Nils McCune

Nils McCune
Research Associate, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative

Nils works with the Agroecology Support team to the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) project.

Dr. Nils Max McCune is a researcher and student of agroecology and social processes to build food sovereignty. His teaching experience includes graduate-level courses at Nicaragua’s National Agrarian University, as well as guest lectures at Evergreen College, the University of Oregon, the University of California in Berkeley and Santa Cruz, and Stanford University. 

His research focuses on the social dynamics of scaling agroecology, peasant economies, pedagogy of agroecological learning, land reform, and the autonomous peasant schools of agroecological social movements.

For nearly a decade, he has worked with the international peasant movement, La Vía Campesina (LVC), to support the construction by LVC member organizations of agroecological territories in Latin America. He has also worked as an ally with US organizing processes such as the People’s Agroecology Process and the US Food Sovereignty Alliance. His research has supported the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Sustainable Development, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico (2016)
  • M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture, Universidad Central de Las Villas (UCLV), Cuba (2009)
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (2005)
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Areas of Interest

Agroecology; Food Sovereignty; Rural Social Movements; Agroecological Education; Social Process Methodologies; Political Ecology

  • Research Associate, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative
  • Agroecological Support, Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP)
  • Communication Specialist, La Via Campesina North America
  • Visiting Researcher, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico
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