Cheryl Sjöström

PhD Candidate



Cheryl’s activities


I was born and raised in the United States and have lived most of my adult life in Sweden. My academic background is in Biology and Environmental Science before turning to the interdisciplinary subject of Sustainability Science. I currently live in Lund with my husband Stefan and son Filip. I also teach yoga at the training facility Gerdahallen and lead the children’s activity ‘volleybompa’ at Lunds Volleyball Club.

Research interests

Food insecurity is a complex challenge affecting billions of people worldwide, and is particuarly prevalent among smallholder farmers. My current PhD research is an investigation of smallholder food insecurity as part of a larger Global Food System, where I use concepts of power and discourse as my lens of analysis. Particularly, I consider a current discourse of agricultural modernization and how it frames problems and solutions of smallholder food insecurity as technical and managerial in nature. Fieldwork from the Millennium Villages Project in Malawi is used as a case example. I argue for the need to reframe food insecurity to reflect the political and relational nature of the problems and potential solutions surrounding smallholder food insecurity.


I am involved in teaching in a number of Masters-level courses at Lund University, most recently the Earth System Science course and Governance of Sustainability course at LUMES and the Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management course and Field Methods course at LUMID.

Papers and Publications

(available upon request)
Sjöström, C. (2010)
 Thoughts on food as food for thought: Socio-ecological implications of a dominant discourse on food security. Paper presented Dec 2009 at Agri4D Integrative Science Workshop in Uppsala, Sweden and revised and presented again May 2010 at A Brief Environmental History of Neoliberalism Conference in Lund, Sweden.

Sjöström, C. (2009) Development of the rural sector – Towards modernization or expropriation? Presented at Crisis and Capital Workshop in Lund, Sweden.

Prindiville, C. (2003) An Analysis of Industrialized Agriculture from the Local Perspective: Possibilities and Constraints to Sustainable Farming in Grundy County, Illinois. Master’s thesis, Lund University Masters Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES), Lund University

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