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, 2007–14
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 2006–13
  • 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, and recently completed a documentary project about the food system. He has testified about hunger and food sovereignty to the U.S., U.K., and E.U. governments, and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

In addition to publications in journals about economics, philosophy, politics, international development and public health, Dr. Patel writes for a range of newspapers and co-hosts "The Secret Ingredient" podcast. His books include Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing. He co-authored with Jason W. Moore A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet, published by the University of California Press. Dr. Patel's latest book, co-authored with Rupa Marya, is Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021).

Media Expertise
  • Globalization and International Affairs


Media MentionMarch 28, 2022
How will the war in Ukraine affect global hunger?

Raj Patel is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He spoke with Texas Standard about the potential, international consequences of Russia's invasion on the global food supply. Listen to the interview or read the transcript.

Read More
Media MentionMarch 18, 2022
Raj Patel: Global South faces soaring food prices amid war in Ukraine

Raj Patel, author of "Stuffed and Starved" and a research professor at The University of Texas at Austin, explains how farmers and working-class people around the world will face the brunt of the impact of growing food prices. He notes the coronavirus, climate change, conflict and capitalism are working to compound one another and underscore the necessity to transition to sustainable, agroecological farming.

Read More
NewsNovember 8, 2021
LBJ explores how cities are using the UN climate conference as a chance to fight climate change through food policy

LBJ Professor Raj Patel's latest Policy Research Project (PRP) investigates how some cities are using the UN Climate Change Conference as an opportunity to innovate by linking their food and climate policies, leading the way on these critical issues and putting pressure on national governments to step up. 

Read More