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ENP welcomes two visiting scholars from from Sam Houston State University (USA): Maki Hatanaka and Jason Konefal

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February 14, 2018

ENP is pleased to welcome two visiting researchers from Sam Houston State University to the group.

Maki Hatanaka is a visiting researcher from Sam Houston State University in the United States, where she is an Associate Professor of Sociology. In general, her research focuses on the governance of food and agriculture. In particular, she is interested in possibilities for food and agricultural governance to further ethical values, such as sustainability, fairness, and justice in food and agriculture. Currently, she is engaged with two research projects: (1) the development and implementation of sustainability standards and metrics for U.S. agriculture, and (2) the investigation of expert-citizen hybrid forms of food governance that stress the co-responsibility and co-production of knowledge. In both studies, she focuses on how specific understandings of sustainability are deployed and codified, as well as what effects they have on people, community, and the environment.

She will stay with ENP group for about six months.

Jason Konefal is a visiting researcher from Sam Houston State University in the United States, where he is an associate professor.  His main research interests are in the areas of governance, sustainability, and food and agriculture.  In his current research, he is studying the development and implementation of sustainability metrics for agriculture. This includes a United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) Funded Project examining farmer adoption and diffusion of sustainability metrics and standards in the United States.  A second area of research is financialization in agriculture, and its effects on land-use and farming practices in the Southwest United States. With Maki Hatanaka, he is also co-editor with the forthcoming book entitled 20 Lessons in The Sociology of Food and Agriculture.  Dr. Konefal’s publications have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of Rural Studies, Agriculture and Human Values, Organization & Environment, and Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems

He will be with ENP group from January through May.