Ryan Nehring

Ryan Nehring is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science where he works on a Wellcome Trust-funded project titled 'From Collection to Cultivation: Historical Perspectives on Crop Diversity and Food Security'.

His research is broadly interested in the historical development of agricultural research and the role of science and technology in shaping both local and global food security. Most of Ryan’s research is located in Brazil where he previously worked as a researcher on sustainable development for the United Nation’s Development Programme’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. In addition to his academic research, Ryan occasionally serves as a consultant for development agencies on issues related to rural poverty reduction, local food systems and sustainable development.

Ryan earned his MS and PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. He also has an MA in International Development Studies from St. Mary’s University in Canada and a BA in Languages and International Studies from the College of Saint Scholastica. 

Selected publications:

Ofstehage, Andrew and Ryan Nehring. (2021) “No-Till Agriculture and the Deception of Sustainability in Brazil,” International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

Nehring, Ryan and Ana Paula de la O Campos (eds). (2019) “Rural Poverty Reduction in the 21st Century,” Policy in Focus No. 44, Brasilia, Brazil: UNDP-IPC

Nehring, Ryan and Mariana Hoffmann. (2017) “Exporting Zero Hunger: PAA Africa and the Possibilities of Food Sovereignty with South-South Cooperation,” in Desmarais, A., P. Claeys and A. Trauger (eds.) Food Sovereignty and the State: Social Movements, Public Policies and Alternatives, London: Routledge.

Nehring, Ryan, Ana Miranda and Andrew Howe. (2017) “A Case for Institutional Demand: Supporting Smallholders through Food Procurement and Assistance Programs,” Global Food Security 12: 96-102.

Nehring, Ryan. (2016) “Yield of Dreams: Marching West and the Politics of Scientific Knowledge at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa),” Geoforum 77: 206-217.

Wolford, Wendy and Ryan Nehring. (2015) “Constructing Parallels: Brazilian Experts, Expertise and the Commodification of Land, Labor and Capital in Mozambique,” Canadian Journal of Development Studies 36(2): 208-223. 

McKay, Ben, Ryan Nehring and Marygold Walsh-Dilley. (2014) “The ‘State’ of Food Sovereignty in Latin America: Political Projects and Alternative Pathways in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia,” Journal of Peasant Studies 41(6): 1175-1200.

Wolford, Wendy and Ryan Nehring. (2013) “Moral Economies of Food Security and Protest in Latin America,” in Barrett, Chris (ed.) Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability, New York: Oxford University Press.