Santa Clara University

Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Christopher Bacon

 

Christopher Bacon

Assistant Professor

Kremen, C. Iles, A. and Bacon, C.M (Guest Eds.). (2012) A Social-Ecological Analysis of Diversified Farming Systems: Benefits, Costs, Obstacles, and Enabling Policy Frameworks.  Ecology and Society 17(4).
 
 

Office: Varsi Hall 218

Phone: (408) 551-3082
Email: cbacon@scu.edu

 

PhD, 2005, University of California, Santa Cruz

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching and Research Vision

As an environmental social scientist, I am interested in deepening and diversifying a dialogue about interdependent society-nature relationships. This work is informed by formal training in environmental studies, the wisdom of practical teachers, insight from marginal communities, student curiosity, and concepts from geography, economics, sociology and agroecology.

Several ongoing collaborations with colleagues contribute to an evolving participatory action research agenda that addresses issues of agricultural and environmental governance, sustainability, and social equity. Much of my research compares alternative and conventional food systems, using coffee as an extended case study. A trio of evaluative concepts, including livelihood vulnerabilities (especially hunger and food insecurity), agro-biodiversity conservation and gendered empowerment are useful for interpreting the field research results. These outcomes connect to global food regulation through recent work studying value chain governance, certifications, and the standards setting processes.   Future research projects will address environmental and food justice in California.

In our courses, we will listen to diverse voices, consider contemporary case studies, and review relevant theories. These courses often take a political economic approach to study the root and proximate causes that frame pressing environmental problems and potential solutions. Learners will develop research, collaboration and analytic skills.

Courses Taught

ENVS 22: Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 122: Environmental Politics and Policy
ENVS 155: Environmental and Food Justice
ENVS 198: Environmental Proseminar

 

Representative Publications 

Underlined text indicates undergraduate co-author

 

Bacon, C. M. (2015). Food sovereignty, food security and fair trade: the case of an influential Nicaraguan smallholder cooperatives. Third World Quarterly, 36(3), 469-488.
 
Bacon, C.M., Rice, R. and Maryanski, H. (2015). Fair Trade Coffee and Environmental Sustainability in Latin America. In Raynolds, L.T. and Bennett, E. (Eds) Handbook of Research on Fair Trade, 388-404. Edward Elgar: UK.
 
Goodall, K. E., Bacon, C. M., & Mendez, V. E. (2015). Shade tree diversity, carbon sequestration, and epiphyte presence in coffee agroecosystems: A decade of smallholder management in San Ramón, Nicaragua. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 199, 200-206.
 
Jha, S., C.M. Bacon, S.M. Philpott, V.E. Méndez, R.A. Rice and P. Läderach (2014). Shade coffee: update on a disappearing refuge for biodiversity. BioScience. 64 (5): 416-428
 
Bacon, C.M., Sundstrom, W. A., Flores Gómez, M. E., Ernesto Méndez, V., Santos, R., Goldoftas, B., & Dougherty, I. (2014). Explaining the ‘hungry farmer paradox’: Smallholders and fair trade cooperatives navigate seasonality and change in Nicaragua's corn and coffee markets. Global Environmental Change (25): 133-149. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.02.005
 
Stewart, I. T., Bacon, C. M., & Burke, W. D. (2014). The uneven distribution of environmental burdens and benefits in Silicon Valley's backyard. Applied Geography. 55: 266-277
 
Bacon, C.M., Getz, Kraus, S., Montenegro, M and Holland, K. (2012) The social dimensions of susainability and change in diversified farming systems. Ecology and Society 17(4): 41. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol17/iss4/art41/
 
Kremen, C. Iles, A. and Bacon, C.M (Guest Eds.). (2012) A Social-Ecological Analysis of Diversified Farming Systems: Benefits, Costs, Obstacles, and Enabling Policy Frameworks.  Ecology and Society 17(4).
 
 
Tellman, B., Gray, L. C., and Bacon, C.M. (2011) Not Fair Enough: Historic and Institutional Barriers to Fair Trade Coffee in El Salvador. Journal of Latin American Geography 10(2): 107-127.