Patel, Rajeev | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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


NewsOctober 12, 2017
LBJ Professor Raj Patel Releases Interdisciplinary Book on Effects of Capitalism

AUSTIN, Texas, October 12, 2017 – Nature, money, work, care, food, energy and lives, and how these seven things have shaped our world and its future are the focuses of a new book by Raj Patel, a research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The book, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet, is co-authored by Jason W.

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Media MentionOctober 11, 2017
The Future of Food

How do we build a just, sustainable food system? LBJ Professor Raj Patel explains it’s a time of deep uncertainty at every link in the global food chain. 



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Media MentionJanuary 27, 2017
Table scraps for the poor won't end poverty

Curbing food waste is often positioned as a way to end hunger, but LBJ School Professor Raj Patel poses that this is a misguided perspective. "Treating hunger through society's waste compounds the indignity of hunger, and points us away from more permanent solutions," he and Nick Saul of Community Food Centres Canada write.

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