Research Opportunity: PhD Students / Postdoctoral Scholars at Lakehead University in Agrobiodiversity, Nutrition and Sustainable Marketing of Heritage Crops

Lakehead University, in partnership with the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships Advanced Scholars (QES-AS) program and the Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) project, is looking for three exceptional candidates to undertake PhD- or postdoctoral-level research on issues of Agrobiodiversity, Nutrition and Sustainable Marketing of Heritage Crops in Ecuador. Research areas span health and social sciences, including economics and marketing studies, to biological studies, including ethnobotanical survey.

Researchers in the QES-AS project will work closely with the partner institution ESPOCH (Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo) and EkoRural ( in Ecuador. The project team will also work with community partners in Northwestern Ontario with the following objectives:

  • To document factors and opportunities in agricultural production, adaptation to climate change, and biodiversity conservation on small farms;
  • To describe socio-economic and institutional opportunities and barriers related to farm-based agrobiodiversity conservation in Ecuador, including stakeholder understanding of trade-offs and how they relate to Aichi targets and the Paris Agreement;
  • To compare collective and individual actions and payments associated with existing farm-based biodiversity conservation options, and document changes in production and marketing models related to biodiversity conservation; and,
  • To document changes in consumer attitudes and nutrition associated with novel marketing, e-commerce, and organic products.

PhD students can receive a graduate assistantship ($10,000/year) along with travel, living and research expenses (up to a total of $20,000 per year) for a research placement of a minimum of 90 days in Ecuador over one to two years. Postdoctoral scholars can receive funds for travel, living and research (up to a total of $25,000 per year).

Although this notice is primarily for current PhD students and postdoctoral scholars, candidates with Masters degrees or in a Masters program, conditional on entry into a PhD program, will also be considered. Queen Elizabeth Scholars originating from Canada must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Successful candidates will be expected to actively work toward establishing a strong publication record, assist in seeking external funding and must have proficiency in Spanish.

Applications are due September 18, 2017 by email. Application packages should include three academic references, a CV and cover letter expressing interest in at least one of the four identified research objectives above, and transcripts from all related degree programs.

For more information and to send an application package contact:

Dr. Brian McLaren, Natural Resources Management ( Successful candidates may be supervised by Dr. Chander Shahi, Natural Resources Management, Dr. Mirella Stroink, Psychology, or Dr. Charles Levkoe, Health Sciences.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. The QES-AS is made possible with financial support from IDRC and SSHRC.

Food Security Associate (FSA), Montgomery County Food Council

In early 2017, The Montgomery County Food Council co-led the creation of the
Montgomery County Executive’s 5-Year Food Security Plan
(, which outlines the path towards
building a Montgomery County in which all people have access to safe,
sufficient, and nutritious food, with dignity. The Plan (FSP) offers
comprehensive background data on food security, demographics, poverty, income,
employment, transportation, public health, benefits program participation, and
the wide range of existing food assistance resources on the Federal, State and
County level. The FSP also offers extensive recommendations to guide future
research, analysis, funding, and policy actions to work toward enhancing food
security in Montgomery County.

Position Overview
We seek a self-motivated, skilled, and goal-oriented Food Security Associate
(FSA) dedicated to coordinating the Food Council’s FSP implementation
initiatives. This is a 12-month contract position with the possibility of
extension dependent on funding. The position requires a commitment of 37 hours
per week with some required evening and weekend meetings. The FSA will report
to the Food Council Executive Director.

for full description of the position and application instructions.

Director of OperationsFOODSHARE TORONTO
Toronto, Ontario

Deadline for internal FoodShare applications: Friday July 21st, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

FoodShare is a non-profit organization that works with communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education. We believe everyone deserves access to affordable high-quality fresh food. Since 1985, FoodShare has pioneered innovative programs like the Good Food Box, impacted what kids eat in school, and improved the way people eat and grow food across Toronto every day.

Main Tasks:
The Director of Operations manages the operations necessary to ensure that FoodShare achieves its objectives. This role also contributes to organizational effectiveness, a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation by providing strategic leadership of FoodShare’s facility, social enterprise portfolio, kitchen operations, volunteers and IT. The Director of Operations is a key member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Duties (include but are not limited to):

  • Managing the operational systems, processes (i.e purchasing, sales, reporting, record keeping etc..) and policies in alignment with the organizational mission and values
  • Driving impact, excellence, efficiency and strategic growth by managing all aspects of FoodShare’s social enterprise portfolio
  • Development and implementation of protocols and procedures for recruiting, managing and retaining volunteers
  • Work with the Executive Director to oversee the Human Resources Program
  • Develop and manage an in-house system to track balances of vacation, sick leave and other types of leaves
  • Utilize financial data to make recommendations on improving impact and efficiency
  • Monitor adherence to rules, regulations and policies
  • Develop, implement and manage strategic and operational plans for operational activity.
  • Ongoing risk management assessment and reporting
  • Review and make recommendations on organizational contracts
  • Ensure health and Safety committee meetings are held and tasks assigned
  • Provide oversight and management of the facility and assets (i.e. vehicles)
  • Make recommendations in regards to FoodShare’s investments
  • Develop proposals as required
  • Animate staff and volunteer training for important facility procedures
  • Monitor, manage and improve the efficiency of support services such as IT
  • Develop and support initiatives that contribute to long-term operational excellence
  • Conduct and oversee performance development of staff, recommending training and skills building opportunities in alignment with FoodShare’s HR policies.
  • Facilitate training for staff, interns and volunteers as required
  • Work with the Program Director to support ongoing evaluation of programs and social enterprise activities
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $70,000 plus benefits

How to apply:

Please send applications to Human Resources:*

Local Organic Farming & Farmland Protection Champion, Langford Conservancy

Deadline for applications: Monday, July 17
$17.50/hr, flexible hours, 8 months / optional on-site housing at minimal cost, start date flexible.

Location: Brantford, Ontario (accommodation provided at minimal cost)

The Langford Conservancy works with Sustainable Brant and Hearts Content Organic Farm to protect farmland and support organic farming.

The position involves:

  1. organic farming, and the preparation of value-added foods and herbal remedies,
  2. helping with planning, promoting and running community workshops and events related to organic farming, value-added food preparation, agri-tourism, medicinal and edible plants, creating an inclusive organic farming community and farmland protection,
  3. helping with book-keeping and fundraising to support the protection of farmland, and
  4. research and writing on the above topics.


  • Experience with organic farming
  • Social media skills
  • Eagerness to learn

Must have graduated from a community college or university, be 30 years or younger, not in receipt of EI, and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.


  • Good interpersonal skills, shows initiative and is organized, able to work as a team-player and independently; some experience with grant writing and book-keeping.

Contact:* or call 519-647-0307.
Please send resume and 2 work related references.


Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative: Small Grants

Call for Applications

Deepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings across the world. Forms of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ — peddled inaccurately as social democracy — have failed to stem disillusionment, disenfranchisement and marginalisation. The rise of populist, nationalist movements — with racist, misogynist and isolationist characteristics — has been one very visible response. Such exclusionary politics are unravelling protections for women, racial minorities, disabled people, LGBTQ communities and many others. This type of populism depicts politics as a struggle between ‘the people’ and some combination of malevolent elites and racialized, unfairly advantaged ‘Others’.Yet the reactions to authoritarian populism are incredibly diverse, across and indeed within countries. In this Initiative, we are interested in changes ongoing in and in relation to rural areas that both give rise to a particular form of politics, but also offer alternatives. Whether in the US, across Europe, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Brazil or South Africa – and many other countries besides – various forms of reactionary nationalism have entrenched a narrow, sometimes violent, conflictual, exclusionary politics. This may be in the name of ‘taking back control’ in favour of ‘the people’, or putting one ideology and position ‘first’, while excluding others, generating tensions across society. All are responses to crises in contemporary capitalism, yet they are rooted in specific histories, institutional and social structures and political dynamics. Responses may be contradictory: for example shoring up a certain style of political power, while selectively offering progressive policies, whether free education, land reform or investment in rural communities.The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI — is focused on the social and political processes across rural spaces that are giving rise to such political reactions today. We seek to understand – but not judge – the characteristics of the social base that give rise to such political dynamics. We also aim to explore how alternatives are being actively generated to regressive, authoritarian politics.  We seek to create the space for a debate about alternatives, documenting, analysing and theorising these in order to begin to outline new emancipatory politics that challenge narrow, exclusionary, violent and populist visions, analysing, sharing, supporting, deepening and scaling up alternatives.With this call we seek to engage scholars, activists, and practitioners from across the world who are both concerned about the current conjuncture, but also hopeful about alternatives. As outlined below, we will initiate a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel we are inviting other, shorter contributions in a variety of media, helping to map out responses and alternatives.

The Initiative will hold a major conference in early 2018, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action. We will be encouraging publication of a series of papers in the Journal of Peasant Studies, as well as other popular and media outlets, as a focus for an intense, informed and radical engagement around this theme. We hope others in social movements, political formations, policy institutions, and elsewhere will participate, developing new visions that respond to the current moment.

1. We Propose three core themes for the Initiative:

(i) The current conjuncture: rural roots and consequences
(ii) Resisting, organising and mobilising for an emancipatory rural politics
(iii) Alternatives: understanding, supporting, creating, deepening and scaling

We have a limited number of $2000 small grants available for those aiming to produce Working Papers, allowing perhaps additional fieldwork to supplement work already done. If you wish to apply for one of these grants, the deadline is 30 June 2017. Final papers are due at the latest on 1 January 2018. Please send a short application, including a one-page abstract, a half-page-word statement on a how you will spend the funds, and a half-page short bio of all proposed authors, including name, background, affiliation and country of residence = all these in one Word format file. Applications should be sent to the email address (, with the subject line marked ERPI SMALL GRANT APPLICATION.


Job Posting: Tenure Track Faculty Position in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Trent University

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2017 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Trent University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the School of Environment at the Assistant Professor level in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) beginning July 1, 2017. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Sustainable Agriculture or related discipline, a strong teaching background, and a demonstrated research record with the ability to generate research funding from NSERC/SSHRC and/or other funding agencies. Candidates will be expected to support undergraduate teaching in the growing SAFS Program and the newly established School of the Environment.

Trent has adopted a broad definition of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, encompassing, for example, academic study in nutrient sustainability and pollution reduction in relation to agricultural activities; impacts of atmospheric pollution and climate change on crops; novel food products, biomaterials and biofuels; heritage crops and conservation of genetic resources; sustainable pest control; use of manures, biosolids and soil amendments; agricultural policy and business and organic/sustainable farming practices. The School of the Environment offers an engaged and pedagogically innovative approach to undergraduate environmental education in Trent University’s highly regarded environmental programs.

Applicants are invited to visit and for more information. Please send electronic applications, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including confirmation that you can legally work in Canada), a teaching portfolio (including a summary of any teaching evaluations), samples of research, and the names of three references that may be contacted to Please note that applications will only be accepted in PDF format via email.


Application deadline: Until filled

The Director of the Climate Change Agenda will be in charge of contributing to IDDRI’s strategic orientations, developing and coordinating the implementation of the Climate Change Agenda’s programme of work within the framework of the five year strategic plan, and representing IDDRI in both policymaking and scientific forums and networks at the national and international level.

The Director will work under the supervision of the Director of Programmes, in charge of coordinating the annual action plans, and in close cooperation with the Coordinator of the Strategic Action Programmes, Scientific Director and the Communication and Development Director.

Moreover, the Director will also be responsible for coordination and interaction with IDDRI’s other Agenda Directors (biodiversity, governance and oceans) and the Directors of the Strategic Action Programmes and their respective teams. She/he will also be in charge of ensuring the effective integration of the climate change issue across IDDRI’s overall strategy.

Click here for more information and application instructions.

Post-Doc Position: COMMUNITY FOR GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITYUniversity of Buffalo

The Global Health Equity Community of Excellence is pleased to announce an exciting post-doctoral opportunity at the University of Buffalo for outstanding candidates interested in the connection between global health equity and planning/policy. The post-doc will join a newly formed university-wide Center that includes the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Applications are being accepted immediately, and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the information below for further details.
About the position
Applications are invited for an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to join a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on Global Health Equity. Joining an interdisciplinary team of faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and research staff across multiple schools, including the Schools of Public Health and Health Professions, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the selected postdoctoral scholar will focus her/his research on addressing global health inequities by harnessing the power of non-health disciplines including architecture, applied economics, engineering, international development, social work, urban, regional and rural planning and policy, and related disciplines to address challenging global health inequities. The candidate will develop a research portfolio working under the guidance of faculty mentors in the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Professions.Click here for the full posting.