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.
ENVS 6304 - Introduction to Food Systems Internationally
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.
global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)