Dr. Robyn Metcalfe is a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in the School of Human Ecology in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Director of Food+City, a non-profit organization that is a platform for a bold exploration of the global food system.
Food+City tells stories through its online and print magazine about how we feed cities for the purpose of igniting innovation. Its annual Food+City Challenge Prize attracts entrants around the globe that see opportunities to solve problems within the food distribution system.
Dr. Metcalfe’s past careers include two enterprises, a consulting company and a working conservation farm in Maine, editorial work and production management for Sunset Magazine, strategic planning with Arthur D. Little, Inc., and writing articles and books on a wide range of topics from food history to the theft of high technology. She is the author of Meat, Commerce and the City: The London Food Market, 1800-1855, published in 2012. She also founded Kelmscott Rare Breeds Farm and Foundation in Lincolnville, Maine where she actively conserved endangered breeds of livestock for ten years. .
She received her BA in American Studies from The University of Michigan and a MA and PhD from Boston University in History, with a concentration in Modern European food history.
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