Oona Morrow

Assistant Professor
Rural Sociology Group
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen, Netherlands

Other Affiliations

SHARECITY, Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin

Degrees

PhD, Geography, Clark University
MA, Geography, Clark University
BA, Urban Studies, The New School

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, #BCS-1234241 ‘Urban Homesteading: Changing Social And Economic Relations and the Practice of Self-Provisioning in the City’, National Science Foundation, 2012-2014

Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Frankfurt, Germany, July 20-25, 2014 

Julie Graham Community Economies Research Fund Fellowship, Bolsena, Italy, 2013 

Pruser Dissertation Enhancement Award. Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, 2011

American Craft Council Student Scholarship, American Craft Council, Minneapolis, 2010 

Graduate Student Travel Grant, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University 2009-2014 

Tuition Remission PhD Fellowship, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University 2008-2014

Senior Academic Award for outstanding work in Urban Studies. Eugene Lang College, The New School, 2007

Research Interests

  • Diverse Economies and the Commons
  • Urban Agriculture, Sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods
  • Feminist theory and methodology
  • Food policy, land use and law

I believe that research can do more than describe and critique what already exists, but can also contribute to the co-creation of more just and sustainable futures. To this end, I engage in collaborative transdisciplinary research on the diverse economies of food provisioning in Europe and North America, where I work with diverse stakeholders to make everyday practices of solidarity more credible, and make alternative food futures more realizable. I approach everyday life as a site for social innovation and social change, and I find food to be a productive entry-point for investigating how social difference and inequality are reproduced and contested.

My research is broadly concerned with the economic and environmental politics of everyday life, a theme I have engaged through research on diverse economies, urban agriculture, household sustainability, gender and work, food security, and rural poverty. Through this work, I explore and actively participate in the processes through which everyday food and sustainability practices become institutionalized by organizations, and supported by policy and planning.

My Ph.D. research examined the gender relations and diverse economic practices of urban homesteaders in Boston. Urban homesteading is a sustainable lifestyle
movement that promotes self-provisioning practices such as urban gardening, food preservation, and chicken and bee keeping as a means of economic and environmental resilience. The project draws on ethnographic and action research to explore the different kinds of self-provisioning practices in which urban homesteaders engage; the social, cultural, and economic relations that such practices are embedded in and enabled by; and the impact of these practices across various urban scales. 

My postdoctoral research with SHARECITY investigates opportunities for sharing things, spaces, and skills across the food system, from production and
consumption to food rescue and redistribution, to cooking, eating, and composting. As a member of his team, I have contributed to the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological development of the project, which seeks to bridge the gap between previous research on alternative food networks, emergency food, food waste, and the sharing economy. And I have completed in depth ethnographic research with food initiatives in Berlin and New York 

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