Patrick Baur

Alum, PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD, Environmental Science, Policy and Management
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies
Advisor(s)Alastair Iles
Degrees BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy :: Harvard University (2007)

Research Areas

Agriculture and food systems; food justice/sovereignty/security; history and politics of technological change; science and democracy; normative frameworks for socio-environmental governance (e.g. sustainability, efficiency)

My research explores the history and politics of technological development and knowledge production in agriculture and food systems, with an eye toward democratizing these processes. Currently, I am developing a project to analyze emerging tensions between three distinct "progressive" trajectories in US agriculture -- local food, sustainable agriculture, and food safety -- through case studies of fresh produce supply chains. I also work on the history of soil fertility science and the development of the fertilizer industry.

last updated: March 20th, 2018