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Rajeev Patel

Rajeev  Patel

Research Professor

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SRH 3.225

Raj Patel is a 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. He is currently working on a ground-breaking documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James.

Before coming to Austin, Dr Patel co-taught the 2014 Edible Education class at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan. He was also an IATP Food and Community Fellow from 2011-2013. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and was an Advisor to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

 In addition to numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics and public health journals, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to 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

He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked at the World Bank and World Trade Organization, and protested against them around the world. He has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and continues to be a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First.


Edible Education 101, University of California at Berkeley (2014)

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (2007 - 2014)

Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies, University of California at Berkeley (2006 - 2013)

Ph. D - Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University (2002)

MSc in Economics, Distinction in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, London School of Economics (1996)

BA First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Balliol College, University of Oxford (1995).

Current Positions

Research Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs (2014 - Present)

Visiting Professor (pending appointment), Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa (2014 - Present)

Writer/Co-Producer, Generation Food: Breaking Rules to Feed the 21st Century (dir. Steve James/Kartemquin Films) (2011 - Present)

Fellow, Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First, Oakland CA (2007 - Present).

Previous Positions

Food and Community Fellow, Kellogg/Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN (2011 - 2013)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (2004 - 2006)

Policy Analyst, Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First, Oakland, CA (2002 - 2004)

Researcher, SEATINI (Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Initiative), Harare, Zimbabwe (1999 - 2002)

Consultant, World Bank, Washington, D.C. / Cornell University (Fall 1999)

Intern Researcher, World Trade Organization, Geneva (Summer 1998)

Consultant, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva (Summer 1997)

Social Development Consultant, UNCTAD, Geneva (January - March 1997)

Research Scholar, Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Yale University, New Haven, CT (1996)


2010 Raj Patel, “The Value of Nothing: How to Reclaim Market Society and Redefine Democracy”. New York. Picador. (19 editions, 14 languages) Available here.

2009 Eric Holt-Gimenez and Raj Patel with Annie Shattuck, “Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice”. Oakland, California. Food First Books. (4 editions, 2 languages) Available here.

2007 Raj Patel, “Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System”, London. Portobello Books. (10 editions, 8 languages) Available here.

2006 co-edited with Peter Rosset and Michael Courville, “Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian Reform”, Oakland, California. Food First Books. Download here.

2000 Deepa Narayan with Raj Patel, Kai Schafft, Anne Rademacher and Sarah Koch-Schulte. “Voices of the Poor: Can Anyone Hear Us?” New York. Published for the World Bank by Oxford University Press. Download here.


2009 Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson and Raj Patel, “Why MES with Human Rights? Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights.” Download here.

2007 Raj Patel, “The World Bank and Agriculture: A Critical Review of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008″, ActionAid International, October 2007. Download here.

2013 Raj Patel, “The Long Green Revolution.” Journal of Peasant Studies. 40:1, 1-63. DOI:10.1080/03066150.2012.719224 Download here.

2013 Raj Patel, “El papel del Poder, el Género y el Derecho a la Alimentación en la Soberanía Alimentaria”. Mundo Siglo XXI, revista del CIECAS-IPN, Núm. 31, Vol. IX, 2013, pp. 5-10. Download here.

2012 Raj Patel, “Food Sovereignty: Power, Gender, and the Right to Food.” PLoS Medicine, 9(6): e1001223. Download here. Y aquí en español.

2011 Raj Patel, “Survival Pending Revolution: What the Black Panthers Can Teach the US Food Movement.” InFood movements unite! : strategies to transform our food systems, edited by Eric Holt-Gimenez. pp 115-137. Oakland: Food First Books. Download here.

2011 Raj Patel, “Fairytale Violence or Sondheim on solidarity, from Karnataka to Kennedy road.” In Searching for South Africa: The New Calculus of Dignity, edited by Shereen Essof and Dan Moshenberg. pp190-220. Pretoria: UNISA Press. Download here.

2010 Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson and Raj Patel, “Rethinking Macro-economic Strategies from a Human Rights Perspective.” Development, 53(1), pp27-36. Download here.

2009 Raj Patel and Philip McMichael, “A Political Economy of the Food Riot.” Review, A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center, 12(1), pp9-35 (Published 2010). Download here.

2009 Raj Patel, “What Would Food Sovereignty Look Like?”, Journal of Peasant Studies, 36(3), 663-706 (Guest editor for Grassroots Voices Section). Download here.

2009 Raj Patel “Food Riots”, The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Ness, Immanuel (ed). Blackwell Publishing. Blackwell Reference Online. Download here.

2008 Raj Patel, “The Unthinkable in Pursuit of the Eatable”, Development, 2008, 51(4), pp442-449. Download here.

2008 Raj Patel, “The Hungry of the Earth”, Radical Philosophy, September/October 2008. Download here.

2008 Raj Patel, “A Short Course in Politics at the University of Abahlali baseMjondolo”, Journal of Asian And African Studies, Feb 2008, v43, pp95-112. Download here.

2007 Rajeev Patel, “Transgressing rights: La Vía Campesina’s call for Food Sovereignty”, Feminist Economics 13(1), pp 87–93. Download here.

2006 Rajeev Patel with Harald Witt and Matthew Schnurr, “Can the poor help GM crops? Technology, Representation and Cotton in the Makhathini Flats, South Africa”, Review of African Political Economy, 109, pp147-163. Download here.

2006 Rajeev Patel, “International agrarian restructuring and the practical ethics of peasant movement solidarity”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 41, 1/2, pp71-93. Download here.

2005 Rajeev Patel, Robert J. Torres and Peter Rosset, “Genetic engineering in agriculture and corporate engineering in public debate: Risk, Public Relations, and Public Debate over Genetically Modified Crops”, International Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health, 14,4, October-December, pp428-36. Download here.

2005 Rajeev Patel, “Global Fascism, Revolutionary Humanism and the Ethics of Food Sovereignty”, Development, 48, 2, pp79-83. Download here.

2005 Raj Patel, “Faulty Shades of Green: The World Bank Dissembles the Environment”, Review of Radical Political Economy, Volume 37, 3, Summer 2005. Download here.

2004 Rajeev Patel and Philip McMichael, “Third Worldism and Lineages of Global Fascism: Neo-liberalism and the Regrouping of the Global South”, Third World Quarterly: Journal of Emerging Areas, Special 25th Anniversary Issue, 25, 1, January 2004. Download here.

2002 Anne Rademacher and Rajeev Patel, “Creating Global Poverty – Reading Local Experiences, Creating Global Discourse: Reflections on Re-Contextualizing Participatory Research Data for Global Policy” in Knowing poverty : Critical reflections on participatory research and policy, K. Brock and R. McGee (eds.), London: Earthscan. Download here.