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Heidi Busse

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies
“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

–Chimamanda Adichie

Heidi Busse is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies. She studies the effectiveness of partnership approaches to strengthen human nutrition, household food security, and community well-being. She has a background in food systems and international development, and has published on innovations in community food systems, impacts of multi-sectoral nutrition interventions, the roles of civil society in advancing food and nutrition policy, and partnership models for health systems strengthening. Heidi works with multi-sectoral teams to design and evaluate projects in ways that engage community participation to enhance sustainability and equity. She has managed interdisciplinary projects in the U.S. and internationally, including with Heifer International, the University of Wisconsin, the International Potato Center, Slow Food International, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Heidi holds degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Environmental Studies (PhD), both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.