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Marylynn Steckley

Instructor, BGINS

Degrees:B.A., Human Geography/English Literature (Brock University) M.A., Human Geography/International Development (University of Waterloo) Ph.D., Geography and Migration/Ethnic Relations (Western University) Post-Doc., Indigenous Health and Food Systems (Western University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5068
Office:Room 2402R, Richcraft Hall
Website:BGINS Staff Page

My work is located broadly in the field of political ecology, with a focus on globalization, and social inequality. I am particularly interested in processes of social differentiation, displacement, and ‘othering’ through food systems, with an emphasis on how class, race and gender intersect to influence food security, dietary choices, and access to land. My approach to food systems reflects the ‘structure-agency’ tension that characterizes much of the work in the field of political ecology, and has focused on how political economic systems and food cultures interact to influence environmental and dietary change. In this respect, I aim to understand how agro-food trade policies and dietary aspirations for ‘prestigious’ goods can shape food systems in ways that can reproduce poverty and contribute to environmental change. However, I am deeply committed to the faith that this is not inevitable – eating can also be emancipatory!

Before coming to Carleton in 2017, I was an Assistant Professor in Global and International Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. I completed my post-doctoral research in Indigenous Food Systems and Health at Western University in Ontario, Canada with a focus on examining the differential food security impacts of environmental change, and dietary displacement for Indigenous Canadians across space. My scholarship has focused most on food systems, peasant movements, and agrarian change in post-earthquake Haiti, where I have lived and worked for over 5 years. More recent projects have focused on the feminization of rural labour in Haiti, and “mothering” in the field. I have also conducted field research investigating value-added recycling activities in waste-picking communities in Cambodia and Indonesia, and post-disaster vulnerability and governance responses to the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. My research and writing has been funded by SSHRC, the IDRC, and CIDA.

Alongside my academic path, I have worked in the field of International Development as a Policy Analyst, Advocacy and Food Justice coordinator, and disaster response coordinator.