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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

International Activities

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