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Civita, Nicole Marie Instructor


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research overview

  • Nicole Civita engages in interdisciplinary, solutions-oriented interrogation of the practices, policies, preferences, and values that shape our food system from ecosystem through farm to community. Civita's approach to the study of food is grounded in systems thinking and environmental stewardship and framed by comprehensive policy knowledge. Her scholarship and advocacy aim to (i) identify the values and explore the ethical dilemmas associated with the global food system; (ii) foreground issues of race, gender, identity, and inequality, surfacing structural drivers of problematic food-related practices and environments; (iii) articulate the features of ecologically, economically, and socially regenerative and resilient food systems; and (iv) enable nourishing, informed, and values-aligned food choices. The work skews toward the practical and applied -- often completed in collaboration with non-academic external partners -- rather than the theoretical.


  • resilient agri-eco-social food systems, food policy, food law, food regulation, food waste, food conservation, food ethics, labor justice, food justice, food labeling, urban agriculture, food systems planning, community-based food systems


courses taught

  • ENVM 6100 - Special Topics for Master of the Environment Program
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand.
  • ENVS 6304 - Introduction to Food Systems Internationally
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces students to contemporary food system challenges a the global scale, the course will first identify key historic and projected trends, to set the scene for the remainder of this specialization. Second it will draw on international case studies to explore some of the institutional, technological and market responses to food system challenges across the globe.

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)