The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems was born with the mission to build a community of researchers working together to co-create scientific knowledge and evidence-based tools and developments to build a sustainable global food system.

We convene a diverse group of CSFS Associate Faculty, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a range of UBC Faculties: Land and Food Systems, Science, Medicine, Arts, and Forestry, support staff and international visitors.

Our research addresses the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of food systems. The interdisciplinary and collaborative research network we support spans a variety of research themes, from land management to Indigenous food sovereignty; from sustainable practices in organic and conventional food production to the study of ecosystem services provided by biodiversity in agroecosystems. A list of current and past research projects led by CSFS Associates can be found below. We are committed to open-access research and data to support widespread knowledge dissemination; see our Dataverse for access to our published datasets.

The UBC Farm is a core facility supporting teaching, research and community engagement for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, and serves as a long-term Living Laboratory where many of the research ideas proposed by CSFS Associates and external researchers are developed, tested and monitored. For new research at the UBC Farm or further collaborations, visit the conduct your project at the UBC Farm or contact our Research Manager.

CSFS Research Projects

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Researcher Profiles

Associate Prof. Jennifer Black

Associate Professor

I care about health equity and I care about ensuring that all Canadians can live a healthy, productive life that allows them to meet their full potential. Making sure that people have access to food (and dignity).

Prof. Sean Smukler

Associate Professor

The UBC Farm has the potential to connect researchers on campus, especially those who are interested in food systems, food production and the environment. This project is really an opportunity to get a bunch of farmers and scientists together at the UBC Farm and start building connections.

Prof. Navin Ramankutty

CSFS Associate Member

I study food security and sustainability on a global scale… More specifically, my research works with global data sets… [I analyze] data to examine how agriculture is changing in different parts of the world and how different farming characteristics or management systems influence environmental outcomes.

Prof. Leonard Foster


Bee health is currently a big concern and everybody agrees that we need to do more to improve the health of bees and the viability of the industry.

Our Researchers in the News
On B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, some of Canada’s oldest living trees escape the chopping block

Some of Canada’s oldest living trees escape the chopping block

The Narwhal: Some of Canada’s oldest living trees escape the chopping block News Source: The Narwhal October 13, 2021 “I hope they make it clear to government that they want old forests protected, that they are not okay with the business-as-usual model.” – Dr. Cindy Prescott Dr. Cindy Prescott, CSFS Associate and Professor in UBC’s […]

Food security during COVID-19

Heightened food worries linked to worse mental health

Times of Oman: Heightened food worries linked to worse mental health News Source: Times of Oman, UBC News September 23, 2021 “Our research and advocacy efforts need to continue to seek out more effective strategies to make sure that everyone has physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.” – Dr. Jennifer […]

Coyote in Stanley Park

CBC: Coyote attacks from after-hours partying and garbage in Stanley Park

Coyote attacks from after-hours partying and garbage in Stanley Park News Source: CBC, The Mike Smyth Show August 1, 2021 “I think there needs to be a more immediate response for the sake of the humans that are involved with being bitten and for the sake of no more coyotes dying.” – Dr. Kristen Walker […]

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