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About Gigi Berardi

Gigi Berardi received her BA in biology with high honors from John Muir College, University of California San Diego and her MS and PhD in Resources, Policy, and Planning from Cornell University. She holds a MA in dance (now, World Arts and Cultures) from UCLA. She taught at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, from 1994-1995, and is now professor and project director (after seven years as chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, a position she again holds) at Huxley College, Western Washington University, where she focuses on community vulnerabilities and cultural ecology. Her research and writing includes study and review of Food and Farm Systems, Native American Studies and Tribal Education, and Performing Arts.
Since coming to Western, she has continued her research and writing in both environmental studies and arts but also has extended her career-long interests to increasingly blend the two fields. In her research into historical consolidation of communities that exist beyond economic or environmental carrying capacities in remote sub-arctic areas, she integrates natural resources and cultural geography with traditional music and dance. In addition to having served as a core faculty member in the Tribal Environmental and Natural Resources Management (TENRM) program, she completed work on a special issue on Alaska natural resources and Native land claims for Journal of Land, Resources, & Environmental Law. Her work on Native dance and arts as subsistence resources has appeared in publications such as Dance Magazine and The Anchorage Daily News.
For three years, Gigi Berardi served as interim director of the Institute for Global and Community Resilience (titled, the Resilience Institute) at Huxley College and currently serves as Resilient Farms Project director, working closely with staff and community members in identifying vulnerabilities in food systems and ways forward in increasing resilience and thus, prosperity. The work is funded with a USDA/NIFA grant for extreme event-based scenario planning.
Work in review
Book-length monograph, A Cultivated Life: Finding Food Wisdom Through Experience 50,000-70,000 words.
Currently under agent review.
“Applying Resilience Thinking: County Organizing around Agricultural Water.” With Rebekah Paci-Green. In
review for Agricultural Systems.
“Food Security: Challenges with Local Foods in Washington State.” With Rebekah Paci-Green and Jason
Cornell. In review for Agriculture and Food Security.
“Resilience and Alaska Tribal Planning” in A Handbook for Native American Planning: Towards an Indigenous
Model of Tribal Reservation Planning, ed. Nicholas Zaferatos.
Work in prep
Book, The Ecology of Food, with James Allaway 80,000 words, anticipated completion date: December, 2015.
Invited article, “Governance and Food Security” for Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
Invited Book Review, Acquired Tastes: Why Families Eat the Way They Do (Brenda L. Beagan, Gwen E. Chapman, Josee Johnston, Deborah McPhail, Elaine M. Power, Helen Vallianatos, 2015). For American Review for Canadian Studies.
Invited Book Review, Food Will Win the War, The Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada's Home Front (Ian Mosby, 2015). For American Review for Canadian Studies.


Present Professor, Environmental Studies Department, Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment
Present Professor, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2012: Research Grant, Whatcom Community Foundation, Bellingham ($5,000); smaller grant awarded in 2011.
  • 2011: ADDY award (AAF-ADDY award) for "Our Farms Are at Risk" film, funded and coordinated by The Resilience Institute in conjunction with Hand Crank Films.
  • WWU's Huxley College of the Environment Awarded $140,000 USDA Grant to Research Methods to Keep Local Farms Viable. Resilience Institute (2009-2012).


  • Ecogast: Art & Science Food (ENVS 110)
  • Geography and World Affairs (ENVS 240)
  • Research and Writing (ENVS 319)
  • Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture (ENVS 410)
  • Agroecology Practicum and Studio (ENVS 411)
  • Research and Projects for Environmental Studies (ENVS 501)

Contact Information

Office: AH204
WWU Mailstop - 9085
Phone: 360-650-2106


Food and Farm Systems (21)

Native American Studies and Tribal Education (8)