Greig Tor Guthey

Assistant Professor
Public Policy & Planning
Geography Coordinator
Global Studies Affiliate


Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2004
M.A., University of Georgia, 1997
B.A., Saint Olaf College, 1990


Phone: 760-750-8015
Email: gguthey@csusm.edu

Professor Guthey with the cow

Teaching: World Regional Geography, Geography of California, Globalization and Trade & Food Systems and Emerging Markets
 
Research Interests: economic geography, environment and planning, sustainable economies, agriculture, food, wine, and complexity. 
 
I am interested in the problem of sustainability from a regional, industry and community perspective.  On one level, I research how industries are structured. For example, my wine research explores the extent to which we can talk of a cohesive industrial region when we talk about the wine industry in Napa and Sonoma counties, while my dairy research has looked into how the preservation of industry through environmental intiatives has generated innovations in products and farming practices.
 
On a second level, my research looks at how learning and skill development occur within regions.   I ask questions like what kind of learning processes enable vineyard managers and winemakers to become and remain innovative and successful in their chosen fields and how might the place-based practices or conventions of industry shape the types of learning that are possible?  My article about agro-industrial conventions in the Geographical Journal touches on this theme.
 
On a third level, my work looks at community engagement specifically around environmental issues.  Here I am interested in how entrepreneurs, industries, companies, and communities respond to and engage with environmental goals and values. How do community concerns, ideals and activism become incorporated into planning and industry practices?  Is the region part of this process? If so, how might community engagement figure into innovation and regional learning within industries?  And how might multiple stakeholders engage in a process of increasing sustainable development within specific places.
 
Topical interests within the three above areas include the wine, dairy, poultry and the broader food industries, particularly those actors interested in local and other forms of alternative food production. 
 
Currently I am developing a community garden on the CSUSM campus -- dubbed "The Food Project" -- while also working on an article about sustainability and place. The purpose of the Sustainable Food Project is to experiment with experiential learning on a largely commuter campus and to see if a combination of students, community partners and faculty can sustain production of food in ways similar to ongoing projects on more residential campuses.    The project relates directly to the work I have been doing for the past few years on alternative food economies and on integrating organizations and place where we are working throught the dynamics of connecting stakeholders to the local ecology in support of sustainability.  And, I continue work comparing sustainability in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand  and the Northern Califorina wine industry.

Selected publications:


Greig Tor Guthey, Gail Whiteman, and Michael Elmes, 2014.  Place and Sense of Place: Implications for Organizational Studies of Sustainability. Journal of Management Inquiry.

 Greig Tor Guthey, 2013.  Review of Robin Grossinger, Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas:Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience in Agricultural History.

Sally Fairfax, Louise Dyble, Greig Tor Guthey, Lauren Gwin, Monica Moore and Jen Sokolove, 2012. California Cuisine and Just Food.  The MIT Press.

Greig Tor Guthey, 2012. "Northern California Wine through an Economic Geographer's Lens," in Percy Dougherty (ed) The Geography of Wine: Regions, Terroir and Techniques. London: Springer.

California Cuisine and Just Food Cover

Michael Elmes , Scott Jiusto, Gail Whiteman, Robert Hersh and Greig Guthey, 2012. Teaching Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Perspective of Place and Place-Making.  Academy of Management: Learning & Education. Selected Outstanding Article of the Year for 2012.

Greig Tor Guthey and Gail Whiteman, 2009. Social and Ecological Transitions: Winemaking in Northern California.  Emergence:Complexity and Organizations.

Greig Tor Guthey, 2008. Agro-industrial Conventions: Some Evidence from Northern California's Wine Industry. The Geographical Journal 174 (2): 138-148.

Adina Merenlender, Lynn Huntsinger, Greig Guthey, and Sally Fairfax, 2004. Land Trusts and Conservation Easements: Who is Conserving What for Whom? Conservation Biology 18 (1): 65-76.

Greig Tor Guthey, Lauren Gwin, and Sally Fairfax. 2003. Creative Preservation in California's Dairy Industry. The Geographical Review 93 (2): 171¿192.

Greig Guthey, 2001. Mexican Places in Southern Spaces. In Arthur Murphy et al. 2001. Latino Workers in the Contemporary South. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Photo of produce growing in Food Project Garden

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