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 UBC Farm as a long-term research station 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
Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC

Hosting another Olympics would require minimal new infrastructure

Hosting another Olympics would require minimal new infrastructure News Source: Vancouver Sun Dec 10, 2021 “If the city is to consider hosting another Olympics, it has to spread out the amenities across the city.” – Dr. Robert VanWynsberghe Dr. Robert VanWynsberghe, CSFS Associate and UBC Education professor, shares his perspective on the possibility of another Olympics […]

Flooding and topsoil

Fraser Valley farmers won't know for weeks how floodwaters have affected prized soil

Fraser Valley farmers won’t know for weeks how floodwaters have affected prized soil News Source: CBC November 28, 2021 “Those pollutants may not be on site anymore. They actually might be in our nearby aquatic ecosystems.” – Dr. Sean Smukler Dr. Sean Smukler, CSFS Associate and agricultural ecologist, spoke about the ways how recent flooding events […]

Debris along a flooded road in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 25.

How the B.C. floods revealed the fragility of Canada’s food system

How the B.C. floods revealed the fragility of Canada’s food system News Source: The Globe and Mail November 27, 2021 “In order to make the modern food system today, it involved a lot of trying to control nature.” – Dr. Hannah Wittman Dr. Hannah Wittman, CSFS Associate and IRES Professor, gave comments in The Globe and […]

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