PhD Position on Politics of Food in Canada

Carleton University, in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, is looking for an exceptional candidate to undertake PhD research on the politics of developing a national food policy/strategy in Canada. We are offering a Research Assistantship of $10,000/year for four years, in addition to a TA position and graduate entrance scholarship (typically valued at $17,000-20,000/year for four years) for a candidate interested in pursuing research related to the following questions:

What might a National Food Strategy for Canada look like? How are various actors seeking to influence such a strategy (e.g., what institutional processes are they engaging in)? What discourses (e.g. Right to Food, food security, food sovereignty) appear to be gaining traction, and to what effect? What role do Canada’s Indigenous people, the food insecure, primary producers, and food industry players have in defining a strategy? Who (and what issues) appear to left out of discussions? Who will benefit? Who may be left behind?

If these questions are of interest to you, and you would like to pursue your PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa beginning in September 2016, we would like to hear from you.

Required Qualifications: A Master’s degree in political science, geography, environmental studies or a related social science discipline. A background in the study of public policy formation and/or food movements (e.g. movements for food justice, food sovereignty, and sustainable food systems) is a strong asset.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a copy of university transcripts, your c.v. and names of two referees to Prof. Peter Andree by no later than January 20, 2016. Candidates will also need to apply (by January 31, 2016) to undertake their PhD in either the Department of Political Science or the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (DGES) at Carleton University, to be co-supervised by Prof. Peter Andrée (Political Science and DGES) and Prof. Patricia Ballamingie (DGES). This project is funded through the FLEdGE (Food: Locally Embedded Globally Engaged) SSHRC Partnership Grant based out of the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.

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