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I am a Sociology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).
Two primary focus of my research are Global Food System & Dietary Health and Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development. In particular, my current research explores the dynamics between the historical formation of the global food system, the politics of techno-social innovations, and the cultural-scientific construction of dietary knowledge.
My dissertation research, titled Nourishing New Green Revolutions? ‒ The Pursuit of Responsible Solutions to Malnutrition in the Philippines, explores how the infrastructural environment enables the co-emergence of five distinct types of agriculture-based innovations for nutrition in the Philippines. These five solutions include school gardening, iron-fortified rice, moringa-supplemented products, brown rice consumption, and genetically modified rice. I examine how various relations – social, symbolic, and technoscientific – intertwine with each other and render these innovations feasible solutions to malnutrition.
My next project, tentatively titled Building Agricultural Economics for National and Global Development, considers the transnational development of agricultural economics across Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan and investigates how agricultural economics has played a key role in the formulation of national agricultural policymaking, the formation of global trade and the policy design for issue of global hunger.
My other research interests include the policymaking and practices regarding nutrition-agriculture linkage in the international development field, the “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) framework, alternative food movements in the Global South, critical food and nutrition studies, quantitative analysis with time use data, politics of rural-urban divide, and science and politics of quantification and metrics.
Contact me via: schiang4 [at] ucsc [dot] edu