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Geology and geography
Dr. Joshua Lohnes is a widely trained human geographer, well versed in development theories, political ecology and food studies. He is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University, advancing issues related to the governance of agrifood systems with a focus on the political economy of agricultural aid programs. nutrition. His doctoral thesis
a Food Bank Fix: Hunger, Capitalism and Humanitarian Reason
(2019) drew on a multi-site institutional ethnography of emergency food networks in West Virginia to uncover the relationships between the state, private companies, and the nonprofit sector that keep food lines alive. place and connected through space. He builds on this work to continue to study the moral, political and eeconomic location of the expansion of humanitarian food networks around the world and how these might fit into broader debates about sustainable food futures and human rights.
Josh leads the work of the Food Justice Lab at the Center for Resilient Communities and provides support for the Food System Development and Community Economies Labs. He is actively engaged with local, national and international coalitions that seek to advance the right to food through the principles of food sovereignty and food justice. He is passionate about popular education in the Freirian tradition of critical pedagogy and committed to participatory action research that advances more just and sustainable economic systems.
Dr. Lohnes is interested in collaborating with researchers in the fields of human rights, food systems, cooperative development and law. Engaging with faculty interested in developing and advancing popular education programs around food system issues interests him.
He is currently engaged in a number of community initiatives including WV Agrarian Commons, WV Food for All, Voices of Hunger WV, National Right to Food Community of Practice, The Global Solidarity Alliance for Food, and Health and Social Justice. Dr. Lohnes wants to engage in opportunities that align with advancing the right to food and food sovereignty in West Virginia and beyond.
BA, San Diego State University
MA, West Virginia University
Ph.D., West Virginia University