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About Christopher M. Bacon

As an environmental social scientist, I am interested in deepening and diversifying a dialogue about interdependent society-nature relationships. This work is informed by formal training in environmental studies, the wisdom of practical teachers, insight from marginal communities, student curiosity, and concepts from geography, economics, sociology and agroecology.
Several ongoing collaborations with colleagues contribute to an evolving participatory action research agenda that addresses issues of agricultural and environmental governance, sustainability, and social equity. Much of my research compares alternative and conventional food systems, using coffee as an extended case study. A trio of evaluative concepts, including livelihood vulnerabilities (especially hunger and food insecurity), agro-biodiversity conservation and gendered empowerment are useful for interpreting the field research results. These outcomes connect to global food regulation through recent work studying value chain governance, certifications, and the standards setting processes. Future research projects will address environmental and food justice in California.

Positions

2016 - Present Associate Professor, Santa Clara University Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences
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2010 - 2016 Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences
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2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Departments of Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Curriculum Vitae



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Education

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2008 - 2010 S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley
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2005 Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
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1995 B.A. in Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara
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1995 B.A. in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Contact Information

Office: Varsi Hall 218
Phone: (408) 551-3082
Email: cbacon@scu.edu

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