Lisa Trocchia-Baļķīts is an interdisciplinary food systems scholar with a Ph.D. in the Social Ecology of Food from Ohio University, a degree that augmented her interest in food systems social networks by drawing upon theories of communication studies, political philosophy, networks and complex adaptive systems, sociology, bioregional environmentalism, and economic anthropology. Lisa also has an M.S. degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College and a B.S. in Education from Miami University.
As Scholar-in- Residence at GMC, she teaches and contributes in the area of curriculum design in the Sustainable Food Systems program (MSFS) and the Resilient and Sustainable Communities program (MRSC). Lisa is an active researcher and writer, her interests include horizontal, decentralized social structures, the diverse economies of bioregional food systems, the performance of cultural foodways, and self-organized, community-based food system social networks as sites of transformative social change.
Lisa is a long-time resident of Athens, Ohio (often referred to as “the most mature local food system in the U.S.”) and came to academia with over 15 years of local food systems experience in Appalachian Ohio. As a former chef and baker, local food entrepreneur and consultant, chair of the regional food policy council, and having served in leadership roles for non-profit organizations working on sustainable community development and food access issues, Lisa brings a broad and unique perspective to the courses she teaches at Green Mountain College.