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Marit Rosol

Marit Rosol

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Geography

Marit Rosol joined the Department of Geography of the University of Calgary in July 2016 as Canada Research Chair in Global Urban Studies. Her current research is interested in how global trends of economic integration, state restructuring and the ongoing economic and ecological crises impact social equality in urban communities. Besides a focus on the urban food systems and the geographies of alternative food she also works on housing, urban governance, and participation. Since July 2020 she is serving as associate editor of Canadian Food Studies/ La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation.

Email: marit.rosol@ucalgary.ca

Ben McKay

Assistant Professor, Development Studies Program, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Ben M. McKay is an assistant professor of development and sustainability at the University of Calgary in Canada. His research focuses on the political economy and ecology of agrarian change in Latin America, agrarian extractivism, and food sovereignty alternatives. He is the author of The Political Economy of Agrarian Extractivism: Lessons from Bolivia (Fernwood, 2020) and co-editor of The Edward Elgar Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies (Edward Elgar, 2021) and Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems (Routledge, 2018).

Email: ben.mckay@ucalgary.ca

Ben McKay

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Abby Landon

Abby Landon

MA Thesis Student, Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography

Abby Landon is a Masters of Arts in Geography student at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Marit Rosol. Her current research goals focus on the relationship between scalar food systems in ethnically diverse communities, in order to understand how various scalar options may work in tandem to support the objectives of various groups within society. Due to growing re-localization food movements and increasing ethnic diversity in populations worldwide, the dynamics of interplay between these two trends carry implications both within Canada and globally.

Email: abby.landon1@ucalgary.ca 

Chelsea Klinke

MA-PhD Student, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Chelsea Klinke is a by-pass MA-PhD Student in Anthropology at the University of Calgary. Under the supervision of Dr. Ben McKay, her research analyses the resilience dynamics of camelid pastoralists in the face of climatic and extractive pressures in the Bolivian Andes. Alongside Bolivian NGOs and counterparts, a community-based digital storytelling initiative will highlight the roles of diversified agroecological models in a shifting landscape and livelihood. Chelsea is also involved in Calgary's local agrarian network, apprenticing in regenerative agriculture with Dirt Boys Urban Farming, and advocating for urban Indigenous Food Sovereignty with the social enterprise FoodScape Calgary. 

Email: chelsea.klinke@ucalgary.ca

Chelsea Klinke
Lauren Kepkiewicz

Lauren Kepkiewicz

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Geography

Lauren joined the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary in September 2019 as a postdoctoral associate. Her current research was developed in partnership with the Bow Valley Food Alliance, using community-based research methodologies. This research focuses on examining key food issues, strengths, and possible food systems’ changes in the Bow Valley, including Rocky Mountain municipalities ID9 (Lake Louise), Banff, Canmore, and MD Bighorn. Lauren is also part of a collective which is beginning a SSHRC funded collaborative research project that examines how settler and Indigenous peoples are building relationships through processes of Indigenous-led land reMatriation and food sovereignty.

Email: lauren.kepkiewicz@ucalgary.ca

Charlotte Spring

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Geography

Charlie Spring is a postdoctoral researcher in Geography, and is currently exploring intersections of housing and food insecurity. She arrived in Calgary in January 2020 from the UK, where she wrote her PhD about the variegated politics of surplus food redistribution, then a postdoctoral project exploring potentials of coproduction and digital infrastructure for multi-sectoral urban food policy. She enjoys writing for non-academic audiences in her efforts to be a better activist-scholar, including a recent piece exploring the global spread of foodbanking for New Internationalist. She is a member of several campaign networks aiming to tackle structural causes of food insecurity.

Email: charlotte.spring@ucalgary.ca          Twitter: @eatingwaste

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Ricardo Barbosa, Jr.

Ricardo Barbosa, Jr.

MA Student, Department of Geography

Ricardo Barbosa, Jr. is a Geography MA student at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Marit Rosol. His current research concentrates on urban food activism in Calgary analyzed through the food sovereignty lens. Having researched rural social movements in the Global South, he is interested in understanding the forms food sovereignty can take in urban centers of the Global North; a phenomenon characterized in the literature as either ‘second generation’ or, simply, ‘urban’ food sovereignty. Ricardo has published in Agriculture and Human Values, Journal of Agrarian Change, Dialogues in Human Geography, and Journal of Maps.

Email: ricardo.barbosajr@ucalgary.ca          Twitter: @ribarbosajr