Department of Community Sustainability
International Research & Development Program Specialist
Stephanie White completed her PhD in the Department of Community Sustainability at MSU and presently holds a dual appointment with CRFS and the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). Her dissertation research focused on urban agriculture in relation to urban socioecological systems, and the ways in which urban residents in M’Bour, Senegal use it to improve their well-being. Her current research focuses on urban food systems in the global south, primarily in relation small-scale food based livelihoods, which includes urban agriculture and small-scale trade. In addition, she is interested in better understanding how social and spatial aspects of urban food environments can foster or inhibit urban food security. Dr. White leads an experiential service-learning practicum to Malawi each year, where students explore innovation in relation to small-scale food systems. Prior to her arrival at MSU, Dr. White worked in Washington, DC for a number of development organizations. She earned an MSc degree in Sustainable Systems/Agroecology from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa from 1992-1996.