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The 2014 Alumni Week is now over. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

The Social Science of Food


Food security involves many large-scale issues, which the social sciences can help us understand. 
Learn more from this panel featuring four Faculty of Social Sciences experts.

This event will also serve as a launch for the new Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food,
an inclusive space for constructive dialogue and debate around the issue of food that will enable
new research partnerships among scholars and between the University and the broader community.

The Office of the Vice-Dean, Research, is co-organizing this lecture with the Alumni Relations Office.

Panellists :
Marie-Josée Massicotte is an associate professor in the School of Political Studies. Her main fields of
research include social movements and collective action, international political economy and alternative
economies, globalization, power and global  governance, food politics, and social and environmental justice.
She is director of the new Faculty of Social Sciences Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food.
José López is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. His current 
SSHRC-funded work on the emergence of the human right to food represents a shift in his research
program towards a new substantive field of empirical enquiry and an engagement with new areas
(food studies, the political economy of food, economic, cultural and social human rights, and the sociology of law).
Joshua Ramisch is an associate professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies. 
He is a human ecologist who strives to work critically at the intersection of social and environmental sciences.
His interests include the dynamics of “local” knowledge and its interactions with other global knowledges, political
ecology and actor-network theories, participatory and action research methodologies, food security and environmental
justice (e.g. fair trade and community supported agriculture) in developing and North American contexts, and understanding
and supporting local responses to climate change.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Kristjansson is an associate professor in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences. 
She is a health measurement expert whose research focuses on the spatial dimensions of health and health inequalities,
Photovoice, food insecurity, and health and social indicators. Another primary research interest is in systematic reviews
of interventions to reduce socio-economic inequalities in health.

 Rose Anne Devlin, Vice-Dean, Research

University of Ottawa alumni, students and friends interested in the question of food security

What: The Social Science of Food (bilingual conference)

Where:   Social Sciences Building, Room 4007, 120 University, Ottawa

When:      Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, but space is limited.

All outdoor lots will offer free parking after 4 p.m. from Tuesday, May 6 to Friday, May 9, and all day on
Saturday, May 10, 2014.  Please see the main campus parking map.

 Refresh. Reconnect. Rediscover. 



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613-562-5857 | 1-800-465-1888


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