Nathan McClintock is Associate Professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, currently on sabbatical in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Engaging primarily with urban political ecology and critical urban studies, his current research agenda examines the intersection between urban agriculture (UA) movements in the US and Canada, food systems policy and planning, and the specific urban political economies and historical geographies in which they arise. By conducting both applied and theoretically engaged research, his goal is to bring agri-food and urban environmental research into conversation with critical scholarship that draws attention to how UA policy and practice articulate with power, political economy, race, class, gender, and settler colonialism. At the same time, he hopes to contribute to critical geography via his commitment to community engaged research.
His current NSF-funded project focuses on UA's entanglement in processes of gentrification and green entrepreneurial urbanism in Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC, and how alternative knowledges and practices have emerged and circulated, both creating new spaces of production and contributing to the rise of equity framing within UA and food policy-making forums. He is also working with MudBone Grown on the Portland Black Gardens Oral History Project, funded by an Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Grant.
Nathan's research builds on two decades of experience working on sustainable food systems in North America and across the Global South. He has worked on agricultural development projects with the Rodale Institute in Senegal and Partners in Health in Haiti, and on short-term consultancies in Bangladesh, Nepal, Mali, and Mexico. He served as a Peace Corps agricultural extension volunteer in Mali (1998-2000), has worked on farms in British Columbia, Ireland, and North Carolina, and was a founding member of the Oakland Food Policy Council from 2009 to 2011. Nathan received his PhD in geography from UC Berkeley where his dissertation work focused on urban agriculture and soil contamination in the low-income flatlands of Oakland, CA. He received his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, and MS in crop science/agroecology from North Carolina State, where he conducted research on compost and nutrient cycling in sustainable farming systems.
In January 2019, he became an editor of the journal Urban Geography.
Fellow at a Glance
Portland State University
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
Portland, OR 97207