Clare Gupta

Clare Gupta

Position Title
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Human Ecology


Gupta, an assistant Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Human Ecology, specializes in community food systems. Gupta completed her Ph.D. in environmental studies, policy and management at UC Berkeley. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2015.

Research interests:

Community resource planning and development, sustainable food systems, community food security, food politics, agro-food movements (e.g. local food, food sovereignty), building regional markets, farmworker and rural community wellbeing, urban agriculture, healthy families and communities.

Brief overview:

I examine how environmental and agricultural policies affect community food systems, and how citizens and community groups can shape these policies. Policies such as a water bond proposal, protections for farmworkers, or zoning restrictions on urban agriculture have an impact on community food systems, especially on small-scale producers.

Through research collaborations with fellow Cooperative Extension specialists, county advisors, academics, and community groups, I intend to provide data on the impact of these types of policies. These studies will help communities and policymakers implement data-driven public policy.

Current projects:

  • Evaluation of successful research-policy links within ANR-funded research projects
  • Proposed study of food policy councils in California (and their engagement with UC research resources)
  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of community-based fisheries policy in Hawaii