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Finlay MacGregor

PhD Candidate - Member of LUCID Research School

Current Research

My dissertation research explores the state and future of a food system’s sustainability by examining social, ecological, and economic implications of Direct Trade coffee; coffee being a case characterized by global reach, social movements, dubious colonial legacies, and already effected by climate change. My research uses Direct Trade as an entry point from which to investigate developments in the coffee system and the effects of ecolabels. I do this using a mix of qualitative and quantitative tools, within the academic field of sustainability science, and in cooperation with Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID).


My Master’s degree is in the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies with a focus on Human Ecology from the University of Gothenburg. I defended my thesis “Food and Uncertainty: Exploring food security resilience in the Kyrgyz Republic” in 2010. After graduating I worked in various projects as a research assistant in Human Ecology, Peace and Development, and MISTRA Urban Futures through the University of Gothenburg.


I currently teach the Systems Analysis module within the Sustainability Science course at Lund University’s International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES) and have done so for the last three years. I also contribute to teaching within Earth Systems Science (2011, 2012, 2013), Rural Systems (2013), and various methodology modules (2011, 2012, 2013). I have also lectured within the Lund University’s Master of Science Programme in International Development and Management, Master’s Programme in Asian Studies, and Bachelor of Science Programme in Urban and Regional Planning.

MSc students I supervised with date of completion and thesis title:

  1. Caitlin Kelliher. 2014. “From Farm to Fork: Proposed ‘food production node’ placements in the Upstate, South Carolina, to increase efficiency at local food system networks”
  2. Mervi Ukkonen. 2014.
  3. Erika Yates. 2014. “Can’t see the fruit for the trees: Why don’t people pick fruits? A case study on the norms, habits, and beliefs on fruit picking behavior in the city of Copenhagen”

MSc students I assisted in supervising:

  1. Jennifer Abb. 2014. “Increasing food consumption in Spain: An analysis of public policy support.”
  2. Jian Chen. 2014. “Corrupt Eco-Cities: Exploring green capitalism, neoliberal planning and corruption in China’s eco-city development.”
  3. Sarita Bhagat. 2012. “Sustainability and Organics: An explorative case study of the Swedish organic dairy sector from a sustainable marketing perspective.”

Outreach and Publications

FOCALI – LUCSUS Workshop on Forest Conservation, Agroforestry and Livelihoods. Lund, 10 June 2014. Presentation: “Coffee and Sustainability: A case study of Direct Trade coffee systems.”

Global Justice Now: Choose Justice! (Global Rättvisa Nu: Välj Rättvisa Nu!) Malmo & Lund, April 2014. Presentation and panel discussion: “Global Perspectives on Local Food Sovereignty and Security.”

5th Nordic Geographers’ Meeting. Reykjavik, 11-14 June 2013. Paper: “Politics of Land Appropriation.”

The Scale Problem in Earth System Science Workshop. Lund, 13-15 May 2013. Poster: “Tradeoffs in Food System Intensification in Tanzania.”

PACN Congress on Agricultural Productivity, Water and Waste. Addis Ababa, 26-27 November 2012. No paper presented.

Landscapes in a Carbon Focused World. Gothenburg, 26 October 2012. No paper presented.

Development Research Day: Climate and Development. Lund, 16 October 2012. Presentation: “Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Farms in Southern Ethiopia.”

Lund Conference on Earth System Governance – Towards Just and Legitimate Earth System Governance: Addressing Inequalities. Lund, 18-20 April 2012. No paper presented.

Global Food Security: Biophysical and Social Limits and Opportunities. Stockholm, 7 November 2011. No paper presented.


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Finlay MacGregor
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Doctoral student

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

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