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What is the Food Justice Lab?

The Food Justice Lab is an experimental space for action oriented research on the roots of our present economic crisis, resulting food system inequalities, and creative people-centered responses to enact different food futures.  Our long-term research and experimental projects support people who long for cooperatively-based economies that are founded upon human dignity, respect and justice.  Over the past five years the Food Justice Lab has incubated FIRSTHAND Co-op and WV FOODLINK.  These experimental projects have mobilized faculty, community-based organizations, undergraduate and graduate students in conceptual and applied practice for creating alternative food networks.  Researchers, students and community-based organizations who are interested in collaborating with the Food Justice Lab should contact Dr. Bradley Wilson at brwilson@mail.wvu.edu. 

Bradley Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography

The Food Justice Lab was founded in 2010 by Dr. Bradley Wilson. Wilson’s research is rooted in human geography with a focus on critical food studies, political ecology and development studies. His work focuses on the moral economies of cooperative development, the meteoric rise of agri-food certifications, and the politics of transnational solidarity.  He has worked in Nicaragua for 15 years.  Since arriving to WVU in 2010 he as also developed an action research program on community food strategies in West Virginia.  His research in West Virginia has led to new thinking about how to support food justice movements in the mountain communities of Central America and Appalachia.  To learn more read Wilson’s  Curriculum Vitae.  Wilson is currently supervising and interested in working with undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. students interested in geography, food studies, international development, ethical consumption, agrarian livelihoods, solidarity economies, environmental justice and the green economy.  

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Joshua Lohnes,  Food Justice Fellow

Ph.D. Candidate, Geography

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Amanda Marple, Food Justice Fellow

M.A. Candidate, Geography

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Thomson Gross, Food Justice Fellow

M.A. Candidate, Geography

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