Laurel Bellante

About Laurel Bellante

Laurel Bellante is a human-environment geographer specializing in food security and agrarian questions in both the United States and Mexico. She has been involved in multiple research endeavors related to food security and climate justice, including work on alternative food networks in Mexico, poverty and climate change in the Southwestern U.S., carbon forestry programs, and food and water security in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Laurel uses a political ecology approach to connect what is happening in people’s kitchens, farms and rural communities to larger political economic and environmental changes occurring regionally, nationally, and globally.

Laurel is currently conducting dissertation research on the impacts of climate change and neoliberal agricultural policies on the organizing processes and livelihoods of corn farmers in Chiapas, Mexico. The Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security, the Society of Woman Geographers Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research, and the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) Robert C. West PhD Field Study Award fund this work. Laurel is supported in her research by Drs. Tracey Osborne (chair), Gary Nabhan, Diana Liverman, and Jeff Banister at the University of Arizona, Dr. Jonathan Hellin at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and Dr. Emanuel Gomez at the University of Chapingo.
















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Research Interests

Agrarian political ecology; foodways (U.S. and Mexico); food security and food sovereignty; agricultural development; global environmental change; climate justice












Selected Publications

Bellante, L. (2016). Building the Local Food Movement in Chiapas, Mexico: Rationales, Benefits and Limitations. Agricultural and Human Values. Accepted 6 April 2016.

Wilder, M., Liverman D., Bellante L., and Osborne, T. 2016. Southwest Climate Gap: Poverty and Environmental Justice in the U.S. Southwest. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. Published online 19 Jan 2016. 

Bellante, L. and Nabhan, G.P. (accepted). Borders out of Register: Edge Effects in the U.S.-Mexico Foodshed, Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment.












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Laurel Bellante
Ph.D. candidate


M.A.      Latin American Studies, University of Arizona, 2012     

B.A.       Latin American Studies/Environmental Analysis, Pomona College, 2004










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