Research Spotlight

Jessica Cook is currently in Delhi, India interviewing urban farmers on the floodplain of the Yamuna River in the heart of the megacity.  She is interested in how farmers make livelihood decisions in the face of urban development pressures.  Many farmers gain access to resources and knowledge through the people they know and come into contact with on a regular basis.  Thus, over the next few months, she will be summarizing how social networks provide insight into how farmers make decisions in the pursuit of a sustainable livelihood.  Contact her at if you want to know more about her research.

On April 18, 2014, Steve Fisher defended his thesis, “A case study of urban agriculture:  A life cycle assessment of vegetable production.”  He plans to graduate August 2014 and continue contributing to the Food Systems Research Group. He is searching for post-doctorate work in either life cycle assessment or further urban agriculture research.  He has identified two research needs: 1) to enlist many growers in a long term study of their resource use and inputs related to their harvest and 2) conduct a survey of urban growers to characterize their demographic, motives, financial details, and factors of success/failure.  Contact him at if you want to know more about his research.


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