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).