(Christina) C.M.G. Schiavoni

(Christina) C.M.G. Schiavoni
(external) researcher International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic staff unit
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Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Christina  McGee Schiavoni is a scholar and activist dedicated to food sovereignty issues. Originally from the US, her institutional base for the past six plus years has been the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. She completed her MA at ISS with a major in Agrarian and Environmental Studies in 2013 and since 2014 has been pursuing a PhD in Agrarian Studies as part of the Political Ecology research group at ISS. Her dissertation research is focused on a historical, relational and interactive approach to food sovereignty construction. This work draws from the case of Venezuela, where ongoing shortages of key food items expose cracks in Venezuela’s food system and highlight both the enormity and…

Christina  McGee Schiavoni is a scholar and activist dedicated to food sovereignty issues. Originally from the US, her institutional base for the past six plus years has been the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. She completed her MA at ISS with a major in Agrarian and Environmental Studies in 2013 and since 2014 has been pursuing a PhD in Agrarian Studies as part of the Political Ecology research group at ISS. Her dissertation research is focused on a historical, relational and interactive approach to food sovereignty construction. This work draws from the case of Venezuela, where ongoing shortages of key food items expose cracks in Venezuela’s food system and highlight both the enormity and urgency of the task of food sovereignty construction, as well as the limitations of efforts to date. Her dissertation, entitled Constructing and Contesting Food Sovereignty: Food Lines, Fault Lines and Seeds of Transformation in Venezuela, will beApril 2019.

Christina completed her B.S. at Cornell University’s agricultural school with a double major in International Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2002. In the decade prior to joining ISS, she was engaged in food sovereignty efforts as an organizer and advocate in the US and globally, including involvement in the 2007 Nyéléni Global Forum on Food Sovereignty, the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC), the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security, and the launching of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance and the Food Sovereignty Prize. She began following efforts toward food sovereignty in Venezuela in 2006, eventually inspiring her PhD pursuit.

Research projects outside of her dissertation include studies on agricultural investment in Tanzania (2014-2015) and evaluation of the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security (2014). Publications include articles in Journal of Peasant Studies, Monthly Review, Development, Globalizations and Third World Quarterly. She is co-editor of the book The Politics of Food Sovereignty, released by Routledge in 2017.

Over the course of her graduate work, Christina spent two years in Venezuela between 2016 and 2018, where she lived in the community of El Valle, Caracas while working closely with a variety of food sovereignty movements, which she continues to partner with.

At present, she is based in Bangkok, Thailand. She hopes to return to the US and contribute her part to movement-building efforts there.