Food and Gentrification

I have an ongoing project looking at the intersections between food and gentrification.

First, I am interested in the role of urban agriculture in land use politics in Denver, Colorado. As a sustainability initiative with the backing of civil society, business, or government interests, urban agriculture can drive green gentrification even when advocates of these initiatives have the best of intentions and are aware of their exclusionary potential for urban farmers and residents. This is a city with many urban farmers that gained access to land after the Great Recession. They faced the contradiction of being a force for displacement and at risk of displacement as the city adopted new sustainability and food system goals, the housing market recovered, and green gentrification spread. I have a number of articles and chapters that will investigate this case.

Second, I am working on an edited volume with two leading food sociologists, Alison Alkon and Yuki Kato tentatively called Back to the City: Food and Gentrification in North America. It will explore three topical areas. These include how urban growth machines mobilize foodscapes for development, the loss of food spaces due to gentrification and displacement, and forms of food activism and food policy that resist and ameliorate gentrification.