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Updated November 2023

Highlighted Recent Publications

For full list of publications by group members see individual profile pages (linked under People).


Rozanski, C. (2023). Reflective weavings of a knowledge basket: Farmins and Re-Searching in Wild Rose Country. CORA Collective Research in Anthropology Journal. Fall 2023(1).


Rozanski, C.,& Gavin, M.(2023) Growing in relation with the land: Experiential learning of Root and Regenerate Urban Farms. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development,13(1)


Giacalone, R. (2022). Agrarian extractivism: Addressing actors and their agency at the national level. Latin American Policy, 14 (2), 231-251.

Reflective Weavings of a Knowledge Basket: Farming and Re-Searching in Wild Rose Country

Rozanski, C. (2023). Reflective weavings of a knowledge basket: Farmins and Re-Searching in Wild Rose Country. CORA Collective Research in Anthropology Journal. Fall 2023(1).

Woman checking carbage crop

The ways in which we come to be, do, and connect are guided by our knowledge systems, which are reflected in language, stories, governance, and power. In the process of coming to know, Mississauga Nishnaabeg author, Dr. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, encourages writers to start with a story or poem. For Otipemisiw Métis Canada Research Chair, Dr. Jennifer Adese, sharing your own story is an act of reciprocity. Storytelling, as a methodology rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing, is also a way to decolonize approaches to research. Using dialogue, photographs, and the metaphor of a willow basket, this autoethnographic essay weaves the spatially and temporally unbounded threads of power in place-thought. Situated as a non-Indigenous anthropologist and small-scale farmer in Wild Rose Country (Treaty 7, Canada), the author guides readers through a sensorial critique of global agrarian regimes. With italicized teachings from her grandmothers and literary mentors, she navigates issues of displacement, privilege, Othering, and collaborative knowledge production. This work is part of the author’s broader doctoral dissertation on relational foodways in Western Canada.

As my ‘ethnographic field’ is the field(s) in which I grow crops, medicinal plants, and animals, the seeds of these relationships, projects, and reflections will continue to grow and reroot. Rather, there is no end to fieldwork that is holistically part of a researcher’s life

Chelsea Rozanski

Growing in relation with the land: Experiential learning of Root and Regenerate Urban Farms

Rozanski, C., & Gavin, M. (2023). Growing in relation with the land. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 13(1).

woman holding a basket containing carbage, onions and other vegetables

The food landscape of Calgary, Canada, is sown with an abundance of polycultures. Alongside place-specific Indigenous foodways are food rescue, banking, and hamper programs, food studies scholars, a City of Calgary food resilience plan, and a growing number of alternative food network producers. Within the local alternative food network, there has been a boom in advancing indoor growing for our colder climate, including container, aquaponic, vertical hydroponic, and greenhouse growing. Situated as an agrarian ethno­grapher and an urban regenerative farmer, we seek to highlight the viability of agricultural techniques that are in relation with the land to grow more socially and ecologically sustainable food and farm systems in and around Calgary. From this posi­tion, we formed a collaboration between the University of Calgary, Root and Regenerate Urban Farms, and the Young Agrarians to document the cultivation process for a production urban farm. Over the course of one growing season—May to September, 2021—we harvested approximately 7,000 lbs (3,175 kg) of produce across nine urban spaces totaling 0.26 acres. The 48 vegetable varie­ties were distributed to 35 community supported agriculture shareholders, weekly farmers market customers, restaurant chefs, and members of the YYC Growers and Distributors cooperative. More­over, we donated 765 lbs (347 kg) of surplus pro­duce to the Calgary Community Fridge, Calgary Food Bank, and the Alex Community Food Cen­tre, which work to mitigate food insecurity. Through a reflexive practitioner approach, our reflective essay discusses the benefits and limita­tions of Small Plot Intensive Farming methods and urban land-sharing strategies, as well as the viability of land-based urban agriculture in a rapidly chang­ing socio-ecological climate. Our paper also demonstrates the potential for transcending siloed approaches to knowledge-making vis-à-vis experi­ential learning partnerships between graduate student researchers, farmers, and agricultural organizations.

Our hope is that practitioners and researchers working in food systems and coalition-building will be able to draw upon the frameworks and ideologies put forth while tailoring them to the people and networks of their area.

Chelsea Rozanski & Michael Gavin

Agrarian Extractivism: Addressing Actors and Their Agency at the National Level

Giacalone, R. (2022). Agrarian extractivism: Addressing actors and their agency at the national level. Latin American Policy, 14 (2), 231-251.

Monocultural crop in vertical lines

The literature on the transformation of Latin American agrarian productive and trade patterns (1990s to 2010s) tends to overemphasize traits of the agrarian extractivism concept, such  as  intensive  mono‐production for exportation, sectoral disarticulation, concentration of benefits and power outside the producing nation, and degradation of environmental and labor conditions. At the same time, an analysis of the experiences of the Argentine and Brazilian soy chains shows that they include characteristics that the literature does not usually incorporate. After reviewing the literature and two case studies, we discuss the need to incorporate the agency of national state and nonstate actors into the analysis of agrarian extractivism. We argue that addressing this level and these actors' agency is necessary to understand the potential link between agrarian extractivism and economic development in Latin America. Empirical research relies on publications based on fieldwork and statistics. This article theorizes that agrarian systems are made up of chains whose links specialize in different distinct functions, and their actors' economic behavior is determined by their decision‐making (agency) capacity and rational choice. Power in chains is relational and mutates over time and according to changes in context, so this configuration opens the possibility of fostering economic development options through national actors and justifies their inclusion in the analysis of agrarian extractivism.

... The inclusion of the national-level actors and their agency is necessary to further the discussion of agrarian extractivism because at that level, Agrarian production and circulation are economic activities that fulfill necessary functions ... with domestic, global, and local consequences that are not negative per se.

Rita Giacalone

Additional Publications

Since 2019, when the Food Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group was established.

Spring, C., & Rosol, M. (2022, June 15). “Pay the rent or feed the kids”: A scoping review of the ‘housing-food insecurity nexus’ in Canada. SocArXiv.

Rosol, M., & Rosol, C. (2022). Food, Pandemics, and the Anthropocene – On the necessity of food and agriculture change. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 9(1), 281-293.

Harrison, J., & Kepkiewicz, L. (2022). Food, fragility, and fortitude: COVID-19 in the Bow Valley. Bow Valley Food Alliance Association. 


Rosol, M., & Barbosa Jr., R. (2021). Moving beyond direct marketing with new mediated models: Evolution of or departure from alternative food networks? Agriculture and Human Values, 38(4), 1021–1039.

Klinke, C., & Samar, G. K. (2021). Food pedagogy for transformative social change. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation8(3).

Wilkinson, A., Gerlach, C., Karlsson, M., & Penn, H. (2021). Controlled environment agriculture and containerized food production in northern North America. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development10(4), 1–16.

Kepkiewicz, L. (2021). Food in the Municipal District of Bighorn: Research report 2020/21. Bow Valley Food Alliance.

Kepkiewicz, L. (2021). Imagining food in Canmore: Research report 2020/21. Bow Valley Food Alliance.

Klinke, C. (2021). Engagement at the intersection of community and academia. In M. Arcellana & P. Dyjur (Eds.), Incorporating universal design for learning in disciplinary contexts in higher education (pp. 17-21). Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning Guide Series.

Klinke, C., & Samar, G. (2021). From seed to social agency. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development10(4), 37–41.

Kumnig, S., & Rosol, M. (2021). Commoning land access: Collective purchase and squatting of agricultural lands in Germany and Austria.  In A. Exner, S. Kumnig, S. Hochleithner (Eds.), Capitalism and the commons: Just commons in the era of multiple crisis (pp.35-49). Routledge.

McKay, B., Alonso-Fradejas, A., & Ezquerro-Cañete, A. (2021). Agrarian extractivism in Latin America. Routledge.

Kepkiewicz, L. (2020). Whose Land? Complicating settler understandings of land in Canada. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies19(1), 245-269.

McKay, B. (2020). The political economy of agrarian extractivism: Lessons from Bolivia. Fernwood Publishing.

McKay, B. (2020). Food sovereignty and neo-extractivism: Limits and possibilities of an alternative development model. Globalizations, 17(8), 1386-1404.

McKay, B., Oliveira, G. de L.T., & Lui, J. (2020). Authoritarianism, Populism, Nationalism and Resistance in the Agrarian South. Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 41(3), 347-362.

Rosol, M. (2020). On the Significance of Alternative Economic Practices: Reconceptualizing Alterity in Alternative Food Networks. Economic Geography, 96(1), 52-76.

Kepkiewicz, L. (2019). Imagining food in Banff: Research report 2018-2019. Bow Valley Food Alliance.

Kepkiewicz, L, & Dale, B. (2019). Keeping ‘our’ land: Property, agriculture and tensions between Indigenous and settler visions of food sovereignty in Canada. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 46(5), 983-1002.