Stephanie White

International Research & Development Program Specialist

Stephanie White

Stephanie White completed her PhD in the Department of Community Sustainability at MSU and presently holds a dual appointment with CRFS and the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). Her dissertation research focused on urban agriculture in relation to urban socioecological systems, and the ways in which urban residents in M’Bour, Senegal use it to improve their well-being. Her current research focuses on urban food systems in the global south, primarily in relation small-scale food based livelihoods, which includes urban agriculture and small-scale trade. In addition, she is interested in better understanding how social and spatial aspects of urban food environments can foster or inhibit urban food security. Dr. White leads an experiential service-learning practicum to Malawi each year, where students explore innovation in relation to small-scale food systems. Prior to her arrival at MSU, Dr. White worked in Washington, DC for a number of development organizations. She earned an MSc degree in Sustainable Systems/Agroecology from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa from 1992-1996.




  • Small-Scale Urban Food Trade in Lilongwe

    In this video, researchers follow legume trader, Ruth Ndingo, as they explore the traditional food provisioning and exchange environment in Lilongwe, Malawi.


  • 3rd Annual Frugal Innovation Practicum

    March 17, 2017

    Working side by side their peers from Malawi’s Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students will engage food entrepreneurs in urban food markets to propose appropriate (or, frugal) solutions to food security challenges.