Research

Research

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, use the conduct your project at UBC Farm link 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

Professor

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
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CTV and Vancouver is Awesome: Meet Kip, the three-legged coyote living at UBC

CTV and Vancouver is Awesome: Meet Kip, the three-legged coyote living at UBC “No, the tri-yote doesn’t need help.” News outlets featured a coyote spotted on UBC’s Vancouver campus and spoke with Dr. Kristen Walker, CSFS Associate and professor in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Check out the full article at CTV or Vancouver […]

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The Star: Meet a young agrologist helping organic farmers with their green production goals

The Star: Meet a young agrologist helping organic farmers with their green production goals “We all learned how to recycle because of school campaigns. We then took that information home. We have a large school population, and food security education can help shape those minds.” The Star featured Amy Norgaard, an agrologist who works at […]

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Vancouver Sun and The Province: Increased COVID-19 variant severity not enough evidence for B.C. authorities

Vancouver Sun and The Province: Increased COVID-19 variant severity not enough evidence for B.C. authorities “Epidemiologists prefer studies of tens of thousands of cases and months of observation.” Dr. Leonard Foster, CSFS Associate and head of UBC’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology, says that while there hasn’t been enough time to build strong data […]

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