Reflections of a food studies researcher: Connecting the community-university-policy divide….becoming the hyphens!

  • Lesley Frank Acadia University
Keywords: Case study, methodology, infant food insecurity

Abstract

This narrative presents refections on the role of the food studies researcher from the prespective of a new academic with a background in community and policy work. It details a multi-phased, mixed methods case study on the public policy relations of infant food insecurity in Canada and provides a discussion of some unintentional outcomes of doing food studies research. The author suggests that an integrative approach, one where the researcher bridges the micro-effects of public policy with policy making realms, is ideally suited to food studies and food policy analysis. The narrative reveals how a researcher can become the hyphens in the community—university—policy divide through the process of storytelling.   

References

Department of Agricultural and Agri-Food. (1998). Canada’s action plan for food security. Retrieved April 15, 2009, from http://www.agr.gc.ca/index_e.php?s1=misb&s2=fsec-seca&page=action.

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2008) retrieved at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/prog-ini/capc-pace/index-eng.php

Stocking, B. (1995). Why research findings are not used by commissions –and what can be done about it. Journal of public health medicine, 17(4): 380-382.
Published
2014-05-15
How to Cite
Frank, L. (2014). Reflections of a food studies researcher: Connecting the community-university-policy divide….becoming the hyphens!. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur L’alimentation, 1(1), 88-98. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v1i1.13
Section
Field Report or Narrative