Robert Magneson Chiles

Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Research Associate, Rock Ethics Institute

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    Research interests

    My scholarship involves three related themes: (a) how food culture, ethical beliefs, and political-economic institutions are intertwined, (b) the methods and social processes by which agricultural science and technology is performed, and (c) the development of novel, interdisciplinary, and impactful solutions to food system challenges and controversies. Specific research projects include: alternative economic platforms for cellular agriculture; plant-based proteins for healthy meal options; greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture; consumer and industry reactions to food system controversies; animals and international development ethics; sustainable and profitable land-use options for farmers; agribusiness-university partnerships and corporate social responsibility; reconceptualizing food “waste”; qualitative research ethics in the big data era; the bioethics of gene editing; and global foodservice ethics.

    The overarching objective of my work is to empower scholars, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders to make sociologically and ethically informed decisions about food and agriculture.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

    Philosophy & Political Science, BA, Stanford University

    Sociology, MS, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    Sociology, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    External positions

    Board Member, Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society

    Board Member, Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society


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