Journal Governance Committee

Meredith Bessey

Kristen Lee

Tabitha Martens

Phoebe Stephens

Amanda Wilson


Special Advisors

Ellen Desjardins was the editor-in-chief of Canadian Food Studies from its inception in 2013 to 2019. She has a background in public health nutrition and, more recently, a PhD in human geography. 

Wesley Tourangeau is a former managing editor of Canadian Food Studies. He has a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo, and researches Canadian and international law, regulations, and policies regarding food, agriculture, and the environment.


Editor-in-Chief (acting)

Charles Z. Levkoe is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, the Director of the Sustainable Food Systems Lab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. His community engaged research uses a food systems lens to better understand the importance of, and connections between social justice, ecological regeneration, regional economies and active democratic engagement. Through community-based, action-oriented inquiry and teaching and the development of placed-based action projects, his research contributes to critical discussions that inform theory, civil society action and public policy.


Journal Staff

Administrator: Alyson Holland

Assistant Administrator: Alexia Moyer


Associate Editors

Élisabeth Abergel is Professor in the Sociology department and Institute for Environmental Science (ISE) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her main area of study has been the link between Science and Technology Studies and Critical Food Studies. More specifically, she studies the interface between science and public policy in the area of agricultural technologies, in particular biotechnologies and the bioeconomy. She researches how technological convergence and new life technologies construct particular visions of agriculture and food of the future and impact human/nature relations. Her work has focused on the design and evolution of regulations surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms in Canada and elsewhere. Her current work is on cultured meat and bioprinting of living tissues for use as foods and/or biomedical use. She is currently working on a book manuscript about laboratory-grown meat, sociotechnical imaginaries and Anthropocene diets. She is also leading a research project about women’s invisible labour in agriculture in partnership with the Quebec Food and Agriculture Ministry (MAPAQ) and the Secrétariat à la Condition Féminine (SCF).

Mary A. Beckie is Associate Dean Academic and Student Affairs, and Director of Community Engagement Studies in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Mary's research focuses on alternative and localized agri-food systems, including studies on organic agriculture, agroecology and permaculture, as well as direct marketing, institutional procurement and local food governance. While much of her work is based in western Canada, her research has also taken her to Europe, Southeast Asia and Cuba. Mary grew up on a mixed farm in south central Saskatchewan, where her passion for farming, rural communities and local food was nurtured.

Michael Classens - Book Reviews Editor - is an Assistant Professor in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program at Trent University.  He is broadly interested in areas of social and environmental justice, with an empirical emphasis on food, agriculture, soil and energy. As a teacher, researcher and learner, he is committed to connecting theory with practice and scholarship with social change.

Rachel Engler-Stringer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and a researcher with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. She is currently the chair of the Saskatoon Food Council. Her two main areas of study currently are a curriculum-integrated universal school lunch program and Indigenous food access in urban contexts. She has a doctorate in Nutrition and her research interests include community food security, food environments and food access, food system sustainability, health promotion, and community-based and participatory research.

Philip Loring is a widely respected anthropologist, ecologist, and writer. His work focuses on the intersection of sustainability, food systems, and social justice, and he is particularly interested in solutions where people and ecosystems thrive together. He studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his research has taken him to such diverse places as the temperate rainforests of British Columbia, the prairies of Saskatchewan, and the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. An avid science communicator, Loring emphasizes writing, film, and other forms of storytelling to reach diverse audiences. He has published over 40 academic papers, multiple book chapters and reports, and numerous essays. He has also produced several short films and given invited presentations in numerous international venues, including for the OECD, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and TedX. He is a regular contributor to CBC Radio Syndication and his first book, "Finding Our Niche", will be released in the fall 2020 by Fernwood Publishing.


Catherine L. Mah is Canada Research Chair in Promoting Healthy Populations and Associate Professor, School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University. Dr. Mah directs the Food Policy Lab, a multidisciplinary program of research on the environmental and policy determinants of diet, with a focus on health-promoting innovations in the food system. She is also appointed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Her current research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. In addition to her role with Canadian Food Studies, she is a member of the Editorial Board for Public Health Nutrition. She is a former member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and was a founding member of the St. John's Food Policy Council.

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Marit Rosol is a geographer, originally from Germany and since 2016 working as Canada Research Chair in Global Urban Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. She currently works on urban based food movements in various countries, alternative food systems as alternative economies, and the interconnection of food and housing insecurity. She has widely published on critical urban food studies, urban gardening, participation, housing, and urban governance, drawing on and making contributions to theories of political economy, political ecology, governmentality, and hegemony. More information, including contact information, can be found on her website:

David Szanto is a researcher, artist, and teacher, taking an experimental approach to food scholarship through design, ecosophy, and performativity. Past projects include installations with digital and robotics artists to examine socio-technical food hybrids, curatorial work at the intersection of academia, art, and activism, and food performances that explore belonging, representation, and human-microbial dynamics. Published works include articles and chapters on research-creation, collaboration in systems visualization, emotionality in academia, and the human-material-discursive entanglements of food milieus. David is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University and doing the sessional circuit at universities between BC and Québec. He lives in Montreal.