Sophie Kelmenson - American Farmland Trust

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Sophie Kelmenson

AFT Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Women for the Land Initiative, National Programs, AFT Fellows Program, University of North Carolina

Sophie joined AFT in December of 2023 as a member of the AFT Research Fellows Program and the Women for the Land team. She is contributing her expertise in sustainable economic development in the food system, and understanding social drivers of agricultural resilience, particularly with respect to land transition, climate adaptation, and conservation practices, to develop peer-to-peer network and other adoption related resources for AFT’s Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities Projects. Sophie earned her Master of Arts and her PhD in city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she focused on understanding challenges to and from scaling up sustainable and equitable food systems in the United States. Currently, Sophie is a post-doctoral research fellow in the same department, and leads several projects looking at processes of innovation in sustainable food systems, and how they may pose new challenges and opportunities for creating equity and ecological resilience while bolstering rural economies.

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