Food Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group
This Calgary Institute for the Humanities working group, formed in 2019, is a first step towards building and consolidating an interdisciplinary group of food scholars at the University of Calgary. This research group inspects current ways of producing, processing, distributing and consuming food, and how they relate to overarching issues such as global economic integration, immigration, language and culture, welfare state transformation, and the environmental crisis or the crisis of care work.
The Simpson Centre
The Simpson Centre, part of UCalgary’s School of Public Policy, is a Canadian agricultural policy research centre focused on socioeconomics, sustainability and outreach. The Simpson Centre is a locus of Canadian research that strengthens and supports the growth and sustainability of agri-food and agri-business — especially in Western Canada.
Teaching, learning and student experience
Edible gardens project boosts access to fresh produce on campus
In collaboration with UCalgary stakeholders from Crowsnest Residence Hall, Campus Architecture, the Office of Sustainability and a Peer Helper Group designing an interactive sustainability map, the Edible Gardens Peer Helper Group raised awareness for the goodness growing around the UCalgary campus. The goal of this project was to boost access to healthy, local produce and lower food insecurity among the campus community.
Calgary Community Fridge addresses critical gap in Calgary’s food-security landscape
Several UCalgary students founded the Calgary Community Fridge to offer fast and easy access to food for those in need. The fridge is located outdoors and available 24/7, with no questions asked. Food and personal hygiene item donations are welcomed to help foster community involvement in the program.