Heide Bruckner
Instructor of Geography • Interests: Food and agriculture, alternative food systems, political ecology, human-animal relations, international development, participatory action research • Ph.D. University of Graz, Austria (2018) • M.A. University of Arizona, Tucson (2013) • Vassar College (2007)
Environment-Society • Human Geography

Research Interests

My work focuses on the promises and challenges of so-called “alternative” food systems. I raise questions as to the degree of social, cultural and economic inclusivity of trends such as urban gardens, organic food, and animal-welfare certified meat. In particular, I am critical of how attempts towards food justice and sovereignty intersect with, and challenge, neoliberal forces in our food system. My past projects have emphasized participatory action research in settings as diverse as Honduras, Peru, Austria and Arizona. 

Recent Courses Taught

  • Spring 2021  GEOG 3422  Political Ecology
  • Spring 2021  GEOG 3612  Geography of American Cities
  • Fall 2020  GEOG 3682  Geography of International Development
  • Fall 2020  GEOG 4772  Food Geography
  • Spring 2020  GEOG 3422  Political Ecology
  • Spring 2020  GEOG 3612  Geography of American Cities
  • Fall 2019  GEOG 4173  Research Seminar
  • Fall 2019  GEOG 4742  Topics in Environment & Society:  Food


Recent publications:

Bruckner, HK, Colombino, A & Ermann, U 2019, “Naturecultures and the affective (dis)entanglements of happy meat”, Agriculture and Human Values, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 35-47.

Bruckner, HK 2018, “Beyond happy meat: body mapping (dis)connections to animals in alternative food networks”, Area, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 322-330.

Bruckner, HK & Kowasch, M 2018, “Moralizing meat consumption: bringing food and feeling into Education for Sustainable Development”, Policy Futures in Education, DOI: 10.1177/1478210318776173.

Bruckner, HK 2016, “Jody Emel and Harvey Neo: Political ecologies of meat”, Agriculture and Human Values,vol. 33, no.3, pp. 739-740.