Milena Klimek, Dipl. Ing.
Milena Klimek MSc is a doctoral candidate focusing on food and farming issues and more specifically on the role of values in the farmers’ markets of Vienna and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed her masters at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences concentrating on farmer and consumer practices, in which she examined organic partnerships in Austria and Minnesota through a social theory perspective. She is an Austrian-American who grew up in Minnesota and completed her undergraduate degree in 2005 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a double major focusing on Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development and Alternative Agriculture disciplines. She has had various related work experiences throughout her career including working for a small ecological landscape design company, holding a variety of environmental and natural resource management positions, along with work on a small organic dairy in the Austrian Alps. Additional research interests include human and nature relationships through food and farming, agroecology, civic agriculture, social ecology, the future of farming, and transdisciplinary qualitative research methods. The topic of her thesis is "A values-based Understanding: Farmers Markets in Vienna and Minneapolis"