Building Just and Sustainable Food Systems for All

To understand current food systems, we need to take an interdisciplinary approach that engages diverse communities across sectors, scales and places. Only by doing so can we recognize both opportunities and challenges in the current system and how alternative systems may emerge.
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Dr. Charles Levkoe

Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems (Tier 2)


Areas of Research

  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Food Systems
  • Social Movements
  • Social Justice

Overview of Research

With mounting concerns about the corporate-led industrial food system, initiatives such as urban agriculture, farm-to-school programs, food hubs and food policy councils have been gaining momentum. These help us draw connections between our own lives and broader social, ecological and economic issues. As Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Dr. Charles Levkoe uses a food systems lens to better understand the importance of—and connections between—social justice, ecological regeneration, regional economies and active democratic engagement. Working with a range of scholars and community-based practitioners across North America and Europe, Levkoe and his research team are studying the evolution of the broader collective of social networks that view the right to food as a component of more sustainable futures. Levkoe is integrating his research and teaching with community-engaged pedagogies, and supporting students, community partners and scholars to be actively involved in co-generating knowledge. Through community-based, action-oriented inquiry and teaching—and by developing place-based action projects—this research will contribute to critical discussions that inform theory, civil society action and public policy and help build sustainable food systems for all. 

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Dr. Levkoe's research exemplifies Lakehead University's commitment to advancing the following United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

UN SDG 1 - No Poverty UN SDG 2 - Zero HungerUN SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-BeingUN SDG 4 - Quality EducationUN SDG 5 - Gender EqualityUN SDG 6 - Clean Water and SanitationUN SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean EnergyUN SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthUN SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureUN SDG 10 - Reduced InequalitiesUN SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesUN SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProtectionUN SDG 13 - Climate ActionUN SDG 14 - Life Below WaterUN SDG 15 - Life on LandUN SDG 16 - Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsUN SDG 17 - Partnerships for Goals

Contact Information:
Dr. Charles Levkoe
Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Tel.: 807-343-8010 Ext. 7954