Raj Patel

is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. His research on political ecology and food systems has been widely translated and taught, particularly his book “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System” (2008). He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and the European Union, has conducted research across different scales of policy, from global hunger to the needs of low income communities in Austin, Texas. He has scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics and public health journals, writes for a range of newspapers, and is committed to democratizing political ecological debate. He is currently completing a documentary project on the global food system. He has a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University.