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Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe

Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems
+1 807-343-8010ext. 7954
Main Office: Braun Building 1068, Department of Health Sciences, 955 Oliver Rd Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1
Sustainable Food Systems Lab: Room 2001, PACI Building, 401 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1B4, (807) 343-8010 ext. 7654;
Academic Qualifications: 
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 2014
  • MES, York University, 2004
  • BA, Hon., McMaster University, 1998

Other Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University
  • Adjunct Professor, School of the Environment, Queens University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
  • Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University

Editorial Positions

  • Co-Editor in Chief, Canadian Food Studies/Le Journal canadien des études sur l’alimentation
  • Editorial Board, Social Movements, Institutions and Governance, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
  • Publications Committee,Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP)
  • Editorial Committee, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
  • Editorial Bord, Culinaria Book Series
Research Interests: 

My research 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 directly with a range of scholars and community-based practitioners across North America and Europe, I study the evolution of the broader collective of social movement networks which views the right to food as a central component of more sustainable futures.

Mobilizing existing partnerships, I integrate my research and teaching through community engaged learning pedagogies and support students, community partners and scholars to be actively involved in knowledge cogeneration. Through community-based, action-oriented inquiry and teaching and the development of placed-based action projects, my research contributes to critical discussions that inform theory, civil society action and public policy.

I have also been involved in community food security and food sovereignty efforts for over 15 years and have worked as a community-based researcher, operated an organic farm and led programming with non-profit organizations across Canada and in the Middle East.

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