Harriet Friedmann, food systems analyst, author, and speaker, is Professor Emerita of Sociology, Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She taught in the Munk School and Departments of Sociology and Geography and Planning.
She participates in international research and policy on food and agriculture, including visiting teaching with Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University) in The Hague, and research with CIRAD (Centre International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement) in Montpellier, CPDA (Federal University of Brazil) in Rio de Janeiro, Université Aix-Marseille, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University (Ottawa), Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Study (University of British Columbia). She was Review Editor of the chapter on investment of the UBN-led International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) and the advisory committee of the 10-year anniversary volume. She serves on several editorial boards of journals related to food and agriculture and to the world system.
As longstanding member and former chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council, and the advisory board of the UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability, she has been connected with many pioneers linking civil society and municipal governments in comprehensive food strategy. She has published on many dimensions of agriculture and food, including family farms, corporate strategies in the food sector, food policies, changing patterns of diet and consumption, and social movements to change the food system, focusing on trans-scalar dynamics. She was awarded the 2011 Lifetime Achievement award by the Canadian Association of Food Studies.
Her work now focuses on political ecology of food, including ways of knowing and relating to Earth.
If you want to arrange for follow-up discussions for a class with Harriet Freidmann via the internet – over Skype or some other service - please contact her.
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