Phil Warsaw

Phil Warsaw

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Assistant Professor, Fixed-Term
Department of Community Sustainability


Phillip Warsaw is an Assistant Professor of Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice in the Department of Community Sustainability. Broadly, his research takes an interdisciplinary approach to questions of environmental justice, economic development, and sustainability, combining approaches from economics and the other social sciences, such as the use of critical theory. He holds a PhD in Economics as well as an MS in Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining MSU, Phil was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Current Projects

  • Investigating the intersection of environmental quality, economic development and gentrification in mid-sized urban areas, including Lansing and Milwaukee.
  • Environmental justice and diversity within natural resource disciplines: drawing connections between the theorization and application of environmental justice frameworks within natural resource disciplines, such as Ecological Economics, and its relationship to the diversity of scholars within those fields.
  • Developing data-collection toolkits and protocols for hospital administrators to quantify the impact of their food purchases on the regional economy in support of farm-to-hospital programs.