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, 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. His latest book, co-authored with Rupa Marya, is Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021).

Recent Publications
Media Expertise
  • Globalization and International Affairs


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. 

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NewsAugust 11, 2021
Raj Patel releases new book on the social, environmental causes of ill health

Award-winning author, filmmaker and The University of Texas at Austin research scientist Raj Patel, with co-author and physician Dr. Rupa Marya, examine the social and environmental causes of ill health in their latest book, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, this book examines the ways in which health disparities are connected to colonialism, politics and capitalism.

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Media MentionMay 18, 2021
Why aren't we talking about farmers in India?

Research scientist Raj Patel writes about the future of agriculture. 

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