Instructor, Sustainability Studies Program, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Dr. Mambo earned a PhD in human geography investigating urban food insecurity in southern Africa. As part of his postdoc, Dr. Mambo’s research explores sustainability, sustainable food systems, regenerative agriculture, and food security. One of his current research endeavors is the Simon Farm Project, where the research team is developing an integrated farm model utilizing regenerative agriculture and agroecological principles to explore opportunities for a more local food system, use agriculture to address environmental problems, address local food needs, and model sustainability. As part of this project, Dr. Mambo teaches workshops on mushroom cultivation, care for the soil, and nutrient cycling using various composting methods. Additionally, Dr. Mambo is a collaborator on a project called Storying the Soil that works with indigenous, refugee, and immigrant communities, using garden spaces to build community, foster reconciliation and understand how their food growing practices are adapting in light of climate change.
Research Assistant - Food Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group
PhD. Student, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Karla Oliveira is currently a PhD student at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Canada. She got her master’s degree in Environment and Rural Development at the University of Brasília, Brazil. Also, she graduated in Forest Engineering in 2007 at the same University. For more than 15 years, she worked with public policies and programs related to food and water security for traditional communities and for people living in extreme poverty in the Brazilian Amazon, the Cerrado savannah and the Semiarid region. Currently, she is concerned about water politics in Latin America, specifically water grabbing, and conflicts caused by the agribusiness sector in Brazil. Also, she has been working as a scholar and activist in international networks of Critical Agrarian Studies since her Master's course. Finally, she volunteers in a group of academics that support community leaders in the watershed committees against the agribusiness interests in the Western region of Bahia state, Brazil.
PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy
Alican Basdemir works on the ways that social, moral, and political values influence decisions about data sharing and data reuse in agricultural and biodiversity research. He is interested in how researchers and stakeholders can negotiate their value judgments to come up with more socially responsible practices of data sharing. Drawing upon recent strategies of data management, Alican explores the roles of institutions in managing these decisions about value judgments in data sharing by including relevant stakeholders including smallholder farmers, citizen scientists, and indigenous communities.
Doctoral Candidate & Sessional Instructor, Werklund School of Education
Pam Farrell’s research explores the intersection of sociocultural factors and food literacy. Her research is informed by her background as a farmer, teacher, and immigration researcher. Through her studies and research at UofC, she founded GROW, Canada’s first community food literacy centre. Her food literacy programs and low-cost/subsidized market have been accessed over 20,000 times in the last two years. Her innovative programs have created a place for low-income residents of all ages and cultural backgrounds to enjoy a healthier, more just future with food. Pam’s scholarly work advances our understanding of the sociocultural factors that impact and influence food literacies, while her community work explores elements of critical food literacy, food citizenship, and food security in food deserts and food swamps. Using a activist-scholar approach, Pam has contributed to a more inclusive and just community food system, reducing systemic barriers especially for single women-led households who are disproportionately affected by food insecurity.
Learn more about Pam and her reasons for starting GROW here.
MArch Student, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Yiming Yang is a Master of Architecture student at School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Currently, he volunteers as a peer helper with Office of Sustainability. Previously he has participated in a workshop on regenerative agriculture with Dr. Tatenda Mambo in Summer 20222 where he engaged with several topics including food diversity, food security, and sustainability strategies. As our cities sprawl, there are more and more food deserts in our neighbourhoods. Most of them are in downtown areas where many vulnerable people live. He is interested in food studies related to architecture and urban studies and is concerned about social equity issues related to food. Accompanying the studio course, his research focuses on urban agriculture and sustainable strategies of urban design.