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Associate Professor Patricia Ballamingie

Just and sustainable food systems; Food policy and governance; Sustainable community; Environmental conflict & deliberative democracy

Degrees:B.A.H. (Queens), M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8566
Office:B440 Loeb Building

Facebook Groups

The Sustainable Futures Group and Regenerative Education Group


I completed a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and Geography at Queen’s University (1992), a Master’s in Environmental Studies at York University (1995), and a Ph.D. in Geography at Carleton University (2006). A broad range of experiences in the public, private, and non-profit sectors inform both my teaching and research. I am most interested in praxis – the application of theory, and I seek to make my teaching transformative, and my research critical yet constructive and action-oriented.

Research Interests

  • Just and sustainable food systems
  • Food policy and governance
  • Sustainable community
  • Environmental conflict and deliberative democracy

2019 – 2020 Courses

  • ENST 2001 (Sustainable Futures: Environmental Challenges and Solutions)
  • ENST/GEOG 4XXX (Localizing Food Systems)
  • ENST/GEOG 4XXX (Community-Engaged Research)
  • GEOG 6001 (Doctoral Core Seminar: Geography, Society and the Environment – Research and Professional Practice)

Current research affiliations

Eastern Ontario Research Node Co-Lead (with Peter Andrée), Nourishing Communities: Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group (led by PI Alison Blay-Palmer)

Management Advisory Board Member and Research Associate, Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University:

Previous research affiliations

Academic Co-Lead of the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub (2011-2015) and the Aligning Institutions for Community Impact Working Group (AICI-WG) (2016-2017), of Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) (SSHRC Partnership Grant, led by PI, Peter Andrée):

Recent Publications

Ballamingie, Patricia and Katalin Koller (2018) ‘Environmental Conflict/ Access to Natural Resources’ in Deborah C. Poff and Alex C. Michalos (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. Springer, Cham. DOI:

Ballamingie, Patricia, Goemans, Magda, and Martin, Gary (2018) ‘Chapter 6: Supporting Local Civic Engagement through a “Community First” Approach to Foster Broader Social Inclusion in Development’ in Fran Klodawsky, Janet Siltanen and Caroline Andrews (Eds.) Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities: Lessons from Critical Praxis-Oriented Research, pp. 148-177.

Peter Andrée, Mary Coulas, and Patricia Ballamingie (2018, September) ‘Governance recommendations from forty years of national food policy development in Canada and beyond’ in Canadian Food Studies, 5(3): 6-27. Available at: DOI: 10.15353/cfs-rcea.v5i3.283

Ballamingie, Patricia, Peter Andrée, Mary Anne Martin and Julie Pilson (2017) ‘Chapter 1: Connecting food access and housing security: Lessons from Peterborough, Ontario’ in Irena Knezevic, Alison Blay-Palmer, Charles Z. Levkoe, Phil Mount and Erin Nelson (Eds.) Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways. New York, NY, USA: Springer, pp 3-22.

Andrée, Peter, Patricia Ballamingie, Stephen Piazza, and Scott Jarosiewicz (2017) ‘Chapter 5: Can Community-Based Initiatives Address the Conundrum of Improving Household Food Access While Supporting Local Smallholder Farmer Livelihoods?’ in Irena Knezevic, Alison Blay-Palmer, Charles Z. Levkoe, Phil Mount and Erin Nelson (Eds.) Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways. New York, NY, USA: Springer, pp. 77-94.

Ballamingie, Patricia, Goemans, Magda, and Martin, Gary (2017) ‘Chapter 6: Supporting Local Civic Engagement through a “Community First” Approach to Foster Broader Social Inclusion in Development’ in Fran Klodawsky, Janet Siltanen and Caroline Andrews (Eds.) Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities: Lessons from Critical Praxis-Oriented Research, pp. 148-177.

Ballamingie, Patricia and Scott Jarosiewicz (2017, June) Kudrinko’s Food Hub Case Study on Nourishing Communities: Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group. URL:

Martin, Gary, Ruth McKay and Patricia Ballamingie (2017) ‘Climate Change and Housing Production in Ottawa, Canada: The Business Case for Change’ in Journal of Transnational Corporations Review. Taylor & Francis Online, pp. 1-12. DOI:

Martin, Gary and Patricia Ballamingie (2016) ‘Faith Missions and Church Redevelopment in Ottawa, Ontario’ in Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 25 (1), 80-87. URL:

Ballamingie, Patricia and Magda Goemans (August 29, 2016) Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) Ottawa Hub: Evaluation Synthesis Report, Years 1-4, 2012-2016. Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE). URL: DOI:

Martin, Gary, and Patricia Ballamingie (September 2016) Climate Change and the Residential Development Industry in Ottawa, Canada. Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) Paper. URL:  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.26038.29763

Andrée, Peter, *Mary Anne MartinPatricia Ballamingie, and *Julie Pilson (October 2015) Food Access, Housing Security, and Community Connections: A Case Study of Peterborough, Ontario. Nourishing Communities: Sustainable Local Food Systems Working Group.  URL:

Andrée, Peter, Patricia Ballamingie, & Brynne Sinclair-Waters (2014) ‘Neoliberalism and the making of food politics in Eastern Ontario’ in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. DOI:

Piazza, Steve, Peter Andrée, and Patricia Ballamingie (2014) Food Access and Farm Income Environmental Scan. Nourishing Communities Working Paper:

Ballamingie, Patricia & Sarah M.L. Walker (2013) ‘Field of dreams: Just Food’s proposal to create a community food and sustainable agriculture hub in Ottawa, Ontario in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 18 (5): 529-542. DOI:

Andrée, Peter, Patricia Ballamingie & Brynne Sinclair-Waters (2013) ‘Chapter 2: Eastern Ontario’ in Irena Knezevic, Karen Landman, Alison Blay-Palmer, and Erin Nelson (Eds.) Models and Best Practices for Building Sustainable Food Systems in Ontario and Beyond.  Guelph, ON: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  URL:

Walker, Sarah M.L. & Patricia Ballamingie (2013) ‘Just Food Ottawa’ in Community Food Toolkit: Ontario Case Studies.  URL: Waterloo, ON: Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group.

Goemans, MagdaPatricia Ballamingie (2013) ‘Forest as hazard, forest as victim: Community perspectives and disaster mitigation in the aftermath of Kelowna’s 2003 wildfires’ in The Canadian Geographer, 57 (1), 56-71.  DOI:

Ballamingie, Patricia & Susan Tudin (2012) ‘Publishing Graduate Student Research in Geography: The Fundamentals’ in Journal of Geography in Higher Education, URL:

Donald LeffersPatricia Ballamingie (2012) ‘Governmentality, environmental subjectivity, and urban intensification’ in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, URL:

Ballamingie, Patricia (2012) ‘David Suzuki Foundation’ in George S. Philander and Geoffrey J. Golson (eds.) Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, 2nd Edition, Volume 1, 301-302. Sage Publications.

Ballamingie, Patricia (2011) ‘Contester l’effacement: les Premières nations et l’étude du cas Lands for Life’ (translated: ‘Contesting Erasure: First Nations and the Lands for Life Case Study’) in Écologie et Politique, 41, 1-13. URL:

Ballamingie, Patricia and Sherrill Johnson (May 2011) ‘Researcher Vulnerability: Some Unanticipated Challenges of Doctoral Fieldwork’ in The Qualitative Report, 16 (3), 711-729. URL:

Barnes, Jeffrey Ivan, Wall, John E., Diaz, Domingo & Patricia Ballamingie (2011) ‘Missed understandings: cultural and communication disconnects in indigenous livelihood revitalization and conservation’ in Society & Natural Resources.  First published on 25 April 2011 (iFirst), 1-12.  DOI:

Ballamingie, Patricia (2011) ‘Art as Activism’ in Paul Robbins, Kevin Wehr, & J. Geoffrey Golson (Eds.) Green Culture. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Pp. 31- 33

Ballamingie, Patricia, Xiaobei Chen, Eric Henry and Diana Nemiroff (2010) ‘Edward Burtynsky’s China Photographs  – A Multidisciplinary Reading’ in Environments Journal, 37 (2), 66-92. URL:

Ballamingie, Patricia, and Sherrill Johnson (2010) ‘Greening Suburbia’ in Paul Robbins, Nevin Cohen and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.) Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Volume IV, Article No. 71.  URL:

Johnson, Sherrill and Patricia Ballamingie (2010) ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ in Nevin Cohen (ed.) Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Volume V, Article No. 129.  URL:

Lorelei Hanson and Patricia Ballamingie (2010) ‘Shifting the Frame to Imagine a Different World: An Interview with Frances Moore Lappé’ in Aurora, Issue 2010, 1-14.  URL:

Ballamingie, Patricia (2009) ‘Democratizing Public Consultation Processes: Some Critical Insights’ in Journal of Public Deliberation, 5 (1), Article 11, pp. 1-14.  URL:  Berkeley Electronic Press.

Ballamingie, Patricia (2009) ‘First Nations, ENGOs, and the Paradox of Ontario’s Lands for Life Process’ in Laurie E. Adkin (ed.) Environmental Conflicts and Democracy in Canada.  Vancouver: UBC Press.

Ballamingie, Patricia and Lorelei Hanson (2008) ‘Suburban Dystopia and the Threat of Peak Oil: A Review of the Videos The End of Suburbia, Escape from Suburbia and Radiant City’ in Environments, 35 (3), 93-96.

Current Graduate Supervisions

  • Katalin Koller, Ph.D. Supervisor, DGES, 2015-IP: Networks of solidarity counter environmental injustice: Ally-ship and the politics of reconciliation in settler-colonial Mi’kma’ki
  • Chloé Poitevin-DesRivières, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Irena Knezevic), 2015-IP: Crafting Community Economies: Tapping into Localism, Place-making, and Diverse Economies through Craft Brewing
  • Tess Macmillan, MA Co-Supervisor (with John Milton), DGES, 2018-IP: Transitioning to Organic: The case study of Ontario vineyards
  • Julie Pilson, MA Co-supervisor (with Jill Wigle), DGES, 2012-IP [LOA]: Impacting food security: A case study of four Good Food Markets in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sarah Levesque-Walker, MA Supervisor, DGES, 2011-IP [LOA]: They Pushed From Below: Propaganda, Production, and Urban Agriculture During Canada’s World Wars

Completed Post-Doctoral Fellowships:

  • Abra Adamo, Mitacs-Accelerate Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Advancing Innovations in Affordable Housing Development in Ottawa (June 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016)
  • Gary Martin, Mitacs-Accelerate Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2014: Accelerating the Market for Green Urban Housing

Completed Graduate Supervisions:

  • Magda Goemans, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Chris Stoney), DGES, 2013-2019 [C]: Bringing adaptation home: Engaging with climate change, municipal policy and urban natures at household scales
  • Jennifer Barron, Ph.D. Supervisor, DGES, 2013-2018 [C]: The Giving Trees: Community Orchards as New Urban Commons
  • Michael Lait, Ph.D., Supervisor, Sociology, 2012-2017: The rotting heart of Gatineau Park: How and why the Kingsmere-Meech Lake privatopia prevented a national park in Canada’s capital region
  • Nadia Ibrahim, MA Co-supervisor (with Peter Andrée), IPE, 2015-2017: Adopting a Food Systems Approach: The Case Study of Just Food, Ottawa
  • Deborah Carroll, MA Co-supervisor (with Irena Knezevic), DGES, 2013-2016: Consumer, Producer and State Relations within the Multiple Scales of the Eastern Ontario Egg Industry: Exposing Scalar Relations and Neoliberal Tensions
  • Katalin Koller, MA Supervisor, IPE, 2014-2015: Toward a political economy of on-reserve Indigenous education in Canada: Problematizing Bill C-33
  • Gary Martin, Ph.D. Supervisor, Geography, 2008-2013: Manufacturing ‘Home’: Sustainability Discourses in Suburban Ottawa
  • Lauren Allen, MA Co-supervisor (with Scott Mitchell), Geography, 2013-2015: Growing in the city: Analyzing Public Urban Agriculture in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Meaghan Kenny, MA Supervisor, Geography, 2010-2014: Exploring Immigrant Experiences of Urban Agriculture in Ottawa: From Food Security to Cultural Identity
  • Stephen Piazza, MA Co-supervisor (with Peter Andrée), IPE, 2012-2013: Food Access and Farmer Livelihoods: Policy Reflections from Stakeholders in Eastern Ontario
  • Stephanie Kittmer, MA Supervisor, Political Economy, 2010-2013: Neoliberal conservation: Legitimacy and exclusion in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
  • Chris Bisson, MA Co-supervisor (with Jill Wigle), Geography, 2010-2013: Food Forests in the Ottawa Greenbelt: Representing Forests and Reconciling Land Use
  • Brynne Sinclair-Waters, MA Co-supervisor (with Peter Andrée), Political Economy (2011-2012): Rethinking Eastern Ontario’s Local Food Systems through a Feminist Political Economic Lens
  • Geri Blinick, MA Supervisor, Geography, 2008-2012: Wild Rice in the Ottawa Valley: A Question of Food, Sovereignty and Decolonization
  • Lina Johnston, MA Co-supervisor (with Claudio Aporta), Anthropology, 2010-2012: Discourses of Survival and Security: Cuban Agricultural Reform and Construction of Local Farmer Identity 
  • Eric Lloyd Smith, MA Supervisor, Political Economy, 2010-2011: Asinabka: Toward a methodology of decolonial praxis
  • Austin Miller, MA Supervisor, Political Economy, 2010-2011: Rising to the Challenge of Global Resistance: The Political Economy of Vertical Farming in Canada
  • Donald Leffers, MA Supervisor, Geography, 2008-2010: Contested Discourses of Sustainability in Old Ottawa South
  • Madgalene Goemans, MA Supervisor, Geography, 2007-2009: Forest as Hazard, Forest as Victim: The Influence of Community Perceptions of Nature and Disaster on Forest Fire Mitigation Strategies in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Jeffrey Barnes, MA Co-Supervisor (with Derek Smith), DGES, 2007-2009: Cultural Keystone Theory: Theobroma Cacao Among the Kuna of Panama


  • FASS Excellence in Teaching Award (March 20, 2019)
  • Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award (February 23, 2016)
  • Appointed as a Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University (August 1, 2015 – August 1, 2020):
  • Carleton University Research Time Release Award (2015)
  • FASS Research Achievement Award (April 2013)
  • Finalist for the Capital Educator’s Award (May 2012, Nominated 2006 & 2013)
  • FASS Teaching Award (March 2012)
  • Nominated for a Graduate Student Mentor Award (2011 & 2012) – Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of the Vice President
  • Teaching Achievement Award, Carleton University ($15,000) (May 1, 2008-April 31, 2009): USING PODCASTS TO ENGAGE, REINFORCE AND EXPLORE CRITICAL CONCEPTS
  • Inaugural “Featured Faculty” award winner in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Winter 2006).