College of Arts and Sciences

Food and Agriculture


  • Agrarian Political Economy
  • Alternative Urban Agriculture
  • Food and Conflict
  • Food Safety and Production Systems
  • Food Security


Geographers engaged in the study of Food and Agriculture at Indiana University focus on agricultural decision-making, agricultural and food policy, consumer choice and taste, food security, food systems governance and foodways. Combining both qualitative and quantitative approaches, the fundamental goal of the department's Food and Agriculture program is to better understand how humans produce and consume food, how the global food system functions, and how the global food system can be made more sustainable and just.

Faculty members in Geography are actively engaged in multi-disciplinary research efforts on campus, providing a deep network of academic interconnections within the department. This includes collaborations with a large number of scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Global and International Studies, School of Public Health, and School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Students in this concentration join local, regional, and national private sector, non- governmental and government organizations upon graduation. Others go on to graduate work. In addition to coursework, a key component of the program is close interaction of students with faculty members in research and readings courses in their areas of interest.