About Alissa

Alissa Bilfield is a lecturer and researcher at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received her PhD from Tulane University in Public Health, with a focus on food systems and sustainable nutrition. She received her BA from Vanderbilt University in Political Science and her MSc in Environment and Development from The London School of Economics. Her professional and academic work intersects at the nexus of food, health, and the environment. Her research interests include sustainable food systems, ethical consumerism, climate change adaptation and food sovereignty, and gender equity in agriculture.

Agriculture, Food, and Human Values
Annual Conference, 2019
International Social Innovation Research Conference, 2019



4S Food & Technology, 2019


Social Entrepreneurship Research

My research focuses on collective agricultural entrepreneurship and supply chain transparency. My most recent work has focused on gender equity, food sovereignty, and agricultural entrepreneurship in the context  a fairtrade organic agricultural cooperative with 1/3 female membership, whose supply chain extends from Guatemala to the global marketplace. I am in the formative stages of beginning a parallel project with a fairtrade organic tea federation in Sri Lanka. The goal of this research is to inform the development of more equitable business models, and agricultural policies and programs

Community-based Education

As one of the co-founders of The Cookbook Project, I have had the opportunity to train community-based leaders in 22 different countries and 35 US states as Food Literacy Educators. These amazing educators work in their own communities with youth and their families, using food culture and cooking as a lens for teaching about the connection between food, health, and the environment.