year that span varied disciplines, including Drs. Caroline Brock on November 6 (rural sociology), Ivette Perfecto on March 25 (biology), and Monica White (sociology) as the Ostrom Memorial Lecturer (on April 11). We are also continuing work on several case studies (in Brazil, Madagascar, Indiana, New York, Sicily) associated with the Sustainable Food Systems Science initiative that was funded through the Emerging Areas of Research initiative, as well as continuing other projects that focus on farmland transfer policy, grazing systems, dairying, BIPOC-college student food security, and more.
Our aim is for the FAS Program to bring together the interdisciplinary power of Ostrom affiliates to tackle wicked food and agrarian systems questions and problems on local, regional, and global levels. If you are interested in being a part or learning more, drop me a note.
Please join us in this work!
James Farmer (email@example.com)