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SPARC Environmental Justice Lab

We spark a diversity of networks between and within communities and the University towards catalyzing and amplifying environmental justice

The SPARC Environmental Justice Lab at the University of Utah is a collaborative of engaged faculty, students, community members, and scholars who are committed to enacting principles of community-based participatory research to understand issues of social and environmental health and co-create strategies to achieve justice.


Read The SPARC Spring 2022 Newsletter Here


The SPARC Environmental Justice (EJ) Lab is based on the follow commitments:

Student Pathways

Action Research and knowledge generation

Critical Community Engagement

Student Pathways are the foundation of the SPARC EJ Lab. We view training and mentoring as part of the research process. Student participants are learning, developing, and critically engaging in ways that promote ongoing reflection, empowerment, and social change. The term ‘pathways’ reflects a long-term commitment to a thematic area over several student cohorts. Student pathways begin with community-based participatory research and may lead to theses, dissertations, or paid positions that produce community-facing outputs and more academically-oriented scholarship. Opportunities to mentor the next group of students participating in community-engaged research are embedded into each Lab project.

Action Research is a key element to all SPARC EJ lab projects as is the generation of knowledge. Research is designed by and with those taking action towards environmental justice. We are committed to contributing to processes of the development of applied and theoretical material, which includes both community-facing outputs and traditional academic scholarship. We value experiences and knowledge of community and faculty researchers. Our research outcomes are designed to be accessible and available to inform policy and change-making at multiple scales, from community initiatives to nonprofit programs, mutual aid projects, and municipal bodies such as city councils, school boards, and state legislatures.

Critical community engagementSPARC EJ lab projects aim to avoid the ahistorical and nonpolitical approaches that have traditionally characterized social science and ecological research. These projects work in a research paradigm that sees research as a product of both community expertise and interdisciplinary academic training. Community members, who have historically been disempowered by extractive research processes, are positioned as co-researchers and direct beneficiaries of the products and processes of the engaged research.

With 6 active focus areas (food, water access and quality, air quality, urban unsheltered homelessness, educational equity, and energy sovereignty) and sixteen active projects, the SPARC EJ lab is currently a collaboration of 8 community partners, 13 graduate and undergraduate students, and 7 faculty members and post-doctoral researchers. Because projects are co-constructed through community relationships, our initiatives often lead to new questions, projects, and explorations.

Projects embedded in the interdisciplinary SPARC EJ lab must embody all of the commitments above.  View our typical workflow here.


  • The SPARC Environmental Justice Lab views training and mentoring as part of the research process. Collectively we have more knowledge than we do as individuals. We foster the development of shared knowledge and team problem solving, through regular meetings, where each member reports on successes, challenges, and problems. We share suggestions and experiences to assist each other and to increase investment in each other’s work. This nurturing space fosters creativity and fosters working together, helping bridge relations between the university and the community. It also ensures that the research projects remain focused on community benefit. 
  • Students are trained in a variety of methods, depending upon the needs of specific projects. They are immersed in learning about community-engaged research and meet with community members to develop specific research projects and to define goals. Previously trained graduate students help coordinate the different components of a research project, working with community members, students, and scholars. In this peer mentoring is employed, as graduate students assist one another and undergraduate students. This structure helps establish continuity to maintain training and mentoring, as well as progress on the various projects. Students who want to continue working on these projects--whether as advanced undergraduate or graduate students--help train and mentor the next group of students participating in community-engaged learning.




Food Justice Projects


SLC Westside Environmental Justice Story Mapping—Examining how political and economic practices have contributed to food apartheid and environmental injustice in Salt Lake City's Westside, students and community practitioners are creating a comprehensive story map to make this information available to planners and policy makers.  

MAGIC Garden Research: COVID and Beyond—
Exploring justice and resilience as emergent properties of the local Mutual Aid Garden at Iverson and Conway, students and faculty use both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the impacts of this initiative for community partners. 

Refugee Foodways for Health Equity—
Recognizing that resistance to cheap and convenient food may be best built around understanding the ways in which food acts as a relational device that builds both identity and community, this research seeks to understand and support cultural foodways in working towards health. 

Growing Educational Pathways for Food Sovereignty—
Given that garden spaces have been effectively used to build community and restore health, this action research project has launched a reciprocal gardening program between the University of Utah’s campus gardens and Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families to create pathways for marginalized students to attend the University of Utah. Researchers will explore the role that gardens based in food sovereignty can play in retention of diverse students from marginalized populations. 

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Education Projects

Glendale Voices—This project began three years ago to better understand the experience of students bussed from their neighborhoods on the westside to attend East High School.  Data are now informing the SLC Education Collective community school initiatives.

Community Learning Centers (CLCS) play an important role in advancing equity across the country and in our own community.  At a national level CLCS are designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and/or low-performing schools. Here we explore how our local CLCs are experienced by active community members.

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Energy Sovereignty Projects

Mapping Energy Sovereignty—Understanding the history of Utah Diné Bikéyah in light of current management practices that threaten critical energy resources for inhabitants by limiting areas for wood collection while also allowing for fossil field extraction both on the reservation and on surrounding public lands, provides an interesting context for understanding public lands as a tool of colonization.  It also provides context for reimagining an energy system based in native sovereignty on a local scale and energy democracy on a broader scale.

Energy Sovereignty—Energy sovereignty entails understanding and having access to the preferred type of energy e.g., biomass, solar, coal. This project engages students with our Diné partners using interviews and chapter house discussions to better understand energy preferences, uses, and cultural significance.

Energy Democracy in Puerto Rico—Energy democracy seeks to ensure that the energy transition is as just, democratic, and equitable as possible. This project works with community groups and academics in Puerto Rico to study how people communicate about energy transition in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria exposed major flaws in the status quo energy system in Puerto Rico, resulting in up to 329 days without power for some Puerto Rico communities. An electricity grid vulnerable to disasters (hurricanes and earthquakes), years of mismanagement of Puerto Rico’s state energy utility, dependence on imported coal and natural gas, and a colonial relationship withthe United States have all contributed to an energy crisis in the archipelago. Puerto Rico is at an energy crossroad: powerful corporate forces are seeking to reform the system by rebuilding the status quo grid and importing more natural gas; and community groups are working toward transforming the system toward distributed solar, micro-grids, and democratic decision making. This project uses media analysis, ethnographic fieldwork, interviewing, and document analysis to not only understand ongoing energy issues in Puerto Rico but also to use the tools of engaged research to promote a democratic and just energy transition.

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Unsheltered Homelessness Projects

Urban Camping—Salt Lake City has faced increasing numbers of visible open encampments in downtown core. These encampments are characterized by uneven enforcement and displacements from legal and health department authorities this is an ongoing project to map these encampments and understand their spatial and temporal dynamics and the factors that underpin this complex issue.

Environmental Disamenities & Homelessness—Human waste and intravenous needles are often associated with homeless encampments yet there is very little direct evidence of the prevalence and concentration of these disamenities. Researchers are involved in observation and training around these phenomena.  These data will be used to inform policy and broader narratives around the environmental justice aspects of unsheltered homelessness.

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Water & Air Quality Projects


Air Quality and Sound Walls on the Westside—Sound walls along highways have been known not only to reduce sound but also to safeguard air quality yet sound walls are not evenly distributed along socioeconomic criteria.  Mapping sound walls and measuring their impact on air quality may help make the case for more thoughtful and equitable distribution.

Air Quality and Recess Policy—This project investigates recess policies during inversions at title 1 v. non-title 1 schools. You will learn what sorts of policies different schools have regarding keeping children, especially medically sensitive children, indoors at recess or PE classes during bad air quality events. We will investigate how the school determines daily air quality, which children are targeted, how parents are informed, and what steps parents must take in order to ensure their children are kept indoors. We also try to learn what indoor options are provided to children kept indoors during recess.

Air Quality Monitoring & Education—This project includes visits to (6th grade +) science classrooms to provide an educational lesson about air quality monitoring and to build indoor particulate matter sensors with Lego building blocks.

Air Quality Access Project—In recent years, cities and states have been creating Clean Air Rooms to provide the public with a space to retreat to during periods of acute air pollution exposure. In this project, students will collaborate with the Glendale Library to provide clean air resources to their patrons, including creating a Clean Air Room, installing air quality sensors, and providing 30 DIY air purifiers for home use and participate in the Breathe Clean Air Festival to advocate for clean air statewide.

Water Quality & Access Along the Jordan River—With increasing encampments along the Jordan River, water quality in the river and potable water access along the Jordan River take on new environmental justice dimensions. Mapping access points and water quality may inform policy and infrastructure investments along the Jordan.

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 Researchers & Project Advisors



Adrienne Cachelin, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

"The SPARC lab has provided me the opportunity to collaborate with community researchers collecting data to inform environmental justice locally while creating educational pathways for students. Working with community partners and students to pursue research projects that shape graduate and undergraduate experiences while shaping local systems is the best part of my job"


Brett Clark , Sociology
—Qualitative Methods Research Advisor

"The community research projects being pursued within the SPARC EJ Lab consistently inspire me, given the transformative insights and the pragmatic actions generated through the work. Additionally, it has been wonderful to learn so much from the students and colleagues within the lab."


Brian Codding, Anthropology
—Applied Quantitative Research Advisor

"SPARC EJ provides an incredible framework to integrate student scholars, community partners, and university researchers on an even field where everyone can work together to solve common problems. This model elevates everyone involved as we all learn from one another in the process of conducting applied research around environmental justice."


Danielle Endres, Communication
Energy Sovereignty Projects Research Advisor

"I’ve engaged with environmental justice as a guiding framework in my research for years and have worked informally with community organizers and practitioners in projects on nuclear decolonization on Indigenous lands, climate activism, and energy democracy. As I embark on a new project that seeks to engage in more formalized community engagement methods and bring more undergraduate students into the research project, I am grateful for the SPARC EJ Lab’s networks, models, and collaborations that will deepen the centrality of tangible environmental justice outcomes from my project."


Gilberto "Juan" Rejón Magana

Coach and Executive Director,
Hartland Partnership for Youth and Families

"Hartland Community for Youth and Families (HC4YF) is a community development organization that addresses the needs of Salt Lake County’s underserved, at-risk and underrepresented population, including people who have refugee and immigrant backgrounds or identify as Latino/a. We are excited to partner with the SPARC EJ Lab on the Growing Educational Pathways for Food Sovereignty program because this program supports HC4YF's mission to provide a pathway to college for Salt Lake County’s at-risk and underserved youth."


Jarred Martinez

Education Partnership Manager,
University Neighborhood Partners (UNP)

"University Neighborhood Partners has been working with the SPARC EJ Lab and ENVST students for several years on education pathways projects, and we are now excited to co-launch the Growing Educational Pathways for Food Sovereignty program. This multi-faceted course will be co-taught by community residents and SPARC members, taking place in various learning and community garden spaces both in our local school community and at the university. We look forward bringing together high-school youth, with local and university knowledge-holders, to explore and enhance how place, food-justice and belonging at the U of U campus are connected."


Jeff Rose, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
—Unsheltered Homelessness Research Projects Advisor

"Working with students, faculty, and community collaborators through the SPARC EJ Lab has really heightened existing environmental justice projects, and also catalyzed new ones. The students are insightful and critical, and they are eager to dive in experientially to these projects. I have also learned a bunch about the other projects that are going on in the lab, broadening my understanding of environmental justice."


Jennifer Shah, Geography & Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Water Quality Research Projects Advisor

"As an ecosystem ecologist and freshwater scientist who dabbles in urban design, EJ is a newer dimension of my research. I recognize its importance through observations of people using urban rivers in a variety of ways, including the provisioning of basic necessities.  I also have been inspired by students who are passionate about building better cities for all residents – whether home is a building or simply the place and the community of people with whom one resides. Working with the SPARC EJ lab, I have been able to solidify community connections and create pathways for students engaging in community-based research."


Kate Magargal, Anthropology
— Postdoctoral researcher, Energy Sovereignty Projects Lead

"I am a researcher and educator who works with communities and land management agencies on issues of land tenure and energy sovereignty. I started working with students on community engaged research projects in 2017. By synthesizing diverse perspectives, my goal is to identify appropriate questions and methods for research in support of community-lead solutions to inequality in the production and distribution of energy. The unique curiosity and perspective of students enhances community relationships, adding depth to the connections made throughout the research process. The SPARC EJ lab facilitates such important relationships between students, communities, and researchers."



Keri Taddie

Coordinator, Glendale Mt. View Community Learning Center
Member, Education Collective SLC

"The Glendale Mt. View Community Learning Center has been working with the University of Utah’s Environmental Justice program to promote educational equity and food justice in the Glendale community for 8 years. Through the SPARC EJ Lab, we have partnered with students at the University of Utah to better understand the role that community centers play in advancing equity, how our residents experience community centers, and how the CLC can be a partner in garden based education for food justice."


Leah Joyner, California State University, Sacramento
—Food Projects Research Advisor

My involvement in the SPARC Lab began in 2017 as a graduate student enrolled in the Food Justice course (ENVST 5558), through which I co-launched a CEL project that explores the connections between urban agriculture and food equity in SLC. Since 2017, I have worked with EJ lab students, faculty, and community partners to grow several related food-justice projects. After graduating from the University of Utah, I joined California State University, Sacramento in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration where I am excited to continue collaborating with the SPARC EJ Lab.

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Sierra Govett
IRC Community Garden Specialist,
International Rescue Committee

"The IRC partnered with the SPARC EJ Lab in 2019 to launch the New Roots Foodways for Health Equity Project, a collaborative photovoice research project developed by students and community members. Throughout 2020, several New Roots program members participated as co-researchers by taking photographs documenting food and its role in their lives to respond to the question: “What role does food play in your life?” The group used cameras to answer these questions, combining photos with words sharing their own individual stories. Co-researchers discussed the messages and themes they wanted to present and made a final selection of pictures representing their answer to the research question. In this way, the results of the photovoice project represent the group’s message about how food builds both identity and community. This exhibit is currently on display at the Glendale-Mountainview Community Learning Center."


Søren Simonsen
Executive Director, Jordan River Commission

"The Jordan River Commission collaborates with the University of Utah’s Environmental Justice Lab and other community partners to better understand and respond to the situations of people experiencing homelessness, especially those who are drawn to Jordan River as a place of refuge. We work with local, state and national partners to find long-term solutions for permanent housing and supportive services to improve their lives and living conditions. We are currently supporting student researchers as they survey, interview, and engage with this hard-to-reach population so that we can collectively envision sustainable relationships for both people, and the sensitive and heavily impacted environment surrounding the Jordan River."


Salt Lake City Dept. of Sustainability

"Our office is currently working with students on two projects related to food equity in SLC. In one project, students are ground truthing data that will be used to help improve tools for public administrators and policymakers better to understand the various factors influencing food security across the city, identify areas with the highest risk for food insecurity, and inform policy and program interventions to support equitable food security and access for all residents. Students will also be working with us to research how food policy councils across the country can support urban agriculture, while protecting from unintended consequences such as gentrification."



University of Utah Edible Campus Gardens

"The Edible Campus Gardens have been working with students from the University of Utah’s Environmental Justice Lab for the past several years to explore how we can continue to implement an increasingly inclusive landscape and crop variety that is welcoming to a diversity of students. Through the SPARC EJ Lab our garden stewards have been able to connect their work to the visions of our community partners and we are looking forward to co-launching the Growing Gardens Growing Communities program."



Wood Hauling and Native Livelihoods Research Collective

"On some parts of tribal lands in the US four-corners region, up to 80% of people depend on wood harvested from nearby forested tribal and federal public lands for their daily needs. Our research collaborative works with community partners such as Utah Diné Bikeyah and the Bureau of Land Management to better understand aspects of the cultural and economic importance of this access to wood, and how we can plan for future access. Since 2018 we have engaged with students from the SPARC EJ Lab in fieldwork, data collection and analysis, and through community outreach and presentation of findings."



Current Student and Staff Project Leads and Advisors


Blanca Yagüe, Anthropology
Food Research Projects Lead

"I am an Anthropology PhD student doing dissertation work with Indigenous peoples living in and transitioning to urban spaces in the Colombian Amazon, where I study and support food sovereignty processess. I joined the Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice Lab in 2017 when I took the Food Justice course, ENVST 5558, as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability program.  Apart from all the collaborative work I have done in Salt Lake City with Leah Joyner and Adrienne Cachelin, I have been conducting a food ethnography of the East Central neighborhood in Ogden for Weber State University and OgdenCAN to understand peoples' relationship to food.  As an activist academic, and I am part of different gardening and food justice iniatives and movements."



Casey Mullen, Sociology
Air Quality Research Projects Lead

"Casey Mullen is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include environmental justice, social vulnerability to hazards/disasters, environmental health disparities, and community-based participatory research. Her engagement with ENVST's Environmental Justice Lab began in the Fall of 2018 when she served as a TA for the course and worked with students on a variety of projects. Casey's dissertation research involves a mixed-methods approach in order to examine the impact of air pollution on understandings and behaviors associated with the use of personal air quality sensors. As an air quality projects lead, Casey is currently working with community partners and SPARC Lab students to explore air quality and implications for environmental justice in the Salt Lake Valley."


Ellenor Chi
, Medicine
—Food Projects Researcher

"I joined the Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice Lab in early 2021, assisting with qualitative coding for Urban Agriculture and Mutual Aid: COVID & Beyond. Currently, I am working on that project and Westside Mapping and the Creation of Food Apartheid. I am a medical student at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah and expect to graduate in the spring of 2024. As I progress through my career and begin to practice as a physician, I hope to always recognize and bring awareness to environmental justice issues. They are undoubtedly a matter of public health."


jess cuello

Jessica Cuello
, Environmental & Sustainability Studies
EJ Peer Mentor Educator, Food Projects Researcher

"I am an Environmental and Sustainability Studies major, minoring in Political Science, with expected graduation in Spring 2022. My involvement with the EJ lab began during the Fall 2021 semester through ENVST 3365 Urban Agriculture CEL project. Through this project, I was able to learn about local food injustices that communities from the Westside of the Salt Lake Valley face. Exploring the issues of food justice through qualitative research has allowed me to gain critical research skills and be a part of a collaborating team of faculty members and students. I am excited to continue to be involved in this project during Spring 2022 as a UROP recipient. This work supports my future goals of working with the most underserved and underrepresented communities of Salt Lake City to bring an environmental justice focus to local policymaking."


Madelyn Poston
, Environmental & Sustainability Studies
SPARC EJ Lab Graphic Designer, Environmental Justice Peer Mentor

"I joined the SPARC lab in Spring of 2021 through ENVST 3365. I worked with a lot of awesome people interviewing community gardens throughout the Intermountain West where we analyzed different practices gardens implemented to make their spaces more equitable. I continued my involvement with the SPARC lab this Fall by becoming a peer TA for ENVST 3365. I will be graduating December of 2021 with a degree in Graphic Design and minors in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Spanish. This fall, I was excited to be able to blend two of my passions by designing the logo for SPARC. I hope to continue to combine all my studies to work towards a more environmentally just future."



Meghan Burrows, City and Metropolitan Planning
SPARC EJ Lab Web Designer, Food Projects Researcher

"My involvement in the EJ lab began in 2019 as a peer mentor for the Environmental Justice course. My involvement continued through work as a CEL TA and through UROP as a student engaged with the Youth Environment and Belonging project. Since that time I have been working on a community guerilla gardening project in the Central City neighborhood of Salt Lake City.  I am currently in the Master of City and Metro Planning Program at the University of Utah and expect to graduate in 2023."



Nicolas Hernandez
, Communication
—Energy Democracy Researcher

"I joined the Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice Lab in 2021 and will be working with undergraduate students on a project related to energy democracy in Puerto Rico. I am currently beginning fieldwork for my dissertation on the discourse of just energy transitions and energy democracy in Puerto Rico. My previous experience working with marine biologists, human geographers, and civil engineers has given me a great appreciation for collaborative interdisciplinary research projects. I look forward to working with students in the lab who will assist with data analysis and perhaps grow into co-researcher roles in this project."


Talula Pontuti, Geography
—Food Projects Researcher

"Currently, I am a master's student in the Department of Geography studying food justice, agriculture, and climate change with goals of focusing on mixed methods community-driven research. I have worked on food-related projects at the city level, worked for nonprofits doing urban agriculture, and have been involved with other community-based programs. The SPARC Lab has given me the opportunity to be the Graduate Student Lead on their Corner Store project—focusing on food access and supply chains for corner stores in Ogden, Utah. This project is in partnership with the Ogden Food Council and the United Way of Northern Utah. I look forward to the continuation of relationship building with our community and students."



Emerging Alumni Leaders


Kim Yapias
, University Neighborhood Partners

"I got started in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice lab during my last semester at the U through the ENVST 3365 class, where I worked on the Growing Educational Pathways for Food Sovereignty Project. Little did I know it would be one of my most impactful experiences as an undergrad. This project continues to grow and develop, with an end goal of creating a permanent gardens course that will be offered to high schoolers in Glendale. I am excited for the future projects that this lab will develop because as a student involved in now of the projects it's amazing how much impact and progress could be made in a semester. It excites me that this project that started as a brainstorming session in January can turn into a program that brings the community together in the form of gardening, mentorship, and education access."


Sarah Tabak , Northern Arizona University

"My involvement in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice Lab began in 2019 as a peer mentor for the Environmental Justice course(ENVST 3365). In 2020 my involvement continued through work as a CEL TA. I was also involved with the New Roots Foodways for Health Equity project and the Intermountain West Community Gardens Inclusivity research project. Within that time,  I graduated with degrees in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Geography. I am currently in the Sustainable Communities M.A. Program at Northern Arizona University and work as the graduate student coordinator for the NAU campus gardens."




Community Presentations:

Joyner, L., Yagüe, B., Cachelin, A. A Community-Based Approach to Food Equity & Local Food Systems. Utah Farmers Market Network Community of Practice. October 2021. 

Joyner, L., Yagüe, B., Cachelin, A. Resilience, Urban Farms, and COVID-19. Utah Department of Agriculture and Local Food Advisory Council. October 2020. 

Joyner, L., Yagüe, B., Cachelin, A. Towards Food Sovereignty in Salt Lake City. Slow Foods Utah Presentation. 2020.

Academic Presentations:

Cachelin, A., Joyner, L., Yagüe, B. Urban Farms, Resilience, and COVID-19: Towards Food Sovereignty in Salt Lake City. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, April 2021. 

Nicolosi, E. Cachelin, A. The value of community-based research in critical environmental justice pedagogy and practice. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April, 2018. 

Joyner, L., Yagüe, B., Cachelin, A. Syndemics: Exploring Food apartheid and COVID-19 through community-informed praxis in Salt Lake City. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, April 2021. 

Yagüe, B., Joyner, L., Cachelin, A. Urban Food Justice through Community Campus Partnerships: A Case Study in Salt Lake City’s Westside. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Spokane, WA. September 2019.


Community Outreach Publications:

Cachelin, A. (Ed.). (2015). Savor: Stories of Community, Culture, & Food. Salt Lake Education Foundation.
*Note: Above link is an excerpt, not entire publication

Cachelin, A., Christian, P., Goeckeritz, K. (2022). Glendale Voices: Understanding Student Perspectives on the High School Experience. SPARC Environmental Justice Lab. Salt Lake City, UT

Joyner, L., Cachelin, A.,Yagüe, B. (2022). Increasing Food Sovereignty: Insights from Salt Lake City Farmers and Food Advocates. Research summary and report prepared for SPARC Environmental Justice Lab, Salt Lake City, UT. University of Utah.

Yagüe, B., Joyner, L., Cachelin, A., Lackey, Q., Unruh, S., Maack, L., Wason, P.  (2020). Urban Farms and Food Access in the Glendale Community. Project report prepared for Backyard Urban Gardens Salt Lake City, UT. University of Utah.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Anatunes, A., Cachelin, A., Folau, M., Fitisemanu, L., Hart, S., Kuttner, P., Salcedo, A. (in press) Establishing Principles for Community-Based Research: Story & Power in the Community Research Collaborative. 

Carter, D., & Cachelin, A., (2018). The consumer costs of food certification: A pilot study and research opportunities. Journal of Consumer Affairs. 

Cachelin, A., and Nicolosi, E. (2020). Critical community-engaged pedagogies: Transforming the experience of environmental justice education. Environmental Education Research. 

Cachelin, A., (2020). Nourishing a sense of place: Refugee foodways in the New West. In Eliason, E., McNeill, L. & Edison, C. (Eds). This is the plate: Utah Food Traditions. University of Utah Press. 

Cachelin, A., Ivkovich, L., Jensen. P., & Neild, M., (2019). Leveraging foodways for health and justice. Local Environment 24(5) 417-427.

Cachelin, A.,Rose, J., & Rumore, D. (2016) Leveraging place for critical sustainability education: The promise of participatory action research. Journal of Sustainability Education,  11-20. 

Joyner, L., Cachelin, A., Yagüe, B., Rose, J. (2022). Farms and gardens everywhere but not a bite to eat? A Critical Geographic Approach to Food Apartheid in Salt Lake City. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.

Magargal, K., Yellowman, J.,  Morning Star Chee*, S., Wabel, M.*, Macfarlan, S., Codding, B. (in prep) Political ecology of energy sovereignty on Navajo Nation. 

Magargal, K. Campbell, M. Dennison, P. Anderegg, W. Codding, B. (in prep) Trade-offs faced by Diné firewood harvesters. 

Rose, J. (2019). Unsheltered Homelessness in Urban Parks: Perspectives on Environment, Health, and Justice in Salt Lake City, Utah. Environmental Justice, 12.

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Last Updated: 11/29/22