Dr. Lisa Trocchia is Associate Faculty in the Sustainable Food Systems graduate program at Prescott College. She is also a network facilitator and consultant offering support in network communication and design, self-organizing, horizontal leadership, and visual storytelling. Lisa holds an interdisciplinary PhD in the Social Ecology of Food. She explores food-based social ecosystems from multiple perspectives, including Communication Studies, Sociology, Political Theory, and the study of networks and complex adaptive systems. Dr. Trocchia is a sensory ethnographer. She researches and writes about the performance of cultural foodways, food and the transmission of affect, and she examines the social ecologies of community-based food systems as sites of participatory and transformative change.
Recent activities include facilitating and co-designing a multi-phase, 20-month network building project with the Alaskan Food Policy Council. The project provides network education centering equity and diversity and includes asset-mapping workshops with 13 communities across the state. It develops and implements a state-wide social system mapping project and provides qualitative and quantitative mapping analysis and community-based sense-making sessions. The goal of the project is to build stronger more diverse and inclusive regional food system partnerships that will support the capacity for self-organized multi-tiered networks to co-design a 10-year food policy plan for the state.