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Alan has been active publishing research for academic and practitioner audiences throughout his career.  Each of Alan’s publications, including some which are difficult to find elsewhere, are introduced with a brief overview.  (* = peer-reviewed)

Civic Engagement in Food System Governance: A Comparative Perspective of American and British Local Food Movements
Alan R. Hunt, October 2015. Routledge. (original book proposal peer-reviewed)

A comparison of how local food advocates interacted with national-level policymakers for local food policies from first policy, enacted through to 2013.  It profile policies that can support local food projects in the US, UK, and the EU, provides examples of policy coalitions and coordination failures in food movements, and the linkages between local food project leaders and national advocacy groups. Aside from topical information, it provides a policy-oriented of both country’s food movements, and explores concepts of advocacy group competition and cooperation, coalition formation, movement segmentation and the policing of organizational niches, framing processes (including fortifying myths), capacity building, policy entrepreneurship, and the influence of private, charitable funders on the adoption of policy communication tactics. This is a significantly revised, more concise, manuscript compared to the doctoral thesis, and, in its final chapter, makes an original contribution to the theory of food systems practice.

Civic Engagement in Food Systems Governance: A Comparative Perspective of American and English Local Food Movements (doctoral thesis)
Hunt, A. R., July 2013. Newcastle University (UK),
School of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development, Centre for Rural Economy. Supervisors: Liz Oughton, Jane Midgely, and Philip Lowe.

The thesis presents detailed background information, including extended quotations from reports and interviews and interview and case study methodologies.

*More Than Counting Beans: Adapting USDA Data Collection Practices To Track Marketing Channel Diversification
Hunt, A. R., & Matteson, G., September 2012.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Vol. 2(4).

Marketing channels, rather than distance-based measures of "locality," are a more precise way to measure much of the marketing activity associated with local and regional food systems. Of USDA data sources, the Census of Agriculture uniquely captures long-term trends associated with marketing diversification. However, policymakers need to update its questionnaires and reporting methods to show the full diversity of retail agriculture.

The Emergence of Retail Agriculture: Its Outlook, Capital Needs, and Role in Supporting Young, Beginning, and Small Farmers
Hunt, A. R., & Matteson, G., September 2010. Revised: August 2012. prepared for the Farm Credit Council.

The report collects and summarizes national-level data on the economic and employment characteristics of local and regional food systems collected from over a hundred USDA and industry sources.

Would more media campaigning secure more policy wins?
Hunt, A. R., June 2011. US-UK Fulbright Project Report, prepared for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network.

A comparison of American and British advocacy styles in local food policy, summarizing first-year findings of a three-year doctoral research project.

*Consumer interactions and influences on farmers' market vendors.
Hunt, A. R., March 2007. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 22 (1).

By surveying producers and consumers at 8 Maine farmers markets, it was possible to show the statistically significant influence of producer-consumer social interactions on consumer expenditures and producer marketing and production practices.

Conserving the Agricultural Landscape through Farmers’ Markets (Master’s thesis) Hunt, A. R., April 2005. Duke University (USA), Nicholas School of the Environment. Supervisor: Randy Kramer.

Provides detailed reporting of the market-level of customers at eight farmers markets in Maine, and aggregate producer characteristics, as well as an assessment of the farmers markets’ vendors contribution to agricultural open space.
Memo     Consumer Survey     Producer Survey

Preserving the Economic Viability of the Agricultural Landscape: A Contingent Valuation Study of Locally Produced Beef concerning Consumer Demand, Community Identity, and Perceptions of Locality (Undergraduate thesis)
Hunt, A. R., March 2003.
Bates College (USA). Supervisor: Lynne Lewis.

Consumer surveys at the Portland, Maine public market were utilized to estimate the Willingness To Pay for locally produced beef.