Faculty-Student Engagement Series

Interdisciplinary System and Network Perspectives in Food and Agricultural Economics

Presenter: Dr. Zo
ë Plakias

Food systems and food networks have gained increased attention among agricultural and applied economists in recent years. We have written an invited chapter for Volume 6 of the Handbook of Agricultural Economics (chapter currently in second review) that aims to provide a broad overview of the research related to food systems and food networks to guide and motivate agricultural and applied economists new to this space in conducting research on these topics. The frameworks and approaches we discuss can be applied to food systems and food networks at a variety of scales and in a variety of contexts. In this chapter, we discuss various definitions of food systems and food networks; the types of research questions one might want to answer related to food systems and food networks; and the theories, frameworks, data, and methods used to study and answer these questions, as well as examples of food system and food network research. We conclude with a discussion of the opportunities and challenges we see for agricultural and applied economists in this field moving forward. In the talk, I will summarize the chapter and highlight some of the opportunities I see for graduate students interested in working in this space.

Audience: Any interested students and faculty