1535 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
- Regional food systems
- Perennial cropping systems (hazelnuts, apples)
- Agriculture of the Middle (AOTM)
- Food freight
- Climate change
Michelle Miller works as a practicing economic anthropologist engaged in participatory action research. She holds degrees from the UW-Madison in landscape architecture (emphasis: regional planning and restorative ecology), and on sustainable development (emphasis: agriculture and food). While in school, she worked for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration program, assisting the development of farmer networks, was the DATCP program lead for “T x 2000” soil erosion control program, and worked on watershed projects. Once out of school, Michelle worked for World Wildlife Fund in the Great Lakes states and provinces on agricultural pollution prevention. For the last 20 years she has worked with fruit growers to assist them in their efforts to reduce pesticide risk and build regional markets. Current projects focus on agriculture of the middle and regional food economies, food transportation, supply chains, labor and land tenure, resiliency and climate change.
Michelle was born and raised in Wisconsin, a third generation Farmers Union member and a graduate of the Farmers Union Youth program. She worked on fruit and vegetable farms, in restaurants, and coffee houses in her teens and 20s. She is an active member of multiple cooperatives meeting health, banking, housing and grocery needs. She spent almost two decades studying Great Lakes ethnobotany with Keewaydinoquay, a Michigan Anishinabe Elder. Michelle was in the inaugural group of Donella Meadows Fellows to study system dynamics. She spent a lifetime dancing (ballet, folk, modern) and exploring improvisational arts. In addition to spending time in northern forests, Michelle enjoys water sports, biking, poetry, and frequenting museums. Michelle is married, with an aspiring biochemist son, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Qu, Y, Rao, J., Gao, S., Zhang, W.C., Su, Y., Miller, M., Morales, A., Huber, P. (submitted). FLEE-GNN: A Federated Learning System for Edge-Enhanced Graph Neural Network in Analyzing Geospatial Resiience of Multicommodity Food Flows”, ACM SIGSpatial 2023
Claire Lamine (INRAE), Eric Sabourin (CIRAD), Fabienne Barataud (INRAE), Tara Wight (LWA), Terry Marsden (Cardiff Un.), Paulo Niederle (UFRGS), Claudia Schmitt (UFRRJ), Adanella Rossi (Pisa Un.), Patrizia Pugliese (CIHEAM Bari), Sarah Loyd (CIAS UW-Madison), Michelle Miller (CIAS UW-Madison), Danièle Magda (INRAE) (submitted) “Supporting agroecological transitions in food systems: insights from a comparison of agrifood policies’ trajectories in 5 countries”, Agriculturas
Staples, A.J., Howard, P.H., Connor, D.S., Sirrine, J.R., Ostrom, M.R., Miller, M. (in review) “Apples to Advocacy: Evaluating Consumer Preferences for Hard Cider Policies”, Journal of Wine Economics.
Gwin, L., Miller, M., Lowe, E., Hoy, C., Cohen, N., Pirog, R, Tomich, T., Kelly, T. (submitted). “Resilience strategies for centers and institutes focused on food systems transformation”, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.
Clark, L., Luistro, A., Ares, G., Miller, M., Baraibar, M., Ncwadi, M. (submitted) “Global Action to End Hunger: Prospects for 2030”, Performance Research.
Miller, M., (at press) invited chapter “Foodsheds and Regional Food Systems”, in Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, 2nd edition. Section Editors: Marta Panero & Ziqian Dong
Tu, Y., Wang, X., Qui, R., Shen, HW, Miller, M., Rao, J., Gao, S., Huber, P., Hollander, A., Lange, M., Garcia, C., Stubbs, J. (2023). “An Interactive Knowledge and Learning Environment in Smart Foodsheds”.
Rao, J., Gao, S., Miller, M., Morales, A. (2022) “Measuring Network Resilience via Geospatial Knowledge Graph: a Case Study of the US Multi-Commodity Flow Network”. Geospatial Knowledge Graphs (GeoKG) https://geokg-sigspatial.github.io/geokg2022/GeoKG2022_papers/GeoKG_2022_paper_9797.pdf
Court, CD, Outerbridge, D., Baker, L., Birou, L., Campbell, C., DiGiacomo, G., Galindo, S., Lai, J., Magnier, A., Miller, M., Oliveira, GLT., Orlando, E., Peterson, HH., Qiao, X., Roka, F., Ropicki, A., Saha, BB., Stevens, AW., Shang, L. (accepted) “Pandemic Production: Impacts of COVID-19 on Florida’s fruit and vegetable industries”. Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization.
Miller, M., (in review) “Foodsheds and Regional Food Systems”, in Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, 2nd edition. Section Editors: Marta Panero & Ziqian Dong
Hikaru Hanawa Peterson, Gigi DiGiacomo, Lauri Baker, Christa Court, Michelle Miller, Li Zhang, Gustavo Oliveira, Andrew Stevens, Joseph Nowak, Eyrika Orlando, Bijeta Bijen Saha (accepted) “Impacts of COVID-19 on US food supply chain businesses: Regional survey results”. PLoSONE
David S. Conner, Heleene Tambet, Katherine Selting Smith, Marcia Ostrom, Robert Sirrine, Philip H. Howard, Michelle Miller (2022). “Apple Grower Research and Extension Needs for Craft Cider”. Hort Technology. https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTTECH04827-21
Anderson, M., Hoey, L. Hurst, P., Miller, M., Montenegro, M. (2022) INFAS Commentary: Debrief on the United Nations Food Systems Summit. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.112.008
Miller, M., (2021). “Big data, information asymmetry, and food systems”. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2021.111.017
Miller, M. (2021). “Identifying Critical Thresholds for Resilient Regional Food Flows: A Case Study from the U.S. Upper Midwest.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5 (2021): 371. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2021.684159.
Lengnick, L., Miller, M. and Marten, G. (2015) “Metropolitan Foodsheds: A Resilient Response to the Climate Change Challenge?” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. November 2015 DOI 10.1007/s13412-015-0349-2 L.
Miller, M., Anderson, M., Francis, C., Kruger, C., Barford, C., Park, J., & McCown, B. (2013). Critical research needs for successful food systems adaptation to climate change. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.016
Francis, C., Miller, M., Anderson, M., Creamer, N., Wander, M., Park, J., Green, T., & McCown, B. (2013). Food webs and food sovereignty: Research agenda for sustainability. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.010
Selected conference proceedings
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Innovations in the Food System: Exploring the Future of Food: Proceedings of a Workshop. On “Innovations in Food Logistics”, Washington, DC. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2020 https://doi. org/10.17226/25523
Miller, M., Day-Farnsworth, L. and Denicoff, M. (2015). Regional Food Logistics: a Stakeholder Process to Inform the Multi-system Redesign for Sustainability. Conference proceedings National Transportation Research Forum, March 2015.
Selected popular press articles
Jackson, R., Miller, M., Porter, P., Day-Farnsworth, L. (2017) “Agriculture can indeed fix our food system – if we reimagine it”. The Washington Post, October 26, 2017.
Critical thresholds for food flow in the Chicago region: Optimizing efficiency and diversity for resilience
Lab measures as a proxy for sensory tasting hard cider
KnowFOOD, “Smart Foodsheds” Webinar. (2023) https://cias.wisc.edu/news/smart-foodsheds-webinar/
Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg by Food Tank, “Ensuring equitable access to food supply chain data” Podcast. (2022). https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/303-michelle-miller-talks-about-ensuring-equitable/id1434128568?i=1000550652250
Univ of Wisconsin Department of Horticulture “Structural Racism in the U.S. Agricultural System”. “Wisconsin Agricultural History Through the lens of Immigrant Farmers at the Turn of the Last Century (1890-1930)” Webinar. (2022). https://global.cals.wisc.edu/webinars-for-hort375-structural-racism-in-the-u-s-agricultural-system-open-to-the-public/
Food + Tech Panel Discussion: Broadband Expansion in Rural Communities. Webinar. (2021). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZP5IEEBrcQ
Food and the Wisconsin Idea, “The Systems that Feed Us and What It Will Take to Change Them” Kate Clancy and Michelle Miller. Webinar. (2019). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yVx9OqKTcA&list=PL7_9KimO-uqo5M4nI6EOcsojUt8t1nBiR
Talking Freight: Food Deserts and the Logistics of Urban Food Transportation. “Market Access and Food Access: Two sides of the same coin”. Webinar. (2019). https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/april_2019/
SARE Our Farms, Our Future. Scaling Up Local Foods – Systems Thinking. Video. (2018). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQfixQOpevY&list=PLWlltQ6Oy0zrmTzQFH-FUThnEMqOphSS6&index=16&t=326s
NCR SARE Comparing Apples to Apples: Apples for Artisan Cider. Webinar. (2018). https://northcentral.sare.org/news/comparing-apples-to-apples-participatory-research-for-artisanal-cider-producers/
How Great Cities Are Fed: Transportation. Podcast. (2015). https://heritageradionetwork.org/episode/transportation
At the Core: Apple Growers of the Upper Mississippi
Stories from the Field – Eco-Potatoes
Stories from the Field – Eco-Apples
Stories from the Field – Local Food
Selected other publications
Miller, M., Holloway, W., Perry, E., Zietlow, B., Kokjohn, S., Lukszys, P., Chachula, N. Reynolds, A., and Morales, A. (2016). Regional Food Freight: Lessons from the Chicago Region. Project report for USDA-AMS, Transportation Division. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.21422.51522
Miller, M. and Lorenz, D. (2015). “Agriculture, transportation and climate change: Considering the future of agricultural freight transport in the Upper Mississippi River Valley” November 2015 on-line http://www.cias.wisc.edu/atcc/
Day-Farnsworth, L., McCown, B, Miller, M., Pfeiffer, A. (2009) Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food. UW-CIAS publication. http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5091489
ICICLE: Smart Foodsheds Use Case 11/2021-10/2026
Overcoming Obstacles in Hazelnut Production in the Upper Midwest 9/2019-8/2024
Grassland 2.0-Agroecological transformation to perennial grassland agriculture 9/2019 – 8/2024
Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises 9/20 – 9/23
Impacts and Implications of Transportation Networks on Food Distribution and Accessibility: Rural vs. Urban 8/21 – 8/23
FRESCH-Food Resilience through Engineered Supply Chains 7/2021-6/2023
Apple to glass: improving orchard profitability through developing regional craft ciders 6/18 – 4/23
Cover Crops, Water Quality, and Soil Health Research and Outreach 9/17 – 8/2022
Filling the Truck: Coordinating small supply chains for last mile efficiency 9/2018 – 9/2022
U.S. Food Flows: A Cold-Chain Network Analysis of Freight Movements to Inform Local and Regional Food Issues 8/2020 – 7/2022
Guest lecturer 2023
• Kim Wahl, Environmental Studies 402 / Agronomy 375 Systems Thinking, “Food systems and network theories”
• Holly Gibbs, Geography 309 People Land and Food, “Creating the Semantic Web for Smart Foodsheds”
Guest lecturer 2021
•Nan Enstad, CESoc 341, Labor in Global Food Systems
•Adena Rissman, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, Policy and Politics of Environmental Information. “Science in Policy and Politics: information systems meet food and environmental systems”
• Claudia Calderon, Horticulture 375 Structural Racism in the US Ag System “Wisconsin Agricultural History Through the Lens of Immigrant Farmers at the Turn of the Last Century (1890-1930)”
• Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Dept of Environmental Health & Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Food System Resilience to Disasters: COVID-19, Climate Change, and Beyond.”
• Applied learning event UW Grainger School of Supply Management, “The impact of COVID-19 on supply chains”
Guest lecturer 2020
• Holly Gibbs, Geography 309 People Land and Food “Unpacking Food Sovereignty”
• Nan Enstad, Community and Environmental Sociology 341, Labor in Global Food Systems “Supply chain and labor issues in the US”
• Michel Wattiaux, Animal and Dairy Science, 825 Ruminant Nutritional Physiology “Systems Research”
- Academic Staff Assembly (ASA)
- Ad Hoc Committee on Land Acknowledgements
- Executive Committee, Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability
- Chair, Organizational Development working group
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Transportation Research Board
- Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food Transportation]
- USDA NC1198 Agriculture of the Middle working group
2021 Friend of the Family Farm, Wisconsin Farmers Union
2011 Wisconsin Idea, University of Wisconsin
2005 Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Award, US Environmental Protection Agency
2003 Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Award, US Environmental Protection Agency