Patel, Rajeev | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • 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
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Distinction in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, London School of Economics, 1996
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1995
Research Areas
  • Food Systems
  • World Ecology
  • International Political Economy
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy
  • Development Policy
  • Policy Communications

Raj Patel is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University. He studies the world food system and alternatives to it. He is currently working on a documentary project about the food system with award-winning director Steve James. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the U.S. House of Representative’s Financial Services Committee and was an adviser to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to publications in journals about economics, philosophy, politics, international development, and public health, he writes for a range of newspapers and co-hosts The Secret Ingredient podcast. His books include Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing. His latest book, co-authored with Jason W. Moore, is published by the University of California Press and entitled A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide To Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet

Media Expertise
  • Globalization and International Affairs

Newsworthy

NewsSeptember 27, 2018
LBJ School research on China and work in developing communities published in a top journal

The LBJ School's Joshua Eisenman, Erin Lentz and Raj Patel have published new studies in Development and Change, a top journal in the development economics field from the Institute of Social Studies. One piece looks at how Maoist China's rural collectives siphoned away household savings to invest in the country's capital investments and agricultural production; another examines how international agriculture development tends to ignore or treat as a mystery the division of labor within a household.

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Media MentionJuly 30, 2018
When Culture And Green Come Together: 10 Eco-Reads For The Environmentally Conscious

This list of books about the climate, environment and sustainable development—including "A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide To Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet" by Raj Patel, research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs—will help you understand the challenges our planet is facing. 

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Media MentionJuly 16, 2018
'Hunger Mitao': How an Indian-American group wants to 'wipe out hunger'

A courageous group of Indian Americans is working hard to fight hunger in their own community. Raj Patel, a research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, talks with NBC News about the approximately 40 million Americans that experience food insecurity.  

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