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Fostering Socially and Ecologically Resilient Food and Farm Systems Through Research Networks

Researchers in the field

Call for papers to be included in a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development


Submission for presubmission review: 9/30/2022

Notification of invitation to submit a full paper: 10/31/2022

Submission of final manuscript: 2/28/2023

Special Issue Sponsors:

Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability (INFAS), and eOrganic

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Special Issue Themes

JAFSCD, INFAS, and eOrganic are calling for submissions that help reveal whether and in what ways research networks can help regenerative agriculture (including organic and sustainable agriculture) better deliver on its promise of providing enhanced social and environmental benefits.

We seek empirically based, transdisciplinary contributions at the intersection of scientific, policy, political, legal, practice, and civic arenas that validate regenerative agriculture practices that are ecologically and socially resilient. We are particularly interested in how transdisci­plinary research networks can foster food and farming systems that maximize social and environmental goods related to health, fairness, and care.

Examples of topics:

  • How to best use process-based standards (require continuous improvement with trans­parent ‘plan-do-check’ reporting) or practice-based standards (e.g., the National Organic Standard) to best document and achieve goals of health, fairness, and care.
  • How systems-based and participatory networks can increase the societal value of research and breeding.
  • How to support participatory research that adheres to organic principles (health, fairness, care).
  • How the excluded methods framework (i.e., no use of genetically modified organisms and non-natural materials) aligns or does not align with public wants for agriculture.
  • How research networks can empower participants to achieve equity and justice goals.

All manuscripts require presubmission review and approval by the special issue guest editors. To express interest in submitting for the special issue, complete the JAFSCD query form.

Note that JAFSCD’s article publication charge (APC) of US$750 will be covered by the sponsors for approximately 12 papers accepted for the special issue.

Questions? Email the lead special issue guest editor, Jessica Guarino

Special issue guest editors:

Jessica Guarino, LL.M, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Julie Dawson, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Carmen Ugarte, Assistant Research Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Michelle Wander, Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Alice Formiga, Assistant Professor (Practice), Oregon State University

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About the Sponsors

The Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability (INFAS) connects food system scholars, educators, and action-researcher activists across the United States to catalyze frontier work in food systems research, higher education, extension, and institutional change; increase our capacity to help build U.S. food system resilience, sustainability, and equity; raise the visibility of research-based insights into food system problems and solutions; and diversify who is doing academic and action-focused research, education, and extension.

eOrganic is the Organic Agriculture Community of Practice (CoP) for the Extension Foundation (formerly eXtension). eOrganic is dedicated to the publication of reliable information about certified organic farming in a variety of media formats on its public website. eOrganic’s virtual community and online collaborative workspace supports university researchers, extension educators, farmers, certifiers, and agricultural professionals across the U.S. as they network, communicate, collaborate, learn, and work together on organic agriculture projects.

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is the world’s only peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal focused on the community development aspects of food and farming. JAFSCD uses a double-blind peer review process with expert reviewers who include research­ers, scholars, and food systems professionals in the field. It emphasizes best practices and tools related to the planning, community economic development, and ecological protection of local and regional agriculture and food systems, and works to bridge the interests of practitioners and academics.

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Call for Papers in a Special Section of JAFSCD

Justice and Equity Approaches to College and University Student Food (In)Security

Presubmission Review Submission Deadline: February 28, 2022

Final Manuscript Deadline: March 15, 2022

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Complete JAFSCD’s query form to receive a presubmission review and invitation to formally submit.

Section Sponsor: Interinstitutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability (INFAS)

Special Section Co-Editors

  • Rachael Budowle, Assistant Professor of Community Resilience and Sustainability, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming
  • Christine Porter, Wyoming Excellence Chair and Professor of Community and Public Health, Division of Kinesiology and Health, University of Wyoming; INFAS Executive Committee Chair
  • Caitlin McLennan, MA Student, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University; former University of Wyoming Food Security Taskforce student co-coordinator

Food insecurity rates among students at public and private colleges and universities typically range from 22% to 50%.[1] Students who experience food insecurity are more likely to have anxiety and depression, poorer physical health,[2] lower GPAs,[3] higher drop-out rates,[4] and housing insecurity and homelessness[5] than their food-secure peers.

Both research- and practice-based approaches have explored these student outcomes and the prevalence of student food insecurity within and across colleges and universities. Colleges and universities are also implementing strategies to reduce student food insecu­rity, including food pantries, meal swipe sharing, growing food on campus, alerts for recov­ering good food from events and dining centers, and subsidized or at-cost grocery stores.

As the cost of attending college continues to increase, postgraduation employment be­comes more uncertain and insecure, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges, student food insecurity may become a far less temporary condition associated with the college experience. Moreover, members of historically marginalized and under­represented student populations may be at greater risk for experiencing food insecurity.

The wide-ranging, ongoing, and severe challenge of student food insecurity requires systemic solutions and exploration. Scholarship on student food security has largely lacked the systemic and justice-based lenses that have long been applied to broader understandings of food (in)security. Accordingly, we seek empirical and practical contributions that explore topics including but not limited to:

  • Underlying factors contributing to student food insecurity
  • What groups within student populations tend to have higher rates of food insecurity
  • Equity-based approaches to supporting food security for and with historically marginalized and underrepresented student populations
  • Student-led approaches to addressing food insecurity
  • Novel, radical, and systemic approaches for addressing student food insecurity that seek to move beyond emergency support strategies, such as pantries
  • Dignity-based, sharing, and stigma-reducing strategies for student food security
  • Community-university/town-gown partnerships for addressing student food insecurity

This section draws inspiration from both JAFSCD’s Equity Agenda and the INFAS Statement on Equity in the Food System.

All manuscripts require presubmission review and approval by the special section guest editors. Complete the JAFSCD query form by February 28, 2022. This step will include uploading your research article manuscript, policy or practice brief, or commentary. If your presubmission manuscript is approved for consideration in the special section, you will receive a link to submit it to JAFSCD’s editorial management system.

Questions? Email section guest editors Rachael Budowle and Christine Porter. Read more about JAFSCD’s manuscript guidelines.

JAFSCD and INFAS have partnered to produce special sections such as this one that are guest-edited by INFAS members and further the missions of both organizations. Joining INFAS is free. INFAS supports JAFSCD as a national partner, making an annual contribution to JAFSCD as a community-supported journal that is freely accessible to all, worldwide.


[1] Elder, A. (2018). Food access and dignity among University of Wyoming students [Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Wyoming].

[2] Payne-Sturges, D. C., Tjaden, A., Caldeira, K. M., Vincent, K. B., & Arria, A. M. (2018). Student hunger on campus: Food insecurity among college students and implications for academic institutions. American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(2), 349–354.

[3] Maroto, M. E., Snelling, A., & Linck, H. (2015). Food insecurity among community college students: Prevalence and association with grade point average. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(6), 515–526.

[4] Dubick, J., Matthews, B., & Cady, C. (2016). Hunger on campus: The challenge of student food insecurity for college students. College and University Food Bank Alliance, National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, Student Government Resource Center, & Student Public Interest Research Groups.

[5] Silva, M. R., Kleinert, W. L., Sheppard, A. V., Cantrell, K. A., Freeman-Coppadge, D. J., Tsoy, E., Roberts, T., & Pearrow, M. (2017). The relationship between food security, housing stability, and school performance among college students in an urban university. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 19(3), 284–299.