Stephen Sherwood (B.Sc. Penn State, M.P.S. Cornell, and Ph.D. Wageningen University) is an external researcher and guest lecturer at Wageningen's Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation Group. His formal academic training is in adult education, plant pathology, and the sociology of change. Previously, he was the Andes Regional Director at World Neighbors. He also has held positions at the International Potato Center (CIP) and Central America Coordinator at the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD).
Steve's academic contributions center on knowledge in practice, especially in the household, on the streets, and in social movements. Steve has lived and worked in Latin America (Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador) for 30 years and is co-founder of several agroecology and grassroots development initiatives, including Honduras’s Asociación Nacional para el Fomento de la Agroecología (ANAFAE), Ecuador’s Colectivo Agroecológico, and Groundswell International. Steve and his wife own a family-run organic farm and CSA in Ecuador, Granja Urkuwayku, where they work with members of national and regional grower and consumer food movements.
Steve’s research addresses the rising uncertainties associated with modernization in agriculture and food, examining people’s self-organized, self-harmful organization, as in mass pesticide poisoning, the erosion of seed systems and genetic diversity, overweight/obesity, and the proliferation of associated non-communicable, chronic diseases. Currently, Steve is leading a research program in human-nonhuman inter-subjectivity in soil management and emergent food networks to enable more regenerative agriculture and food in the highland Andes.