Founding Member Profile – Raj Patel

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Name: Raj Patel
Position: Research Professor
Organisation: the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas


Brief profile:

  • Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas
  • He studies the global food system and alternatives to it.
  • Currently working on a ground-breaking documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James.
  • Co-teaching the 2014 Edible Education class at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan
  • IATP Food and Community Fellow from 2011-2013
  • Having testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee
  • Former Advisor to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • Writer of numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics and public health journals
  • Writing for The Guardian, the Financial Times, LA Times,, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer
  • His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller
  • Granted degrees by the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University
  • Having worked at the World Bank and World Trade Organization and having protested against them around the world
  • Having been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies
  • Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa
  • Fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First