Academic Curriculum Vitae

 February 2018                                 


Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Toronto

Writer, Lecturer, Researcher on History and Possible Futures of the Food System


Munk School of Global Affairs 

1 Devonshire Place                                                                         176 Robert St.

University of Toronto                                                                       Toronto, ON, M5S 2K3

Toronto, ON M5S 3K7                                                                     Canada

Canada                                                                                             skype: harrietfriedmann                                              


Citizen: Canada and United States                                            


Ph.D.   Harvard University, Sociology, 1977

M.A.    Harvard University, Sociology, 1971

B.A.     (Highest Honors) University of Michigan, Comparative History,  1969

Postdoctoral Fellow, Economics, Cambridge, 1977-78 (U.S. National Science Foundation)

Training Grant, Mathematics, University of Toronto, 1973-74 (U.S. National Science Foundation)


Languages: French (excellent comprehension, good speaking). Evolving personal Esperanto.


2019 Visiting Scholar, Liu Institute of Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, February 16-March 23,

2019 Visiting Fellow, Pufendorf Institute of Advanced Studies, Lund University, 24 April-24 May

2018 . Visiting Scholar, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, School for Environment and Sustainability, Univ of Michigan, Fall

2018 .                    Visiting Professor, LabexMed Excellence Program on Mediterranean Studies, Aix-Marseille University, Université Aix-                                  Marseille, France, Spring

2016                      Visiting Professor, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Fall

2014-2016             Visiting Professor, Department of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies, International Institute of Social                                                  Studies (Erasmus University), The Hague

2015 (Fall)             Visiting Research Fellow, CPDA, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2012-2013             Research Associate, CIRAD, Montpellier. France (Four Months)

2010-2012             Professor of Geography, Program in Planning, University of Toronto

1989 ‑ 2012           Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto (Associate Chair, 2000-02)

Fellow, Centre for International Studies, 1997-present; Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2008-present

1977 ‑ 1989           Assistant/Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto 

1976 ‑ 1977           Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario

1975 ‑ 1976           Lecturer, Division of Social Science, York University

1972-73                 Director of Research, Occupational Health and Safety Division, Saskatchewan Department of Labour


Boards, Review, and Advisory Committees (Recent and Selected):

Canadian Food Studies (2013 -   ), Food and Foodways (2002-  ), Theory and Society, (1982‑  ),  Journal of Agrarian Change (formerly Journal of Peasant Studies) (1986-  ), Studies in Political Economy (1990‑ 2007), Journal of World-Systems Research (1995-  )

Toronto Food Policy Council (Citizen Council within Metropolitan Toronto’s Department of Public Health), 2009- present (Community Co-Chair 1995-99).

USC Canada Board of Directors, 2011-2017. (seed diversity and small farmers). Continuing collaboration.

Toronto Seed Library Board of Directors, 2015-
Review Panel, Chaire Unesco Alimentations du monde, April 2016

Scientific Advisory Committee, 5th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference, INRA Montpellier, France, October 28-29, 2013, Innovations in Urban Food Systems

Jury, Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Change, 2010, Political Economy Prize, Studies in Political Economy 2015, World Systems Section of the American Sociology Association Book Prize

Jury, Studies in Political Economy Book Prize, Selection Committtee, Studies in Political Economy book prize, 2016

Review Editor (Chapter9), International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (UN-led, modelled on Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change), 2006-08.

Chair, Research Section on Political Economy of the World System, American Sociological Association, 1989‑90.

Awards (Recent):

Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Association of Food Studies, 2011

Visiting Fellow, Polson Institute of Global Studies, Cornell University, Fall 2009

Eugene B. Havens Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 2006 and 1988

Connaught Research Fellow, University of Toronto, 2006 and1999

Resident Scholar, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center, September 2005

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, Trinity Term, 2005

Visiting Fellow, Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, January-April 2005




Precipice and Possibilities: Global Political Ecology of Food. Fernwood (in progress)


Food Regimes: International Political Economy of Food. Tokyo: Kobushi Shobo, 2006 (in Japanese. Translator, Professor Masao Watanabe, with Michiko Kida).



Foreward, Diversity of Family Farming Around the World, eds, Pierre-Marie Bosc, Jean-Michel Sourisseau, Philippe Bonnal, Pierre Gasselin, ÉlodieValette, Jean-François Bélières. Springer and Éditions Quae. Translation of the original French edition published by Quæ in 2014: Diversité des agricultures familiales. Exister, se transformer, devenir.  

Metabolism of Global Cities: London, Manchester, Chicago, in Terry Marsden, ed. Sage Handbook of Nature, Section on Urban Natures: Sustainable Communities (ed. Alison Blay-Palmer), 2018.

 Changing Food Systems from Top to Bottom: Political Economy and Social Movements Perspectives, ch. 2 in Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner and Anthony Winson,eds., Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, 2nd ed, Oxford, 2016.



Food Sovereignty in the Golden Horseshoe Region of Ontario, Food Sovereignty in Canada,               Annette Desmarais, Nettie Wiebe and Hannah Wittman, eds.  Fernwood, 2012.


Seeds of the City, in John Knechtel, ed., Food. Alphabet City and MIT Press, 2007, pp.240-50.


Situating the Retail Revolution, in David Burch and Geoffrey Lawrence, eds., Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains: Transformations in the production and Consumption of Food. Edward Elgar, 2007, pp.294-323. (with Philip McMichael)


Discourse and Structure in the  Governance of Genetically Modified Foods:  Disempowering Civil Society, in John Kirton and Peter Hajnal. eds., Sustainability, Civil Society, and International Governance: Local, North American and Global Perspectives. Ashgate, 2006 (with Diane Bartlett)


 Feeding the Empire: The Pathologies of Globalized Agriculture, The Empire Reloaded: Socialist Register 2005 edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch, pps. 124-43. London: Merlin, 2004.


1750: Colonialismo e Prima Mondializzazione (Colonialism and the First Globalization). Atlante dell’allimentazione e della gastronomia. Torino:Unione Tipografico-EditriceTorinese, 2004 (with Sidney Mintz)               


Eating in the Gardens of Gaia: Envisioning Polycultural Communities, in Jane Adams, ed. Fighting for the Farm: Rural America Transformed. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003, pp. 252-73.


International Political Economy of Food: A Global Crisis, Reprinted in Carole Counihan, ed. Food in the USA: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 2002: 325-46. Prepared originally as "International Relations of Food," Barbara Harriss-White and Sir Raymond Hoffenberg, eds., Food, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1994 (prepublished in New Left Review and reprinted in International Journal of Health Services)


The Social Terrain: The History and Future of Sociology’s Object, in Janet Abu-Lughod, ed.  Sociology for the Twentieth Century: Continuities and Cutting Edges.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000, pp. 146-64.


Circles of Growing and Eating: The Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture, in Raymond Grew, ed.  Food in Global History.  Boulder CO: Westview, 1999, pp.  33-57.


Remaking Traditions: How We Eat, What We Eat and the Changing Political Economy of Food, in Deborah Barndt, ed.  Women Working the NAFTA Food Chain:Women, Food, and Globalization.  Toronto: Second Story, 1999, pp.  35-60.


"New Wines, New Bottles: The Regulation of Capital on World Scale. " (1991)  Reprinted in Bob Jessop, ed. Regulation Theory and the Crisis of Capitalism.  UK: Edward Elgar, 1999. Reprinted  in Jane Jenson Rianne Mahon, and Manfred Bienefeld, eds., Production, Space, Identity.  Toronto:  Canadian Scholars' Press, 1993.


"The Family Farm in Advanced Capitalism: Outline of a Theory of Simple Commodity Production, " in Krzysztof Gorlach, Patrick Mooney and Jess Gilbert, eds, The New Rural Sociology in the United States: A Selection of Readings, Krakow, Poland: Jagiellonian University, 1999, translated into Polish.


"Promethean Sociology: On Wallerstein and the Modern World-System, " in Dan Clawson, ed.  Required Reading: Sociology’s Most Influential Books, Amherst MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998, pp. 149-54.


"A Sustainable World Food Economy, " in Roger Keil, David V.J. Bell, Leesa Fawcett and Peter Penz, eds., Political Ecology: Global and Local.  London: Routledge, 1998. pp. 87-101.


"Warsaw Pact Socialism: Detente and the Disintegration of the Soviet Bloc," in Allen Hunter, ed., Rethinking the Cold War, Pittsburgh: Temple University Press, 1998, pp. 213-31.


"After Midas' Feast:  Sustainable Alternatives for the World Food Economy," Patricia Allen, ed., Food for the Future:  Conditions and Contradictions of Sustainability.  New York: Wiley & Sons, 1993, pp. 213-33. Reprinted in Roger Keil, Gerda A. Wekerle and David V.J. Bell, eds. Local Places in the Age of the Global City.  Montreal: Black Rose, 1996.


"Food Politics:  New Dangers, New Possibilities," in Philip McMichael, ed. Food and Agrarian Orders in the World Economy."  Westport CT:  Praeger, 1995, pp. 15-33.


"Distance and Durability:  Shaky Foundations of the World Food Economy" in Philip McMichael, ed. The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems.  Ithaca:  Cornell, 1994, pp. 258-76. Republication.


"Agri‑food Industries and Export Agriculture:  The Changing International Division of Labour",  in William Friedland, Lawrence Busch and Frederick Buttel, eds., The New Political Economy of Agriculture. Boulder:  Westview Press 1991, pp. 65-93.


"Family Wheat Farms and Third World Diets:  A Paradoxical Relationship between Unwaged and Waged Labour,"   in Jane L. Collins and Martha E. Gimenez, eds.,  Work Without Wages: Domestic Labour and Self‑Employment within Capitalism, Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1990, pp. 193-213.


"The Origins of Third World Food Dependence," pp. 13‑31 in Henry Bernstein, Ben Crow, Maureen Mackintosh and Charlotte Martin, eds., The Food Question London:  Earthscan, 1990, pp. 13-31.


"Agriculture and the State System:  The Rise and Decline of National Agriculture"   (with Philip McMichael), in Agricultural Policy, Aldershot, Hants, U.K.: Edward Elgar, Wyn P. Grant and John T.S. Keeler, eds., UK: Edward Elgar. Republication.


"Form and Content in Analysis of the World Economy:  The Limits of Structure", in Structural Sociology: Form and Behaviour in Social Life, edited by S.D. Berkowitz and Barry Wellman, Cambridge University Press, 1988, pp. 304-25.


"International Regimes of Food and Agriculture Since 1870," in revised edition of Teodor Shanin, ed., Peasants and Peasant Societies, Oxford:  Basil Blackwell, 1987, pp. 247‑58.


"Family Farming in Capitalist Agriculture:  Structural Limits and Political Possibilities," in G. Cox, P. Lowe, and M. Winter, eds., Agriculture: Policies and People, London, George Allen & Unwin, 1986, pp. 41‑60.


"Foreign Trade Policy and World Commerce:  The Case of Wheat, 1815 to the Present", in Foreign Policy and the Modern World Systems, Volume VIII of The Sage International Yearbook of Foreign Policy Studies, edited by Pat McGowan and Charles W. Kegley, Jr., Beverly Hills: Sage, 1983, pp. 125‑155.




Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

 Steve Gliessman, Harriet Friedmann, and Phil Howard, Agroecology and Food Sovereignty, Bulletin of Institute for Development Studies, forthcoming

Jennifer Blesh; Lesli Hoey; Andrew D Jones; Harriet Friedmann; Ivette Perfecto, 2019. Development pathways toward "zero hunger". World Development 118, pp. 1-14.

The Awkward Class: A Foundation for Peasant Studies, Classic Review of Teodor Shanin’s 1972 book, Journal of Peasant Studies, forthcoming

Towards a Natural History of Foodgetting, 2017.  Sociologia Ruralis 57: 2, pp. 245-64.

Paradox of Transition: Two Reports on How to Move Towards Sustainable Food Systems. 2017. Development and Change 48: 5, pp. 1210–1226. DOI: 10.1111/dech.12329

Transforming Global Governance in the Post-2015 Era: Towards an Equitable and Sustainable World, 2017. Globalizations. Summary by Nora McKeon of Dialogic Symposium on “Inclusive, equitable, accountable and transformative global governance in the post-2015 era,”  CUNY Graduate Center,  New York, 14 March 2016,


Interview (in English) on food regimes and Regulation Theory, with Gilles Allaires and Benoit Daviron, in Revue de la Régulation 20: 2 Autumn 2016. Régulations agricoles et formes de mobilisation sociale.


Food Regime Analysis and Agrarian Questions: Widening the Conversation. 2016. Journal of Peasant Studies 43: 3, pp.671–692, Contribution to the Bernstein-McMichael-Friedmann Dialogue on food regimes, food sovereignty, farming systems.  


Agriculture and the Social State. 2015. Journal of International Law and International Relations, Vol 12, pp.117-130.


Governing land and landscapes: Political ecology of enclosures and commons, 2015, Canadian Food Studies, Vol 2, No 2, pp.23-31.


Moving Food Regimes Forward: Reflections on Symposium Essays, Agriculture and Human Values 26(4), 2009: 335-44.


Whose Rules Rule? Contested Projects to Certify ‘Local Production for Distant Consumers’, Journal of Agrarian Change, Special Issue on Agrarian Social Movements,eds. Saturnino M. Borras Jr. and Marc Edelman, 8(2 and 3), 2008, pp.408-34. (with Amber McNair).


Scaling up: Bringing public institutions and food service corporations into the project for a local, sustainable food system in Ontario, Agriculture and Human Values, 24:3, 2007, pp.389-98.


Focusing on Agriculture: A Comment on Henry Bernstein’s  ‘Is There an Agrarian Question in the 21st Century? Canadian Journal of Development Studies 27:4, 2006, pp.461-65.


From Colonialism to Green Capitalism: Social Movements and the Emergence of Food Regimes, in Frederick H. Buttel and Philip D. McMichael, eds. New Directions in the Sociology of International Development. Research in Rural Sociology and Development, 11. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2005, pp.227-64.


The World Social Forum at Porto Alegre and the People’s Summit at Quebec City: A View from the Ground. Studies in Political Economy 66, 2001, pp. 85-105.


What on Earth is the Modern World-System?  Foodgetting and Territory in the Modern Era and Beyond, Journal of World-Systems Research,  Vol.  VI.  Summer/Fall 2000.  Special double issue edited by Giovanni Arrighi and Walter L.  Goldfrank, in honour of Immanuel Wallerstein. (permission to reprint in Social Creditor, UK)


Prometheus Rebounds, Review essay on Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World-System, vol. I, for Feature, Ten Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years, Contemporary Sociology 25:3, 1997, pp. 319-22


Blocs Rule -- and Blocs Fall Apart, Symposium in Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 9, 1995, pp. 181-97.


Premature Rigour:  Or, Can Ben Fine Have His Contingency and Eat It Too? Symposium in Review of International Political Economy 1:3, Autumn 1994, pp. 553-561.


Regulation of International Markets:  The Unresolved Tension Between National States and Transnational Accumulation, Bulletin of the Institute for Development Studies, (Sussex University), Special Issue on "The Political Analysis of Markets," Gordon White, ed.  vol. 24, no. 3, July 1993, pp. 49-53.


International Political Economy of Food: A Global Crisis, New Left Review no. 197, Jan./Feb. 1993, pp. 29-57. Prepublication of  “International Relations of Food” (chapter). Reprinted in The International Journal of Health Services, 25:3, 1995, pp.511-38 and Carole Counihan, ed. Food in the USA. New York: Routledge, 2002: 325-46.


Distance and Durability:  Shaky Foundations of the World Food Economy, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 2, 1992 pp. 37-83.  Reprinted as chapter.       


New Wines, New Bottles:  The Regulation of Capital on a World Scale, Studies in Political Economy 36, 1991, 19-42. Reprinted twice as chapters.


Rethinking Capitalism and Hierarchy, Review, Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economics, Historical Systems, and Civilizations, Vol. 13 No. 2, 1990, pp. 255-64.


Agriculture and the State System:  The Rise and Decline of National Agriculture, in Sociologia Ruralis  XIX (2), 1989: 93‑117.  (with Philip McMichael, equal authorship).  Translation into Italian:  La Question Agraria, no. 38. 1990. 


Patriarchal Commodity Production, in Alison MacEwen Scott, ed., Rethinking Petty Commodity Production, special issue of Social Analysis, no. 20, 1986, pp. 47‑55.


Postscript:  Small Commodity Production, LABOUR, Capital, and Society, vol. 19, no. 1, 1986, pp. 117‑26.


Patriarchy and Property: Reply to Goodman and Redclift, Sociologia Ruralis, vol. 16, no. 2, 1986, pp. 186‑93.


Practical Populism, review essay in Contemporary Sociology, vol. 14, no. 5, September 1985, pp. 542‑45.


The Political Economy of Food:  The Rise and Fall of the Postwar International Food Order, in M. Burawoy and T. Skocpol, eds., Marxist Inquiries: Studies of Labour, Class and States, supplement to Vol. 88, American Journal of Sociology, 1982, pp. S248‑86.  Translation into Dutch. 


Household Production and the National Economy: Concepts for the Analysis of Agrarian Formations, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Volume 7, No. 2, January 1980, pp. 158‑84.


Economic Analysis of the Postbellum South:  Regional Economies and World Markets, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Volume 22, No. 4, October 1980, pp. 639‑52.


World Market, State, and Family Farm: Social Bases of Household Production in the era of Wage Labour, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Volume 20, No. 4, October 1978, pp. 545‑86.


Simple Commodity Production and Wage Labour in the American Plains, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Volume 6, No. 1, October 1978, pp. 71‑100.


Are Distributions Really Structures?  A Critique of the Methodology of Max Weber, Connections, Volume 2, No. 2, Spring 1979, pp. 72‑80.


Dependency Theory: A Critique, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Volume 2, No. 4, 1977, pp. 399‑416 (with Jack Wayne).


Book Reviews:

-of Tony Weis, The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming, in Journal of Agrarian Change, 8:4, pp.618-23.

--of Elizabeth Brubaker, Greener Pastures: Decentralizing the Regulation of Agricultural Pollution, Literary Review of Canada, 15:6, 2007, pp.12-13.

--of Richard A. Walker, The Conquest of Bread: 150 Years of Agribusiness in California. NY: The New Press, 2004, in Journal of Agrarian Change, 6:1, 2006, pp.136-40.

--of Julie Guthman, Agrarian Dreams: Paradoxes of Organic Agriculture in California. Berkeley: University of California, 2004, in Journal of Agrarian Change, 5:3, 2005, pp. 436-38.

--of Colin Duncan, The Centrality of Agriculture: Between Humankind and the Rest of Nature, in Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 10:2, 1999, pp. 163-68.

--of Michel Chossudovsky, The Globalisation of Poverty, London: Zed Press, 1988, Contemporary Sociology, 1999.

--of John Walton and David Seddon, Free Markets and Food Riots: The Politics of Global Adjustment, Cambridge: Blackwell, 1994.  Contemporary Sociology 25:1, 1996, pp. 62-63.       

--of Jonathan Fox, The Politics of Food in Mexico:  State Power and Social Mobilization,.  Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1992.  Contemporary Sociology, 1993.

--of Joan Sokolovsky, Peasants and Power.  Canadian Slavonic Studies, 1992.

--of S.A. Mann, Agrarian Capitalism. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1992.

--of Dale Tomich, Slavery and the Circuit of Capital. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1992.

--of Jan Dréze and Amartya Sen, Hunger and Public Action. Contemporary Sociology 21, 2, 1992.

--of Sarah Whatmore, Farming Women, in The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1992.

--of Karl‑Eugen Wadekin, ed. Communist Agriculture, vol. 1:  Farming in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and vol. 2:  Farming in the Far East and Cuba, in Third World Quarterly, 1990.

--of John W. Warnock, The Politics of Hunger (Toronto: Methuen, 1987) and John Bennett, The Hunger Machine (Boxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987), Books in Canada, September, 1987.

--of Breadlines Knee‑Deep in Wheat:  Food Assistance in the Great Depression, by Janet Poppendieck.  (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1986, Contemporary Sociology, 1987.

--of Rachel Ann Rosenfeld,  Farm Women: Work, Farm, and Family in the United States,.  (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.  (Review also requested by  American Journal of Sociology), Contemporary Sociology, 1987.

--of Nigel Swain. Collective Farms Which Work?   (Cambridge: The University Press, 1985) and of Robert Deutsch, The Food Revolution in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (Boulder: Westview Press, 1986,  Contemporary Sociology, 1987.

--of The Political Economy of International Money:  In Search of a New Order (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs and Beverly Hills:  Sage, 1985, in  Rural Sociology, 1987.

--of Sharon Zukin, Loft Living:  Culture and Capital in Urban Change (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982), Theory and Society, Volume 13, No. 2, March 1984, pp. 263‑68.

--of Athar Hussain and Keith Tribe, Marxism and the Agrarian Question, Volume II: Russian Marxism and the Peasantry, 1861‑1930.  (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1981), in Insurgent Sociologist, 1983.

--of David Goodman and Michael Redclift, From Peasant to Proletarian (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1981) in Theory and Society, Volume 12, No. 4, July 1983, pp. 539‑44.

--of Immanuel Wallerstein, The Capitalist World‑Economy Contemporary Sociology, Volume 9, No. 2, March 1980, pp. 246‑9.

--of Samuel Clark, The Irish Land Wars Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 1980.

--of Jean Chombart de Lauwe, l'Aventure Agricole de la France Canadian Geographer, Vol. 24, No. 3, 1980, pp. 329‑333.

--of Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World System.  II. Mercantilism and the Consolidation of the European World‑Economy (1600‑1750)  Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 1980.



Selected Publications, Talks, Papers, Panels, Workshops:

 Workshop on Democratic Governance and Crisis of Democracy, 2018, Siena, Italy, October 21-23,

3rd International Conference on Agriculture and Food in an Urbanized Society, September 17-21, 2018, Porto Alegre, Brazil

 Paradox of transitions: connecting incremental changes with deep transformations in food systems 2017. Inaugural lecture,  National Research Meeting on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security, UFPR/Campus Jardim Botânico, Curitiba, Brazil, November 8-10

ICAS-Etxalde Colloquium - The future of food and agriculture, Bilbao, April 24-26, 2017

Future of Food in a Climate Changing World: Global Alliance for the Future of Food 2nd International Dialogue, and Sequestering Carbon in Soil: Addressing the Climate Threat, summary panel, May 3-4, Paris, May 1-3, 2017

Seeds, Soils, and Politics, Wenner-Gren Workshop, Santa Cruz, CA, September 7-14, 2016.

50 Years of Debate on Peasantries, 1966-2016, Keynote Plenary, XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology, August 10-14, 2016. Talks to appear in Journal of Peasant Studies.

Plenary Panel (with Lauren Baker), Re-Rooting Toronto's Food Region: Academic, Policy and Practical Perspectives, Canadian Association of Food Studies/Agriculture and Human Values/Society for the Study of Food in Society, Scarborough College, University of Toronto, June 23, 2016

Food Sovereignty and Social Peace: Rights, Human Security and Governance Challenges, Roundtable, International Studies Association, March 16-19, 2016, Atlanta


2015, keynote, Sociologia Ruralis Lecture, European Congress for Rural Sociology, Aberdeen, August


2015, Keynote, Planetary Natures conference, Binghamton, July


2013-14 Reflection on foodsheds in China, Brazil, Canada, first issue of Canadian Food Studies; teaching and lectures: Beijing Agricultural University; Porto Alegre, Brazil; Yale University Food Sovereignty Conference; Institute of Social Studies,The Hague; McMaster Medical School, Hamilton, ON (Nutrition and Heart Health); coming up: family farming Ryerson University, Toronto; global food governance University of Waterloo, ON; KOSMOS Summer University  FutureLand, 1st – 13th of September 2013, Humboldt University, Berlin


2012-13: Reinhabiting Our Earthly Home, featured theme paper in Envisioning Real Food Utopias, and Sustainability Panel, American Sociological Association, San Francisco,August 2012;

 « Le système alimentaire de l’agglomération de Toronto : pionniers de la durabilité, » Colloque Quelles Ressources pour Nourrir les Villes ?, Montpellier SupAgro, Feb.1, 2013 and “Governing urban food planning: the case of the Toronto Food Policy Council,”, CIRAD, Montpellier, Feb.11, 2013, Chair-UNESCO et Fondation Agropolis; Several workshops organized for CIRAD with Montpellier and visiting researchers, and several public talks invited by CIRAD, Agropolis Foundation, and SupAgro, Montpellier, Oct 2012-Feb 2013

Colloques Cerisy, Agricultures et alimentations dans un monde globalisé, Direction : Patrick CARON (CIRAD), Bertrand HERVIEU (Ministère de l'Agriculture),Bernard HUBERT (INRA et Agropolis International), September 21-28, 2011


Agrifood Renewal in the Golden Horseshoe: Synergistic Policies for an Urbanized Region,” Conference on Sustainable Local Food Systems in Europe and the Americas: Lessons for Policy and Practice,” Ottawa, March 3-5, 2011


“Control and Equity of the Food Supply,” Trinity College Conference, Munk School of Global Studies, University of Toronto, March 10, 2011


“Farming Systems for Health: Towards a Fifty Year Plan,” conference Leveraging Agriculture for Health and Nutrition, International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi, February 10-12, 2011.


Planning Committee, “Food and Religion,” Religion and the Public Sphere Conference, April 2011


“Feast and Famine: How the World Moved Towards a Two-Tiered Food System,” Keynote Address, Food Study Group, British Sociological Association, British Library, London, July 5, 2010


“Feeding the world healthily in 2050” , Keynote Address for Founding Conference of Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), University of London, June 23, 2010


 “Plan B – a different food system is possible,” The Food Magazine“ 89, London UK, June 2010


 “Through a Speculative Glass Darkly: Food and Finance in an Era of Hegemonic Transition,” Keynote for Conference on World-Ecology, Lund, Sweden, May 2010


Organizational Ecology of a Food System in Change: Early Stages of the Southern Ontario FoodShed Project,” Canadian Association of Food Studies, Montreal, May 28, 2010


Panel, “Feast and Famine: shifting to a sustainable food system,” Canadian International Council, Trinity College, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, June 1, 2010


Discussant, “Food, Politics, and Economy,” Asian Foodprints: Rediscovering Japan Through a Culinary Odyssey, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, May 5, 2010


Coordinator, Development Seminar, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto 2006-08


Organizing Committee and Panel, “Cultivating Resiliency,” School of Governance and Public Policy annual conference, “Ontario’s Test Kitchens , – Cooking Up a Sustainable Food System for the 21st Century,” University of Toronto and ArtBarn Community Centre, April 19-20, 2009


“Financialization, Agricultural Commodity Futures, and Hegemonic Crisis,” Conference on Food, Energy, Ecology, Fernand Braudel Centre, State University of New York at Binghamton, October 2009


“The Southern Ontario Foodshed Project,” Centre for Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz, December 2009


Presentation on Comparative Farming Systems, Symposium Convened by the Minister of Agriculture of Ecuador, Guayaquil, December 2009.


78th Couchiching Conference on Public Affairs, Panel, “Production and Cultivation: How Can the World Produce Enough Food to Go Around?” The Global Politics of Food. August 7, 2009.


Multistakeholder Consultation Convened under the auspices of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Prof. Dr. Olivier De Schutter, The Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations in the food sector in the realization of the Right to Food, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin, June 19-20, 2009


“The World Food Crisis,” Centre for Social Theory and Comparative History, University of California Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2009 and Whittier College Feb. 26, 2009


 “Slow Food, Trajectories North and South, Visible Warnings (World Food Crisis), Polson Institute for Global Studies, Cornell University, April 3-5, 2009


Panel on “Green Claims: the good, the bad and the ugly”, Guelph Organic Conference, January 23, 2009


“Reclaiming Comida,” Panel with Gustavo Esteva, Faculty of Environmental Studies Summer Institute, York University, June 27, 2008


“Re-Orienting Food Regimes: Agrofood Relations among China, Japan, and Southeast Asia Since 1870,” for International Workshop, Agrarian Questions, Lineages and Prospects, sponsored by Journal of Agrarian Change and School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, May 1-3, 2008

 (with Michiko Kida)


“Reflections on the UN International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD),” with other participants, panel organized by Joanne Jaffe, Agriculture, Food, and Human Values, New Orleans, June 2008


“Politics of Scientific Assessments: governments, private sector, international non-governmental organizations,” with other participants in IAASTD, Rural Sociological Society, Manchester NH, August 2008


“Food regimes” AFHS, Victoria June 2007. This was a special panel devoted to reassessing the concept developed over several years in collaboration with Philip McMichael



"Observatoire des Agricultures du Monde", Centre de cooperation internationale en  recherché agronomique pour le developpement, Montpellier, France, April 21-24, 2008


“The ‘Scientific Assessment’ as an International Space for Unusual Conversations,” American Sociological Association Thematic Panel, “The Politics of Global Governance,” August 2007


“The Supermarket Revolution,” University of Western Cape, June 2007


Interview, CBC Sunday Morning, June 10, 2007


Two lectures at Havens Centre, University of Wisconsin, on local and international politics of food standards, October 2006


“The Shooting Star of Codex Alimentarius: A Food Regime Interpretation,” International Sociological Association, Durban, South Africa, July 2006 (with Amber McNair)


“Agricultural Biodiversity in Multi-Cultural New World Cities,” Slow Food Conference, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy, October 8, 2005; circulated as “Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity in North American Foods, by listserve Food News, October 17, 2005.


“Deconstructing Disciplinary Discourses of Development,” Development Seminar, University of Toronto, April 1, 2005.


Modernity and the Hamburger: Cattle and Wheat in Ecological and Culinary Change,” Colloquium in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, January 14, 2005


Interview with Elizabeth Carvalho, GloboTV, Brazil, July 2004.


“Can we count on our food supply?” The Globe and Mail, Monday, June 7, 2004.


“A Corporate-Environmental Food Regime: A Proposal,” Symposium in Honor of Frederick H. Buttel, Sacramento, California, August 11, 2004


“Remembering Livelihood: Why Agriculture is Key to the Future of the World System,” Symposium on New Directions in Rural Sociology, World Congress of Rural Sociology, Trondheim, Norway, July 27, 2004


“Efficiency, Productivity, and Other Obscure Ideas: A Critical Approach to Ruling Ideas in Agricultural Regulation,” Workshop on Post-Neoliberal Alternatives, organized by Instituto Brasileiro de Análises Sociais e Econômicas (Ibase) in conjunction with UNCTAD XI, Sao Paolo, Brazil, June 14-16, 2004


Workshop on Eco-labels, EnviReform Research Project, Centre for International Studies, December 2004 (organizer)



“Codex at the Crux: Inter-State Controversies over Transgenic Technologies within International Organizations with Overlapping Jurisdictions,” International Sociological Association, Research Committee 40, Brisbane, Australia, July 9-13, 2002 (with Diane Bartlett)

"The Prehistory of the Hamburger: A Long Perspective on Transgenic Technologies as Extensions of Breeding of Human Co-Domesticates, " Conference in Honor of Stephen Bunker, University of Wisconsin, Madison, November 2. 2002, and  Studies in Political Economy conference on Political Ecology, Ottawa, February 1, 2002

"Territoriality and Beyond: Food Politics as Prefiguring Political Forms," Masters in International Relations Seminar, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, April 18, 2002

"Rural Sociology in the World Economy, Inter-State System, and Biosphere," Conference on Rural Studies of Canada: Critique and New Directions, University of Guelph, March 22-23, 2002

"The Secret History of Colonialism: Gardens, Kitchens, and Polycultures," Seminar on National and International Development, Queens University, March 14, 2002 and Development Seminar, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, March 2002, and Keynote Address, Agri-Food Network, North Palmerston, New Zealand, December 5, 2001

 "Gardens of Gaia: Possibility for Sustainable Foodgetting. " Sociology of Food and Agriculture Working Group.  International Rural Sociology Association.  Rio de Janeiro, July 2000.

"Flesh and Seeds: Regrounding Human Food," Dialogues in Development Seminar.  Department of Rural Sociology, Cornell University.  March 2000.

"The Post-Terrestrial Hamburger: A Story of Human Limits and Possibilities," Keynote address to European Congress for Rural Sociology, Lund, Sweden, August 1999.

"The Political Ecology of Agriculture," Department of Geography Seminar Series, Ohio State University, May 8, 1998.

"Beyond Vegetable Consciousness: Reviewing the Human Species," Keynote Address, Agriculture and Human Values Association and Association for the Study of Food and Society, Madison, WI, June 5-8, 1998.           

"Is Food a Right?"  Public Forum on the World Food Summit, Toronto, February 6, 1997.

"Shifting Sands of Sovereignty," Conference on Unfinished Sovereignty, Department of External Affairs and Carleton University, January 23-24, 1997.

"Circles of Growing and Eating," Conference on Food in Global History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, University of Michigan, October 1996.

Introductory Lecture on the world economy, Economic Literacy course of the Metro Network for Social Justice, September 1996.

Panel with Alain Lipietz  and John Saul, "Globalization, Neo-liberalism and Alternatives," York International Political Economy Summer School, Toronto, July 1996.

Organized and chaired panel, "Food Politics in Ontario, 1990-96," Bioregional Workshop, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, March 1996.

Public Forum (with Vandana Shiva and Ricardo Grinspun), "Environment and Development into the 21st Century," Faculty of Environmental Studies, and Department of Political Science, York University, Studies in Political Economy and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, June 29, 1995, York University.

"Farmers and Social Policy:  New Alignments for the 1990s," Workshop on Family Farming in the Contemporary World:  East-West Comparisons, Jagiellonian University, Crakow, Poland, May 29-June 1, 1995.

"Food and Social Policy:  Consumers, Environment, and Farmers."  International Congress, Agrarian Questions, The Politics of Farming Anno 1995, Wageningen, The Netherlands, May 22-24, 1995.

"Feminization of the Food System," Conference on Intersections in the New Political Economy, York University,January 1995.

"Working to live or living to work," Studies in Political Economy Conference, Carleton University, November 17, 1994.

"Regulation in an Era of State Restructuring:  Who Will Make the Rules?" Academic Forum on Restructuring the Agro-Food System," Trondheim, Norway, May 4, 1994.

"Politics of Food," Innes lecture, Canadian Studies and Sociology, McGill University, October 28, 1994.

"Growing our Local Economy," panel (with Elmar Altvater, A.G. Frank, and Rod MacRael) sponsored by the journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and the York Graduate Summer School in International Political Economy, July 20, 1994.

"Restructuring Food Politics:  Emerging Issues and Alliances," Forum for Government, Agricultural Organizations, and Researchers, Trondheim, Norway, May 3, 1994.

"The Regulation of International Markets," Development Studies Seminar, University of Toronto, January 19, 1994.

"Prospects for a Sustainable Food Economy," conference on Global Political Ecology in Honour of Harold Innis, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, March 5, 1994.       

"New Research on Gender and Food," panel discussion at Centre for Feminist Research, York University, March 9, 1994.

"Regional Food Policy," conference on Global Spaces, Local Places, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, November 9, 1993.

"Regulating the World Food Economy," Keynote Address, Conference on International Political Economy of Food and Agriculture, Cornell University, April, 1993.

"International Political Economy of Food,” Agrarian Studies Seminar, Yale University, November, 1992.

"Capitalism and the Collapse of Warsaw Pact Socialism," Department of Political Science, Yale University, November, 1992.

"The International Relations of Food," The Wolfson College Lectures, Oxford, March 3, 1992.

"International Food Complexes:  Effects, East and West," International Sociological Association, Madrid, Spain, July, 1990.

"International Agro-Food Complexes," Department of Regional Planning, Cornell University, April 26, 1991.

"Cold War and Capital," International Political Economy Seminar, Cornell University, April 25, 1991.

"International Food Complexes and Local Alternatives," Plenary Address, Conference on "Varieties of Sustainability," sponsored by the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and Agro-Ecology Program, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 10-12, 1991.

"Regional Alternatives to Global Agro-Food Complexes," American Sociological Association, Cincinnati, August, 1991.

"On Markets in Agriculture; Hungary and the United States," Conference on "Agriculture under Perestroika," Moscow, June 1990.

"What Happens to Family Farming When Families Change?  Lessons from the West for the East," Department of Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, May, 1990.

"Agro‑food Complexes in the World Economy," University for the Social and Economic Study of the Mezzogiorno, Naples, Italy, July 1990.

"Where does Regulation Occur?"  Political Economy of the World‑System Panel, American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 1989.

"The World ‑ Historical Development of Agriculture:  Western Agriculture in Comparative Perspective," (with P. McMichael), presented at the World Congress of Rural Sociology, Bologna, Italy, June 1988.

"Rethinking Agricultural Subsidies," Conference on Rural Communities in Crisis, Halifax, N.S., November 1987.

"International Food Regimes", Department of Rural Sociology, Cornell University, April 1989.

Four Lectures on "The Political Economy of Food," Eugene B. Havens Center, University of Wisconsin, April 15 ‑ May 5, 1988.

"The World ‑ Historical Development of Agriculture: Western Agriculture in Comparative Perspective," Working Paper #1, Sociology of Agriculture Group of the British Sociological Society, 1989 (with P. McMichael).

"Hungary's Plots bring Riches," Toronto Globe and Mail, August 16, 1984, p. 7.

"Agrarian Studies and Political Economy:  Challenges for Rural Sociology," Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 1981.

"Classes in the World Economy:  Proletarianization and Food Production", in Proceedings of the Folksuniversitetet, Stockholm, June 1980.

"Diets and Development:  Commodification of Food in the Third World," Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, May 4, 1988.

"Family Farming and Proletarianization: The Paradoxical Relationship Between Unwaged Labour in the First World and Extensive Accumulation in the Third World," Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton, March 24, 1987.

"Family Farming in the International Division of Labour," Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, April 18, 1987.

"Diet and Class Formation:  A Comparative History of the Potato and Wheat in the Diet of New Proletarians," to Seminar on Food Systems, Toronto, April 22, 1987.

"The Commodification of Food in Historical Perspective," Department of Sociology, Queen's University, January 1986.

"Agricultural Policy in Advanced Capitalism: Distinct Origins of a Shared Distinctiveness," in proceedings of the Rural Economy and Society Study Group of the British Sociological Association, Oxford, January 1985.

Panel, "Conflicting Interpretations of the World‑System," meetings of the American sociological Association, San Antonio, Texas, August 1984.

"Enrichment and Impoverishment in International Food Regimes," Duke University, February 1984.

"Household Agriculture in Capitalist and Precapitalist Economies," Emory University, Atlanta, February 1982.

"Political Economy of Food," University of California, Berkeley, December 1981.

"Agrarian Studies and Political Economy:  Challenges for Rural Sociology," 50th Anniversary of the Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 1981.

"Rethinking First World Agricultural Development", Thematic Panel, American Sociological Association, Toronto, August 1981.

"Proletarianization and the Global Commodification of Food," American Sociological Association, Toronto, August 1981.

"The International Context of National Policy:  Agricultural Support in the U.S. New Deal and in the European Common Agricultural Policy," presented at the meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, Minneapolis, April 1981.

"Proletarianization and the World Food Supply", Folksuniversitetet, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1980.

"The Structure of World Commerce: The Case of Wheat, 1815 to the Present".  Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, February 1980.

"Peasants and Simple Commodity Producers: Analytical Distinctions", Peasants Seminar,School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England, May 4, 1979.

A series of lectures on the world economy and on simple commodity production, Department of Sociology and Department of Economic History, University of Lund,  Sweden, May 7‑9, 1979.

"Canal Colonies of Northwest British India in the World Wheat Economy", Centre for Development Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 10, 1979.

"Social Origins of the Common Agricultural Policy," presented at the European Congress of Rural Sociology, Helsinki, August 1981.

"The Landed Classes and the Agricultural Crisis in the Late 19th Century: A Comparative Analysis of Great Britain and Germany", Ninth World Congress of Sociology, Uppsala, Sweden, August 14‑18, 1978 (with Jack Wayne).

"World Market and International Trade: The Case of Wheat, 1873‑1935",  International Studies Association, St. Louis, March 1977.

"Economic and Demographic Aspects of Simple Commodity Production", Seminar in Marxist Theory, University of Cambridge, England, January 1978.

"Family Farming and Capitalist Farming in the World Wheat Market, 1873‑1935", The Economic History Seminar, University of Cambridge, England, October 1977.

"Networks of Capital and Labour Flow in the Formation of World Commodity Markets: The Case of Wheat and the Food Supply of Europe in the Late 19th Century", Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1973.



Scholarly Activities (Selected and out of date):


Cine-Seder, artist-scholar discussion of food themes related to Passover, Victoria University U of T, March 23, 2010



                 Panel, “Making a Home Away from Home: Chinese Restaurants and the Chinese Diaspora, University                    of Toronto, February 2006



Masters in International Relations Workshop, “Politics of Genetically Modified Foods,” Prof. Lawrence Busch, Director, Centre for Food Standards, Michigan State University and Mr. Terry Boehme, National Farmers Union/Via Campesina, January 17, 2003 (organizer)

Organized International Workshop, “New International Rules for Agriculture”? EnviReform Research Group, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, April 19-20, 2002, and participated in subsequent workshops in Cornell University Poulson Institute of Global Studies, 2003 and Paraty, Brazil, 2005.

Screening Panel: Social Science Research Council (New York), for International Predissertation Fellowship Program, 1994.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fellowship Assessment Committee, 1984‑85.

External Assessor: Development Sociology and Rural Sociology, Cornell University, 1997; School of Community and Public Affairs. Concordia University, 1996

Tenure and Promotion Reports, various years: Australian National University, Simon Fraser University, York University, University of Otago (NZ), University of Missouri, University of Georgia, Cornell University, University of California at Santa Cruz

Participant, The Tomasita Project, Deborah Barndt, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, research on continental integration of agriculture with Canadian, US, and Mexican researchers, 1997-99.

Chair and Discussant, "Biopolitics under Globalization: Population, Food, Technologies, " International Studies Association, Toronto, March 21, 1997.

"Food Politics in Ontario, Bioregional Seminar, Faculty of Environmental Studies, organized and chaired panel, March 3, 1996.

Comment, Pesticide Industry, Greening of Industry Conference, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, December 1995.

"Bloc Relations, Inside and Out: The Collapse of Warsaw Pact Socialism," Conference in honour of Charles Tilly, University of Toronto, July 1995.

Discussant, "States vs. Markets in the World Economy," Annual Conference on Political Economy of the World‑System, Brown University, Providence, R.I., April 1984.

Roundtable on farm adaptation to long-term climate change, sponsored by Environment Canada and University of Lethbridge, Banff, Alberta, December 5-7, 1993.

Workshop on draft manuscript of the World Labour Research Group, Fernand Brandel Center, SUNY Binghamton, April, 1993

"Commodity Exchange and Food Systems," Workshop, Montpellier, France, August 31-4 September, 1992.

Miniconference on the Social Structure of Agriculture, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Sociology, May 16, 1990.

"Agriculture Under the Perestroika," Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, June 18‑24, 1990.

Social Science Research Council (New York), Research Committee on States and Social Structures, consultant, April 1984.

Ford Foundation Seminar on Commodity Systems in American Agriculture, University of California at Santa Cruz, December 10‑12, 1981.

International Conference on "The State and the Economy" (organizer) sponsored by Erindale College, the Connaught Structural Analysis Programme (University of Toronto), and McMaster University, Graduate School, funded by SSHRC, Toronto, December 1979.

Colloquium on "Production and Reproduction of the Labour Force", sponsored by the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations, the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, and the Max Planck Institut fur Erforschung der Lebensbedingungen der wissenschaftlich‑technischen Welt, Cetraro, Calabria, Italy, June 18‑20, 1979.

Working Session on the International Economy, organized by the Research Group on Development and Underdevelopment of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of the Conditions of Life in the Modern World, Starnberg, West Germany, December 12‑14, 1974.

"Do Networks Matter?"  Conference, sponsored by the Mathematical Social Sciences Board of the National Science Foundation, Camden, Maine, 1972.


Funded Research (Selected):

 “Strategies for engaging food insecure communities, university researchers and students and Cooperative Extension in building sustainable and equitable community food systems and economies,” USDA,  Canadian consultant. Christine Porter, University, University of Wyoming, PI.

- Community-University Research Alliance, Social Science and Humanities Resarch Council of Canada “Innovative Community of food practice of the Toronto Greenbelt (PI) with D.Barndt, Faculty of Environmental Studies,York University, 2009-10

- Social Science and Humanities Resarch Council of Canada (SSHRC), “Legitimacy in International Governance: Sovereignty, Science, and Public Participation in Negotiating Food Standards,” PI, 2004-09

-Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Strategic Grant, “Exploring Social Cohesion in a Globalizing Era: Strengthening Canada’s Environmental Community through International Regime Reform,”  (Co-Investigator; PI, John Kirton): 2000-2003.

-Connaught Research Fellow, University of Toronto (research leave with full salary), 2006, 1999

-SSHRC Research Grant, "Regional Alternatives to Global Agro‑food Complexes,"  1989-93.

University of Toronto, Research Leave Grant, "Regional Alternatives to Global Agro-food Complexes," 1991-92

-SSHRC Research Grant, "International Food Regimes," 1988-89,

-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Conference Grant "The Political Economy of the Margins" (with Professor G.A. Smith), 1988

-SSHRC Leave Fellowship, 1983-84

-German Marshall Fund of the United States, 1982-83

-SSHRC Conference Grant to Facilitate Collaborative International Research "The State and the Economy," 1979-80


Public Service (Selected):


-Executive Committee, Board of Directors, USC-Canada, 2011-present

-Co-Chair/Member, Toronto Food Policy Council, City of Toronto, 1994-1999, Member 2009-present

Town of Markham Agricultural Advisory Committee, 2012-2013

Oxfam “Hunger Banquet” speaker, Hart House, University of Toronto, March 19, 2011

Council for International Cooperation panel on Food Security, June 2010

-“A Bright Agricultural Future for Ontario and Canada: Ensuring the Economic Viability of Farming in Markham’s Whitebelt,” prepared for the Academic Alliance for Agriculture (with Jose Etcheverry) and signed by Ontario Academics in Several Disciplines and Universities, April 2010       

                 - Grant Review Committee, Local Food RFP, Metcalf Foundation, May 2009

- Public Conversation with Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food, Al Green Theatre, sponsored by Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival and the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto, May 2, 2009

                  -Panel on Swine Flu and Intensive Agriculture, The Real News Café, May 5, 2009

-Guelph Organic Conference, panel on Green Business, January 2008, 2009

-Facilitator, Creating a New Era in West African Cocoa Production: the Harkin-Engel Protocol and Increased Wellbeing for Farmers and their Working families, Cocoa Forum, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, June 19, 2008

- Greenbelt Policy Forum, Metcalf Foundation, Toronto, September 14, 2007

-“Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity,” World Food Day, distributed by “foodnews” listserve

- Address to Business Climate Deputies’ Committee, Government of Ontario, November 17, 2004, on New Developments in the Agro-Food Sector.

- Organized workshop on Eco-Labelling for Ontario, Munk Centre for International Studies, December 2004 (municipal and provincial government officials, farmers, food system participants, academics), with Lori Stahlbrand.

- Oxfam Canada Trade and Agriculture Working Group 2003-05

-Brown Bag Seminar, Harvard Club of Toronto, “Politics of Genetically Modified Foods,” April 27, 2003

-Interviewer, Harvard Club of Toronto, candidates for admission, 2001-02

-Video segment for Toronto Food Research Network, with text accompaniment, School of Nutrition and Community Studies, Ryerson University, Canada, 2000

-Advisory Board, Centre for Food Security, Ryerson University, 1998-2001

-Co-organizer, Food Jam workshop, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 2001

-Workshop Leader, Agricultural Forum, People’s Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, April 2001

-Co-organizer of Rhubarb Pie, first Salon of the journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, May 2001

-Ontario Roundtable of Action Canada for Population and Development.  Part of a series in regions of    Canada, November 1999.

-Occasional talks to public meetings and schools on food, agriculture, gender, international affairs


Undergraduate Courses:

Geography 329H, Global Food System, fall 2011, 2010

Sociology 349H Sociology of Food, 2008 (S and F), 2007, 2006, 2004 spring and fall

Sociology 338H Global Diasporas, 2007, 2008

Sociology 410S Senior Seminar; Transnational Commodity Chains, 2007

Sociology 277Y and H Globalization, 2003-04, fall 2004

Sociology 353F Sociology of the Global System Since 1945, 2008, 2003

Sociology 410F Senior Seminar: Gender, Ecology, and Development, 2002

Sociology 411S Senior Seminar: International Institutions and Development, 2003

Sociology 387F Qualitative Analysis, 1999-2001

Sociology 387H Qualitative Analysis I, 2001, 2002

Sociology 388H Qualitative Analysis II, 2002, 2003

Sociology 420S Topics in Interpersonal Relations, 1999, 2000 (fall and spring)

Sociology 304Y Change and Conflict in Contemporary Society, 1978-99

Sociology 365Y Gender Relations, approximately 1995-97

Sociology 410H Senior Seminar: Women and Work, 1992

Sociology 411S  Senior Seminar: Social Change

Sociology 206Y Introduction to Social Organization, 1980-89

Sociology 346Y Society, Organizations, and the Individual, 1978-80


Graduate Courses:

Global Food System (MA), Department of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies, ISS, The Hague (course leader, Dr. Mindi Schneider; joint preparation of syllabus; I taught one block of four, and worked with doctoral students as well as seminar students on individual projects


Workshop in Planning Practice, Geography/Planning, with V. Maclaren, 2010, 2011

                 Global Political Ecology of Food, Geography/Planning, 2011, 2012

Comparative Farming Systems, Geography/Planning, 2011, 2012

Social Ecology: Food in Global Context, Sociology/Masters in International Relations, 2008, 2009

Global Governance, Masters in International Relations - with J.Kirton, 1997-2007 (except leaves)

North-South  (Special Topic), Masters in International Relations – with P.Kingston, 2003

Research Design (Sociology) 2001

Global Governance, University of Belgrano (Sociology), Buenos Aires, Argentina, Summer 2001

Theories of Social Change (Sociology), Spring, Fall, 2000

Socio-economic Change and Development (Sociology), 1993-97

Methods in Historical Sociology (Sociology), 1987-91                   

Agrarian Social Structures (Sociology) 1978‑80 (with M. Murmis), 1981,1982, 1985‑86


Independent Reading: Policy Discourses and Political Economy: Food (Amber McNair, Andre Magnan,2002-03), Global Political Economy (Diane Bartlett, 1999, Lisa Mills, Political Science, 1995), Sociology of the World Economy (Mary-Beth Raddon, 1994), Social Change (Y. Atasoy, Spring and Fall 1988, T. Tilliczek , Spring 1988, (L. Gunther, 1987), Organizational Behaviour:  Suzanne LeBlanc (Spring I, Summer II, 1987), Sociology of Agriculture (Deborah Parnis, 1986, Mary Olah, 1985); Wazir Mohamed, Commonwealth Fellow, International Food Regimes (fall 2004)Sociology of Agriculture (spring 2005); various in Geography and Sociology



Postdoctoral Research:

Josee Johnston, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship on Global Food Politics, Centre for International Studies and Sociology, 2002-03. Supervisor.


Luz Helena Sanin, Public Health, Comparative study of reproductive effects in women working in agriculture in three countries of the Americas with different socioeconomic conditions, 2002-03, applications for further funding pending. Second faculty advisor.


Commonwealth Scholar: Wazir Mohammed, visiting from State University of New York, Binghamton, 2004-05


Visiting Scholar: Michiko Kida, PhD student on leave from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, to study international food regimes, 2009-10


PhD Primary Supervisor: 

André Magnan, The Canadian Wheat Board and the Creative Re-Constitution of the Canada-UK Wheat Trade: Wheat and Bread in Food Regime History, March 2010.

Marybeth Raddon, Community Currencies in a Gendered Economy, October 2001

Yildiz Atasoy, Islamic Development Politics in Turkey, March 1998

Andrew Okolie, Agriculture and State in Nigeria, June 1995

Katharine Kelly, Land and class in Quebec, 1990

Mustafa Koc, Tobacco farmers in Turkey, 1988


PhD Secondary Supervisor:

Brigit Ramsingh, History and Philosophy of Science, Early Period of Codex Alimentarius, May 2011

Lauren Baker, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, “Emerging Biocultural Agrifood Relations: Local Maize Networks in Mexico,”, 2009

Sandra Colavecchia, “Money in Marriage: Gender, Social Class, and Economic Inequality within Families,” 2005

Diana Worts, Social Support in Cooperative Housing, 2003

Lisa Mills (Political Science), Biotechnology policy, US and Canada, 1999

Vicente Espinoza, Networks of Social Support in Santiago, Chile,  Spring, 1992.

Rob Beamish:  "Marx's Intellectual Labour Process: The Case of the Division of Labour", 1985.           Susan Mann:  "The Development of Capitalism in American Agriculture", 1982.                   

Peter Meier:  "Differentiation Among the Peasant‑Craftsmen of Otavalo, Ecuador", 1981.

Anthony Winson:  "The Coffee Sector in the Political Economy of Costa Rica in the Twentieth Century",           1981.

Bruce Curtis:  "The Political Economy of Elementary Educational Development: Comparative Perspectives on State Schooling in Upper Canada", 1980.


  Masters Supervision:

Joel Fridman, Land and Finance in Ontario: Connecting Farm and Urban Land Use, Geography 2013.

 Michael Vidoni, Community Composting, Planning MSc, Geography and Planning, 2012

Kristie O’Neill, Nutrition Transition and Agricultural Trade in Kenya, 2010

Amber McNair, Export and regional food standards in Michoacan, Mexico, 2009

Elana Summers, “The Politics of Memory: Psychoanalytical Dimensions of Israeli Collective Memory,” MA Religious Studies with specialty in International Relations, November 2002,

External PhD Examiner: Simon Fraser University, 2007; Carleton University, 1987, 1994; York University, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002,MA 1999; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2000, University of Otago, NZ, 2001; Queen’s University, 2003; MA Examiner, Brock University, 2004.

University of Toronto Thesis Examiner:  Truong 2001 (Anthropology), Lacombe (Sociology) 1991.


Comprehensive Examinations:

Stephanie Holbick, 1979; Brian Walker, 1981; Horace Henriques, 1981; Sedef Koc, 1983; Mustafa Koc, 1983; Douglas Scoyne, 1984; Ignacio Llovet, 1984; Claude Denis, 1987; Len Guenther, 1988; Yildiz Atasoy, 1990, 1991 (chair); Andrew Okolie, 1991 (chair), Elizabeth Smaller, 1991; Tracy Adams, Fall, 1992; ; Julie McMullin, 1993; Mary-Beth Raddon, 1995 (chair); Godisang Mookodi, 1995, Jonah Butovsky, 1996; Patricia Langlois, 1999, 2000; Diane Worts, 1999; Weizhen Dong (2001); Diane Bartlett (2002), Randy Hart (2002); Djordje Stefanovich (2004), Amber McNair 2004, 2005, Andre Magnan 2004, 2005   


                 University Service:

2012-13: tenure committee, Sociology and (teaching) Geography

Religion and Food, Conference, Religion in the Public Sphere, University of Toronto, April 2011

School of Governance and Public Policy annual conference, “Ontario’s Test Kitchens – Cooking Up a Sustainable Food System for the 21st Century,” April 19-20, 2009, Organizing Committee

Honorary Degree, Sponsor and Hooding,Teodor Shanin, June 2008

Tenure Committee, Sociology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2007-08, 2003-04

Coordinator, Development Seminar, Centre for International Studies, 2006-08

“Organics: The Controversies,” Hart House Food Sustainability Conference The Real Dirt on Food March 17, 2007

Search Committee, Sociology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2003-04, 2001-02

Ethnocultural Initiatives Grant, Dr. Dipak Malik, for curriculum development and community outreach

     on mediating ethnic and religious conflicts in South Asia and elsewhere, May-June 2003

Nominations Committee, Sociology, 2003-04

MAIR Workshops: Panel on GM politics January 2003-L.Busch and others; Panel on G8, 2002 (with           John Kirton); Cosmopolitan Democracy, David Held, 2001.

Program Committee, Masters in International Relations (MAIR), 2000-2003

UTM Environment and Human Society, B.A., Advisor, 2002-03

Graduate Curriculum Committee, Sociology (all campuses), 2002-03, 1992-93, 1985-87

Executive Committee, Department of Sociology (all campuses), 2000-02

Associate Chair, Sociology, and Discipline Representative, Social Sciences, UTM, 2000-02

Third Year Review-Johnston 2005, Zhang 2002, Hannah-Moffat, 2001

Convenor, Graduate Area in Macro-Sociology, 1995-2005

Snider Lecture, University of Toronto at Mississauga - hosted Vandana Shiva, 2000

Graduate Admissions and Fellowships: Sociology, 1999-2000, 1978‑79

Search Committtee,  Sociology UTM, 1999-2000

Admissions Committee, MAIR, 1997-98

Advisory Committee, Collaborative Master’s Programme in Women’s Studies, 1994-98

Advisory Committee, Undergraduate Women's Studies, 1989-94

Dean’s Representative, Search Committee, Political Science, 1997-98

Curriculum Committee, Sociology, Erindale, 2002-03, 1996-98

Women's Studies Committee, Erindale, 1995

School of Graduate Studies Committee, Ad Hoc Committee for Collaborative Program in Women’s Studies (model for Collaborative Programmes; contributed to eventual Institute for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies), 1992-94

Advisory Committee, Women’s Studies Program, St. George campus, 1989-94

Brown Bag Seminars, Department of Sociology, 1993-94

President’s Committee to Review the Status of Women Office, 1992

Promotions Committee, Sociology, 1990-91

Convener, Graduate Core Area in Agrarian Social Structures, 1984‑90

Academic Affairs Committee of Governing Council, Subcommittee on Research Administration, 1987-88

Committee on Committees (new procedures for Department Governance), 1987-88

Staffing Committee, Sociology, 1981-82

Executive Committee, Sociology, 1980-81

Decanal Committee to Select the Chair of Sociology, 1978-79


               Selected Media:


The Agenda, TVO, March 15, 2011

Sunday Morning, Michael Enright, CBC, June 10, 2007

Sarah Elton, CBC, Globe and Mail Report on Business October 2007

Anthony Reinhart, Globe and Mail, Friday, September 14, 2007

CBC News In Depth: Food, posted 28 March 2008

CTV Newsnet, World Food Crisis, posted April 11, 2008

OMNI TV, Angie Seth, April 15, 2008