Food Justice Lab
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WHAT IS THE FOOD JUSTICE LAB?

The Food Justice Lab at West Virginia University is an experimental space for research and action to create more equitable food systems.

RESEARCH

We conduct ongoing social science research on the root causes of food system inequalities and strategies to improve access to healthy food.

EDUCATION
We provide graduate and undergraduate training in critical geography, development studies and food justice scholarship.
POLICY
Our research supports food justice advocates who are working on local, state and federal policy change.
TOOLS
We create tools to support community organizing, planning and decision-making around improving food access.
TRAINING

We provide training in food justice organizing and planning.

ADVOCACY
We advocate for the right to food, food sovereignty, as well as social and economic justice for farmers, workers and consumers of food.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

We advise and incubate social enterprises such as food cooperatives that advance greater equity in the food system.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP

Our lab promotes youth leadership development through internships, workshops, training, and experiential learning.

2,785

Leaders Trained

1,378

Satisfied Clients

21

Awards Won

15

Consultants

Our staff and students

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DR. BRADLEY WILSON Director, Associate Professor of Geography

Bradley established the Food Justice Lab with his students in 2010.  His research, teaching and advocacy focuses on economic crises, food system inequalities, and solidarity-based responses from communities building alternative economic futures.  

JOSHUA LOHNES Research Fellow, Ph.D. Candidate, WVU Geography

Josh joined the lab in 2013 and has played a leadership role in the development of WV FOODLINK.  Josh's research explores the politics of anti-hunger organizing and the restructuring of humanitarian food networks in the United States in the 21st century.

THOMSON GROSS Research Director, GIS Analyst, M.A. WVU Geography

Thomson joined the lab in 2014 as a GIS analyst and transitioned into his new role as Director of Research in 2016.  Thomson leverages his skill in GIS to develop people-centered and accessible tools that increase access to information and promote participatory planning for healthier communities.  He currently oversees a wide portfolio of projects in collaboration with WVU Extension, West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, Community Food Initiatives, Higher Ed Policy Commission and more.

AMANDA MARPLE Research Fellow, Cooperative Development Specialist, M.A. WVU GEOGRAPHY

Amanda joined the lab in 2012 to and has led the FIRSTHAND Co-operative initiative since 2014.  Amanda's research and advocacy focuses on the development of cooperatives, particularly food co-ops on university campuses.  Amanda is the founding cooperative director of FIRSTHAND Coffee and has extensive research experience working on student food cooperatives in collaboration with the Cooperative Food Empowerment Initiative (COFED).

HEIDI GUM Community Outreach Coordinator, B.A. WVU Geography and International Studies

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TYLER CANNON RESEARCH ASSISTANT, B.A. WVU MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

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ZACHARY SUMMERFIELD GIS RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

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COLIN LOPEZ Research Assistant, B.A. WVU International Studies

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CURRENT PROJECTS

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