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


Media MentionMay 23, 2018
1 in 4 Austin households is food insecure, not just because of money

Hundreds of volunteers from Austin's tech industry are calling attention to food insecurity in the city by donating their time to food-based nonprofits this week. 

A study published in 2016 found that one in four households in Austin are considered food insecure, meaning families have trouble keeping nutritious food on the table. When Dr. Raj Patel ran those numbers by other food experts, they told him it sounded about right.

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Media MentionMay 8, 2018
How the chicken nugget became the true symbol of our era

The most telling symbol of the modern era isn’t the automobile or the smartphone. It’s the chicken nugget. Raj Patel explains. 

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NewsApril 6, 2018
LBJ Professor Raj Patel to Deliver Keynote Remarks at First Annual International Animal Welfare Summit

Raj Patel, a research professor at the LBJ School, will deliver keynote remarks entitled, “A planet for all?”.

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