The local prefiguration of a global sustainable food system: Reconciling radical democracy and scale through technology
I defended my PhD dissertation in January 2022. Through three papers, I examine how people can organize to create positive social change – specifically sustainable food systems – by harnessing the power of technology while resisting the technocratic threat to organizational democracy that often accompanies such tools.
I was honoured to be co-awarded Best Critical Dissertation by the Critical Management Studies division of the Academy of Management for this work. This video offers a very brief summary of one of the key takeaways of the dissertation: the concept of democratic revisability. More detail on each of the three papers can be found at the links below.
While my primary focus is on alternative organizations, I’m also interested in how technology impacts work, how work can be more justly organized and how this might permit more justice in society overall.
A full list of my publications across these research projects can be found here.