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September 11, 2013

MISSOULA – Hugh Campbell, one of the world’s leading experts on the social dynamics of sustainable agriculture, will share his ideas this month at Montana State University and the University of Montana.

He will present “The Future of Food Politics (or Why Food is Not Coal)” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at MSU’s Museum of the Rockies. The same lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at UM’s University Center Theater. Both events are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served before each talk.

The lectures are part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.

Campbell is chair of sociology and head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He directed the Center for Sustainability from 2000 to 2010.

He has examined the social and economic dimensions of developing sustainable agriculture in New Zealand and explored food auditing, new governance structures in food chains, environmental auditing and the necessity to shift New Zealand food exporting from “quantities to qualities.”

Since 2003, Campbell has helped lead the social research objective in the Ministry of Science and Innovation-funded Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability Programme, which is considered the largest current study of farm-scale sustainability in the world.

Hugh also has published research findings on the social dynamics of rural New Zealand, food systems and agriculture. In addition, he has edited two books and published in many international journals.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a joint venture of UM and MSU. It’s a community of Montana scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated environmental sciences and related fields. The institute draws on the extraordinary landscapes of Montana and beyond to understand complex ecosystems, including the interconnectedness of people and nature. 



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Contact: Gay Allison, Institute on Ecosystems at UM, 406-243-2617,; Martha Sellers, Institute on Ecosystems at MSU, 406-994-7568,