Philip Howard

Philip  Howard
  • Associate Professor
  • Community Sustainability



I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Community, Food and Agriculture, as well as a graduate course in Research Methods. My research focuses on the 'food system.' The food system involves all of the steps required to produce food and get it to our plates–from farming and processing to distribution and consumption. My work is unified by three main questions:

  • What changes are occurring?
  • What are the impacts of these changes on communities?
  • What can communities do to respond positively to these changes?


  • characterizing consolidation in the food system, particularly in the rapidly growing organic sector
  • exploring inequalities in 'food environments' and their potential relationships with health outcomes
  • studying consumer interest in 'ecolabels' as a potential strategy for improving the livelihoods of small- and medium-scale farmers