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