Lisa Trocchia | Prescott College

Lisa Trocchia

PhD
Academic Statement

Lisa Trocchia is an Associate Faculty member teaching in the Sustainable Food Systems graduate program at Prescott College. As an interdisciplinary critical food systems scholar, she is interested in the spaces where food and social change intersect. She researches and writes about the diverse economies of bioregional food systems, the performance of food, and examines community-based food systems social networks as sites of radical and transformative change.

Lisa advocates for diversity as an asset and champions multiple ways of knowing to engage students in co-creating rigorous, yet supportive and expansive peer-based learning environments. She positions the study of sustainable food systems and theories of change in a complex adaptive systems context, emphasizing the interconnected nature of economic, political, environmental, and social systems. 

Trocchia received an interdisciplinary PhD from Ohio University, focused on Communication Studies, Sociology, social ecology, and the study of networks and complex systems in a food systems context. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Food Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Lisa is a national network facilitator with the WEB (Wellbeing and Equity Bridging) network, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a Network Activator with the international Network Weaver Consultants Network focused on food systems intersections and is active with the Food Systems Leadership Network, a national community of practice supported by The Wallace Foundation at Winrock International. To her work at Prescott, she brings decades of on-the-ground local food systems practice and over thirty years-experience in non-profit leadership, education, and asset-based, grassroots community organizing.

Education

Ohio University

Ph.D., Interdisciplinary: Social Ecology of Food, 2017.

Co-Advisors: Devika Chawla, PhD, Stephen Scanlan, PhD

 

Green Mountain College

M.S., Sustainable Food Systems, 2013.

Advisors: Philip Ackerman-Leist, MS, Mark Daley, PhD, June Holley, MA 

 

Miami University

B.S. Education, 1980

Expertise

Food Systems Education  

Global to Local Sustainable Food Systems

Social Ecology of Food

Bioregional Food-based Economic Systems

Food Justice / Food Access / Food Sovereignty

Networks and Complex Adaptive Systems

Sustainability

Self-organizing/Horizontal Network Governance

Community Organizing / Asset-based Sustainable Community Development

Publications

Books:

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L., and Hathaway, K. 1992. Opening Intuitive Windows: Ideas to Exercise Creative Process and Encourage Independent Thinking. San Diego: Schreiber & McLain Publishing.

 

Book Chapters:

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2019. “The Revolution Under the Table: On the Social Ecology of the U.S. Local Food Movement.” In the Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics, Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna (Eds.), London: Routledge.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L., Moran, T, and Suggs, C. 2019 (Forthcoming). “In Seeds, We Hold the Future: A Survey of Why and How Seeds are Saved in Southeastern Ohio.” In  From Surviving to Thriving in Appalachia: Positive Narratives about Community Engagement. Michele Morrone and Tiffany Arnold (Eds.). Athens: Ohio University Press.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2010. “Mangia Mania.” In Thanksgiving Tales. Brian D. Jaffe (Ed.). New York: Sestin, LLC.

 

Journals:

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa.  2017. “Be Hair Now: Performing Knowing.” In Departures in Critical Qualitative Research.

 

 Encyclopedia Entries:

 Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2016. “St. Bartholomew: Patron Saint of Cheese.” In The Oxford Companion to Cheese. Catherine Donnelly (Ed.) New York: Oxford University Press.  

 

Manuscripts in Progress:

Trocchia- Baļķīts, L. “Food Policy Councils as Collaborative Networks: Inviting Radical Democracy to the Table.

Trocchia- Baļķīts, L. and Martinez, M. “Social Network Analysis of Complexity Leadership in an Emergent Staple Foods Collaborative.”

Trocchia- Baļķīts, L. “Making Sense of Food: Re-centering Sensory Ways of Knowing.”

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. and Martinez, M. “Reframing Success for Local Food Producers: A Case for Moving Beyond Traditional Economics Toward Values-Based Metrics.”

Trocchia- Baļķīts, L. “Eating Anarchism: Mutual Aid Kitchens and Humanitarian Relief.”

 

 

Presentations

Conference Presentations:

Trocchia- Baļķīts, L., Ajamian, M. and Jaeger, B.  2020. “Creating and Connecting Regional Staple Foods Networks.” Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association                                                                Conference. Dayton, Ohio.   

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2018. “The Ohio Foodways Project: A Collaborative Ethnography.” Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association Conference. Dayton, Ohio.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. and Martinez, M.  2018. “On the Social Ecology of Local Food Production: Reframing Value Beyond Economic Metrics.” Society for Applied                                                                         Anthropology Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. and Ajamian, M. 2017. “Re-Graining the Advantage: Reclaiming Staple Foods as Revolution.” 4th Annual Symposium on Greek Gastronomy, Chania,                                                        Crete.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2016. “Autobiographical Performance as Civic Calling: My History of History.” National Communication Association Conference. Philadelphia,                                                                     Pennsylvania.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2016. “Να πας στο καλό (Go to the Good): Food Systems Change and Greek Social Solidarity.” 5th Annual University of Vermont Food Systems Summit,                                                      Burlington, Vermont.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2015. “Put the Revolution on the Table: Potlucks Performing Resistance.” Agriculture Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) /Association for                                                                    the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Annual Meeting and Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2013. “Everyone at the Table: The Food Policy Council as Infrastructure for Food System Democratization.” Real Local-Real Good Institute Conference,                                                      Athens, Ohio.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2012. “Understanding a Foodshed: Bioregionalism and the Local Food Movement.” Real Local-Real Good Institute Conference, Athens, Ohio.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2002. “Rural Action:  Asset-based Rural Sustainable Community Development Strategies.”  The President’s National Conference on Sustainable                                                                Development. Detroit, Michigan.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa and Maryann Martinez. 2018. “On the Social Ecology of Local Food Production: Reframing Value Beyond Economic Metrics.” Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2017. “Re-Graining the Advantage: Reclaiming Staple Foods as Revolution.” 4th Annual Symposium on Greek Gastronomy, Chania, Crete.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2016. “Autobiographical Performance as Civic Calling: My History of History.” National Communication Association Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2016. “Να πας στο καλό (Go to the Good): Food Systems Change and Greek Social Solidarity.” 5th Annual University of Vermont Food Systems Summit, Burlington, Vermont.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2015. “Put the Revolution on the Table: Potlucks Performing Resistance.” Agriculture Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) /Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Annual Meeting and Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2013. “Everyone at the Table: The Food Policy Council as Infrastructure for Food System Democratization.” Real Local-Real Good Institute Conference, Athens, Ohio.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa. 2012. “Understanding a Foodshed: Bioregionalism and the Local Food Movement.” Real Local-Real Good Institute Conference, Athens, Ohio.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, Lisa, Ivars Balkits, and Mike Steinmaus. 2002. “Rural Action:  Asset-based Rural Sustainable Community Development Strategies.” The President’s National Conference on Sustainable Development. Detroit, Michigan.

 

Invited Presentations:

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2019. “Network Weaving: Building Cross-Program Networks.” Prescott College Master’s Colloquium. Prescott, Arizona.                                                     

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2019. “Exploring Social Networks: Guiding the Emergence of Food Systems Change.” Sustainable Food Systems Symposium, Green Mountain College,                                                  Poultney, Vermont.                

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2015. “Considering Complexity in Sustainable Food Systems.” Sustainable Food Systems Symposium, Green Mountain College, Poultney,                                                                      Vermont.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2014. “The Role of Backyard Gardeners in Preserving Agrobiodiversity.” High Desert Organic Gardeners Annual Regional Meeting, Silver City, New Mexico.

Trocchia-Baļķīts, L. 2013. “What’s in a Name? Corporate Control of the Food System and Why it Matters.” Community Food Matters! Public Lecture Series, Athens, Ohio.

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