Alissa Bilfield

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Alissa Bilfield

  • Professor of Practice
Office Address
GWBC 646


My teaching, research, and practice is focused at the intersection of entrepreneurship and sustainability with a concentration on food systems and health. I teach courses in the Management Area for the Entrepreneurship Minor, and in the MBA Program for the concentration in Sustainability. My research looks at the implications and impact of sustainability certifications across the supply chain, with a focus on the food system. As a practitioner, I have worked at the government level in environmental policy, in the non-profit sector as a start-up founder and director, and as a consultant within the certifications industry. When I am not teaching or collaborating with farmers and food businesses, I am meditating, rock climbing, or cooking.


  • MGMT 3200 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 4300 Social Venturing for a Sustainable Future
  • MGMT 7030 ESG in a Dynamic Global World


  • Bilfield, A. (2022). Brewing Sustainability in Coffee and Tea: From Producer to Consumer. Routledge Press, London.
  • Bilfield, A. (Forthcoming in 2025). Chapter 28: Women Small holder Farmers Growing Beverage Crops. Women and Small holder Farming: Addressing Global Inequalities in Agriculture. Editors Sachs and Castellanos. Burleigh Dodds Publisher.
  • Bilfield, A. (2020). Chapter 4: The Future of Fairtrade from the Farm to the Shelf. Food Labeling, Politics and Policy in the United States. Common Ground Publishing.
  • Bilfield, A., Hernandez, H. (2023). Fairer Farms in the USA: Exploring the Implications of the US Fairtrade Certification for Farmworker Health and Wellbeing. Journal Of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
  • Bilfield, A., Seal, D. and Rose, D. (2020). Brewing a More Balanced Cup: Supply chain perspectives on gender transformative change within the coffee value chain. International Journal of Food Systems Dynamics.

Education & Affiliations

  • BA in Political Science, Vanderbilt University
  • Msc in Environment and Development, The London School of Economics
  • PhD in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University
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