University of Calgary

Lauren Kepkiewicz

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Research Interests

  • Critical Food Studies
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Settler Colonialism

Current Research Projects

Working across difference: A case study of food system transformation in the Bow Valley, SSHRC CRC & Faculty of Arts, Postdoctoral Researcher, Co-PI: Dr. Marit Rosol

Our Home, Our Food, Our Resilience: A Citizen Science Approach to Food Asset Mapping and New Frontiers in Ecological Heritage Planning in Canada, SSHRC New Frontiers Grant, Collaborator, PI: Dr. Tammara Soma

Profile

Lauren joined the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary in September 2019 as a postdoctoral associate. Her current research was developed in partnership with the Bow Valley Food Alliance, using community-based research methodologies. This research focuses on examining key food issues, strengths, and possible food systems’ changes in the Bow Valley, including Rocky Mountain municipalities ID9 (Lake Louise), Banff, Canmore, and MD Big Horn. Lauren is also part of a collective which is beginning a SSHRC funded collaborative research project that examines how settler and Indigenous peoples are building relationships through processes of Indigenous-led land reMatriation and food sovereignty.

Lauren’s current research builds on her PhD work at the University of Toronto, which aimed to better understand the ways that settler food sovereignty activism reproduces and resists settler colonialism in Canada. Her work draws from her experience as a research assistant and management team member for the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE): Community Food Sovereignty Hub as well as her participation in as an associate member of the National Farmers Union Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG). Previous experience with other food organizations has also greatly influenced her work, including the Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus, Irvine Creek Organics, the Collaborative Alliance of Farmer Training Ontario,

Lauren joined the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary in September 2019 as a postdoctoral research associate working with Dr. Marit Rosol. Her current research was developed in partnership with the Bow Valley Food Alliance, using community-based research methodologies. This research focuses on examining key food issues, strengths, and future food systems’ changes in the Bow Valley, including Rocky Mountain municipalities ID9 (Lake Louise), Banff, Canmore, and MD Big Horn. Lauren is also part of a collective which is beginning a SSHRC funded collaborative research project that examines how settler and Indigenous peoples are building relationships through processes of Indigenous-led land reMatriation and food sovereignty.

Lauren’s current research builds on her PhD work at the University of Toronto, which aimed to better understand the ways that settler food sovereignty activism reproduces and resists settler colonialism in Canada. Her work draws from her experience as a research assistant and management team member for the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE): Community Food Sovereignty Hub as well as her participation in as an associate member of the National Farmers Union Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG). Previous experience with a variety of food organizations has also greatly influenced her work, including the Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus, Irvine Creek Organics, the Collaborative Alliance of Farmer Training Ontario, the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, and the Canmore Community Garden.
the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, and the Canmore Community Garden.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Kepkiewicz, L., & Dale, B. (2018). Keeping ‘our’ land: Agriculture, property, and food sovereignty in Canada. The Journal of Peasant Studies. DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2018.1439929

Kepkiewicz, L., Levkoe, C., & Brynne, A. (2018). Community first for whom? Reflections on the possibilities and challenges of community-campus
engagement from the Community Food Sovereignty Hub. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning. 4(2), 43-60.

Kepkiewicz, L., & Rotz, S. (2018). Toward anti-colonial food policy in Canada? (Im)possibilities within the settler state. Journal of Canadian Food Studies. 5(2):13-24.

Kepkiewicz, L. (2017). Understanding food sovereignty in Canada: Settler colonialism and Indigenous-settler alliances. In A. Desmarais, P. Claeys, & A. Trauger (Eds.), Public policies for food sovereignty: Social movements and the state (pp. 164-180). New York: Routledge.

Kepkiewicz, L., Srivastava, R., Levkoe, C., Brynne, A., & Kneen, C. (2017). Community engaged action research and food sovereignty in Canada. In C. Buchanan, C. Anderson, J. Sanchez Rodriquez, M. Chang & T. Wakeford. (Eds.), Everyday experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system. Coventry: Coventry University. (pp. 293-208). Available at: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/agroecology-water-resilience/our-publications/everyday-experts-how-peoples-knowledge-can-transform-the-food-system/

Kepkiewicz, L. (2015). Pedagogy lost? Possibilities for adult learning and solidarity in food activism. Studies in the Education of Adults, 47(2), 185-198.

Rotz, S., & Kepkiewicz, L. (2018). Settler colonialism and the (im)possibilities of a national food policy. Canadian Association of Food Studies. 5(3),248-258.

Non-peer Reviewed Publications

Andrée, P., Kepkiewicz, L., Levkoe, C., Brynne, A. & Kneen, C. (2016). In J. Sumner (Ed.), Learning, food, and sustainability in community-campus engagement: Teaching and research partnerships that strengthen the food sovereignty movement (pp. 133-153). New York: Palgrave MacMillan

Kepkiewicz, L., Chrobok, M., Whetung, M., Cahuas, M., Gill, J., Walker, S. & Wakefield, S. (2015). Beyond inclusion: Toward an anti-colonial food justice praxis. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4), 99–104.

Reports and Popular Writing

Kepkiewicz, L. (2019). Imagining food in Banff: Strengths, issues and possibilities. Bow Valley Food Alliance. Available upon request.

Kepkiewicz. L., & Rotz, S. (2016, August 15). Toward anti-colonial food policy in Canada? A reflection on the People’s Food Policy Project [Blog post]. Food, Equity, and Activism Study Team. Retrieved from https://feast-uoft.org/2016/08/15/toward-anti-colonial-food-policy-in-canada-a-reflection-on-the-peoples-food-policy-project/

Kepkiewicz, L. & Levkoe, C. (2016, March). Towards decolonizing community-campus partnerships: A working paper for Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement. Retrieved from https://carleton.ca/communityfirst/wp-content/uploads/Decolonizing-CCE-Working-Paper_March-2016.pdf

Kepkiewicz, L. (2016, February 5). How can CCE support Indigenous struggles for land through food? [Blog post]. Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement Blog. Retrieved from https://carleton.ca/communityfirst/2016/3043/

CFICE: CFS Hub. (2015, March). Looking back, looking forward: Reflections and recommendations for the next phase of Community First Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE). A Community Food Security Hub discussion paper.

Kepkiewicz, L. (2015, January 4). More celebration, less self-congratulation [Blog post]. Food, Equity, and Activism Research Team. Retrieved from: https://feast-uoft.org/2016/01/04/more-celebration-less-self-congratulation/

CFICE: CFS Hub Newsletter. (Spring 2015). Volume 2. https://carleton.ca/communityfirst/wp-content/uploads/CFICE-Newsletter-Issue-2-2015.pdf

CFICE: CFS Hub Newsletter. (Fall 2014), Volume 1. http://carleton.ca/communityfirst/wp-content/uploads/cfice-cfs-hub-newsletter-2014.pdf

Previous Research Positions

2018-2019 | Community-Based Researcher, Bow Valley Food Alliance, Banff, Canada.

2014-2018 | Research Assistant and Management Team Member, Community First! Impacts of Community Engagement: Community Food Sovereignty Hub, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

2014-2018 | Graduate Student Researcher, Food Equity and Activist Research Team (FEAST), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Teaching Positions

Fall 2016 | Food, Environment and People, Head Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Spring 2015 | Global Food Systems, Course Instructor, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Winter 2015 | Global Food Systems, Course Instructor, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Spring 2014 | Food, Environment and People, Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Fall 2013 | Food, Environment and People, Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Spring 2013 | Food, Environment and People, Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Winter 2013 | Social Science Research Methods, Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Fall 2012 | The Historical Geography of North America, Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Photograph of Lauren Kepkiewicz

Degrees

  • PhD - Human Geography
    University of Toronto, 2018
  • MA - Global Studies
    Universitat Wien, 2009
  • MSc - Economic History
    London School of Economics and Political Science, 2008
  • BA (Hons) - International Development and Political Science
    Dalhousie University, 2007
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