My research interest revolves around the historical formation of the global food system, the politics underlying sociotechnical innovations, and the cultural-scientific construction of dietary knowledge. Currently, I am working on my dissertation research, which compares five distinct types of agricultural innovations for malnutrition in the Philippines. Aside from my dissertation project, my other research interests include the emergence the policy-making 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.


Publication by Research Focus

1) Dynamics Between the Global Food System and Dietary Health

Forthcoming. “Hunger and Famine” in Poverty and Development 3rd edition, edited by Tim Allen and Alan Thomas. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Co-author with Tim Allen and Ben Crow)

Shun-Nan Chiang. 2020. “Transecting the Fall and Rise of Brown Rice — The Historic Encounters of the Global Food System, Nutrition Science, and Malnutrition in the Philippines.” Food, Culture, and Society. 23(2):229-248..

2019. “Food Safety in a Global Economy: Policies and Concerns.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. (Co-author with Tomiko Yamaguchi)

2018. “Adding Diversity as a New Dimension in the Food Security Framework.” SEARCA Policy Brief Series. (Co-author with Xyrus Godfrey Capiña)

Historicizing the Nutrition-Agriculture Linkage from the Global Food Systems Perspective,” presented at the International Conference on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems, Tagaytay City, Philippines, November 7-10, 2018.

From Food Security to Food and Nutrition Security: How to Rethink the Linkages Between Malnutrition and the Food System? 01/23/2018. SEARCA Agriculture and Development Seminar Series. (Invited Presentation)

2) Alternative Food Movement in the Global South

2019. “The School-Plus-Home Gardens Project in the Philippines: A Participatory and Inclusive Model for Sustainable Development.” SEARCA Policy Brief Series. (Co-author with Blesilda M. Calub, Leila S. Africa, Bessie M. Burgos, Henry M. Custodio, Anna Gale C. Galvez, Elson Ian Nyl E. Galang, Maria Katrina R. Punto)

“Linking School Gardening and Feeding Together: The Experience From SEARCA School and Home Gardening Project (SHGP)” presented at the 2018 Asia-Pacific Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (APSafe) Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, May 10-12, 2018. (with Blesilda M. Calub, Leila S. Africa, Bessie M. Burgos, and Henry M. Custodio)

Agricultural Innovations and Alternative Food Movement for Nutrition Security and Rural Development: A Proposal for Eco-Social Design. 07/19/2016. Agricultural Systems Cluster, College of Agriculture, University of Philippines Los Baños. (Invited Presentation)

3) Innovation & Solutionism

Kung, Wen-Ling and Shun-Nan Chiang. 2020, “The Public Policy Environment for Innovative Future: Two Cases regarding Human Security.” In Smart Science, Design & Technology: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied System Innovation, edited by Stephen D. Prior, and Siu-Tsen Shen. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.

2018. “Imagining the Future of Agriculture and Food: A Comparative Study of Two Agricultural Innovations for Malnutrition in the Philippines.” in Technoscience, Society, Human Volume III, edited by Wen-Yuan Lin, Tzung-De Lin, Gu-Yang Yang. Hsinchu: National Chiao Tung University Press. (Chinese)

“Moving Beyond the Critique of Technological Fix: a Comparative Study of Golden Rice Project and Brown Rice Campaign in the Philippines,” for the SSRC Academic Writing Workshop for International Publication for Junior Academics in Taiwan, Taipei, February 19-21, 2019.

4) Critical Studies of Dietary Health

“Constructing ‘Wholefood’ as ‘Superfood’- The Practice of Living Food Diet In Taiwan,” presented at the Critical Approaches to Superfoods workshop (CATS), Indiana University Bloomington, March 21-23, 2019.

Harvesting Nutrition or Planting Nutrition: Making Sense of Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Through Critical Nutrition Studies.” Presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado, November 11-14, 2015.

“Food Movements Within the International Nutritional Academic Community.” Paper presented at the 6th Taiwan Science, Technology, and Society Association Conference. National Chiao Tung University, March 22-23, 2014. (Chinese)

“Lay Knowledge Network of Healthy Diet in Taiwan.” Presented at the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology & Society Network Biennial Conference. University of Singapore, July 15-17 2013.

“Preliminary Discussion on Development of Nutritional Science in Taiwan.” Paper presented at the 5th Taiwan Science, Technology, and Society Association Conference. National Taiwan University, March 23-24, 2013. (Chinese)

“‘Health is Not For Discussion’: Analysis of Healthy Diet Knowledge in Use.” Paper presented at the 4th Taiwan Science, Technology, and Society Association Conference. National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, April 14-15, 2012. (Chinese)

5) Agrifood Issues in the U.S.

Shellabarger, Rachel, Rachel Voss, Monika Egerer, & Shun-Nan Chiang. 2018. “Challenging the urban-rural dichotomy in agri-food systems.” Agriculture and Human Values.