Dr. Barbara Parker

Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8792
Office Location: 
RB 2043
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD, Sociology, Charles Sturt University, Australia

MA, Sociology with Specialization in Women’s Studies, Lakehead University

BA, Sociology, University of Manitoba


At the undergraduate level, I teach the following courses:

  • Food, Culture & Society
  • Food, Gender & Health
  • Gender in Contemporary Society
  • Food Security in Rural and Northern Communities
  • The Sociology of Food & Nutrition
  • Qualitative Research Methods

At the graduate level, I teach two courses:

  • Gender, Health & Food Justice
  • Qualitative Research Methods.

In my classroom, I promote engaged learning through experiential learning opportunities whenever possible. To read more about past classes, see https://www.lakeheadu.ca/users/P/bfparker/community-service-teaching 

Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2014
Research Interests: 


Check out my new book! https://womenspress.canadianscholars.ca/books/feminist-food-studies#tab_reviews

Research Grants

"Food positivity in Canadian post-secondary pedagogy" (2019-2021 SSHRC IDG) with A. Bombak, P.I. (UNB), E. Cameron (NOSM), N. Riediger, and C. Russell (Lakehead). 

"Post Secondary Student Food Insecurity: Experiences of Indigenous and International Students in Northern Ontario" (2018-2020 SSHRC IDG) with K. Burnett (Lakehead) and K. Skinner (Waterloo).

"Investigating Food Sovereignty as a Best Practice Framework for Health Interventions in Rural and Urban Hubs in Northern Ontario" (2018-2020 CIHR Catalyst Grant). with L. Ray, PI. (Lakehead), J. LeBlanc (NOSM), K. Burnett (Lakehead), A. Cameron and P. McLeod-Shabogesic. 

"Culture, Resiliency, and Prosperity: Transitioning from Food Security to Food Sovereignty and the role of Relocation and Migration on Traditional and Market-based Food Consumption" (2017-2021 SSHRC IG) with K. Skinner, P.I. (Waterloo), J. Cidro (University of Winnipeg), K. Burnett (Lakehead), and H. Neufeld (Guelph).

"A Community History of Colonialism, Health Care, and First Nations in Northwestern Ontario: From the Sioux Lookout Indian Hospital to the Meno Ya Win Health Centre" (2016-2018 SSHRC IDG), with K. Burnett, P.I. (Lakehead) and K. Skinner (Waterloo).