Vincent Ricciardi

PhD Student
Liu Scholar
Four Year Fellowship Recipient


Research Interests: Agricultural landscapes, Development studies, Food security, Political ecology, Poverty alleviation, Resilience, Resource government and management, Sustainable intensification

Biography: Vincent Ricciardi is a PhD student in the department of Resource Management and Environmental Studies (RMES), Liu Scholar, and a UBC’s Four Year Fellowship recipient. Broadly, his research focuses on the intersection of sustainable agriculture, poverty alleviation, and land use change. Before attending UBC, he received his MSc degree in geography from Pennsylvania State University and worked as a research consultant throughout SE Asia and in Ghana. These experiences have allowed him to look at the larger processes surrounding food security issues and examine cross scale relationships. His dissertation research, supervised by Dr. Navin Ramankutty, is focused in India at the national, landscape, and farm scales to investigate: 1) What are the relationships between farm size, sustainability, and resilience? 2) What types of agricultural systems are viable in India’s future? 3) How do national and donor policies affect farm size and management practices?



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Recent Publications

Gill, T.B., Ricciardi, V., Bates, R., James, D. 2015. Capacity development in agricultural education and training in Cambodia: a capital assets analysis. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, In Review.

Tschakert, P., Ricciardi, V., Machado, M., Ferring, D., Smithwick, E. Hausermann, H., and Parker, E. 2015. Situated Knowledge of Pathogenic Landscapes in Ghana: Understanding the Emergence of Buruli ulcer through Qualitative Analysis. Social Science and Medicine. In Press.

Ricciardi, V. 2015. Homophily as a safety net: Investigating when smallholder farmers decide to buy hybrid seed in Northern Ghana. IK: Other Ways of Knowing, 1(2): 34-59.

Ricciardi, V. 2015. Social seed networks: identifying central farmers for equitable seed access. Agricultural Systems 139: 110-121.

Wu, J., Tschakert, P., Klutse, E., Ferring, D., Ricciardi, V., Hausermann, H., Oppong, J., Smithwick, E. A. 2015. Buruli Ulcer Disease and Its Association with Land Cover in Southwestern Ghana. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(6), e0003840. 

Gill, T.B., Bates, R., Bicksler, A., Burnette, R., Ricciardi, V., Yoder, L. 2013. Strengthening Informal Seed Systems to Enhance Food Security in Southeast Asia. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 3(3): 139-153.

Bates, R., Gill, T.B., Bicksler, A., Yoder, L., Burnette, R., and Ricciardi, V. 2013. Designing Strategies and Systems to Identify, Preserve and Promote Underutilized Indigenous Crop Species. Acta Horticulturae. 979: 569-576.

Bicksler, A., Bates, R., Burnette, R., Gill, T.B., Yoder, L., Ricciardi, V. and Srigiofun, Y. 2012. Methodologies for strengthening informal indigenous vegetable seed systems in Northern Thailand and Cambodia.  Acta Horticulturae. 958: 67-74.