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Professor Patricia Ballamingie

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

Degrees:B.A.H. (Queens), M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8566; email for cell number during COVID-19 pandemic
Office:Loeb Building, B Tower, Room 450B

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· B.A. Honours (Economics, Geography), Queen’s University, 1992
· M.E.S. (Environmental Studies – Communications in Health Promotion), York University, 1995
· Ph.D. (Geography), Carleton University

Research Interests

· Just and sustainable food systems
· Food policy and governance
· Environmental conflict and deliberative democracy

2020 – 2021 Courses

· GEOG 6001 (Doctoral Core Seminar: Geography, Society and the Environment – Research and Professional Practice)

Current research affiliations

UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies, Advisory Committee, Ottawa Research Cluster (with Irena Knezevic), 2020-IP

Building Back Better Post COVID-19 Task Force — Established by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University:

Management Advisory Board Member (2019-IP) and Research Associate (2015-IP), Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2019-IP:

Eastern Ontario Research Node Co-Lead (with Peter Andrée and Irena Knezevic), Nourishing Communities: Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group (led by PI Alison Blay-Palmer), 2011-IP:

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):

Select Publications

Ballamingie, P., Blay-Palmer, A.D., Knezevic, I., Lacerda, A.E.B., Nimmo, E.R., Stahlbrand, L., & Ayalon, R. (2020, Spring). Integrating a food systems lens into discussions of urban resilience: Analyzing the policy environment. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 9(3): 227-243. Retrieved from

Ballamingie, P., Poitevin-DesRivières, C., & Knezevic, I. (2019, Fall). Hidden Harvest’s transformative potential: An example of ‘community economy’. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 9(1): 125-139. Available at: DOI:

Martin, M.A., Knezevic, I. & Ballamingie, P. (2019). Social economy of food initiatives that are nourishing communities through power-with practices. Canadian Food Studies /La Revue Canadienne Des Études Sur L’alimentation, 6(3): 148-169.

Andrée, P., Coulas, M. & Ballamingie, P. (2019, September). Canada’s national food policy: The political basis for coordination and integration. In H. McLeod-Kilmurray, A. Lee & N. Chalifour (Eds.), Food Law and Policy in Canada. Carswell Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-7798-9152-8

Ballamingie, P. & Koller, K. (2018). Environmental conflict/ Access to natural resources. In D.C. Poff & A.C. Michalos (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. Springer, Cham. DOI:

Ballamingie, P., Goemans, M., & Martin, G. (2018). Chapter 6: Supporting local civic engagement through a ‘Community First’ approach to foster broader social inclusion in development. In F. Klodawsky, J. Siltanen & C. Andrews (Eds.) Toward equity and inclusion in Canadian cities: Lessons from critical praxis-oriented research, pp. 148-177.

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

Ballamingie, P., Andrée, P., Martin, M.A., & Pilson, J. (2017). Chapter 1: Connecting food access and housing security: Lessons from Peterborough, Ontario. In I. Knezevic, A.D. Blay-Palmer, C.Z. Levkoe, P. Mount & E. Nelson (Eds.) Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways. New York, NY, USA: Springer, pp 3-22.

Andrée, P., Ballamingie, P., Piazza, S., & Jarosiewicz, S. (2017). Chapter 5: Can community-based initiatives address the conundrum of improving household food access while supporting local smallholder farmer livelihoods? In I. Knezevic, A.D. Blay-Palmer, C.Z. Levkoe, P. Mount & E. Nelson (Eds.) Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways. New York, NY, USA: Springer, pp. 77-94.

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

Martin, G., McKay, R. & Ballamingie, P. (2017). Climate change and housing production in Ottawa, Canada: The business case for change. Journal of Transnational Corporations Review. Taylor & Francis Online, pp. 1-12. DOI:

Martin, G. & Ballamingie, P. (2016). Faith missions and church redevelopment in Ottawa, Ontario. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 25 (1), 80-87. URL:

Ballamingie, P, & Goemans, M. (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:

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

Piazza, S., Andrée, P., & Ballamingie, P. (2014). Food Access and Farm Income Environmental Scan. Nourishing Communities Working Paper:

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

Andrée, P., Ballamingie, P. & Sinclair-Waters, B. (2013). Chapter 2: Eastern Ontario. In I. Knezevic, K. Landman, A.D. Blay-Palmer, & E. 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, S.M.L. & Ballamingie, P. (2013) Just Food Ottawa. In Community Food Toolkit: Ontario Case Studies. URL: Waterloo, ON: Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group.

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

Ballamingie, P. & Tudin, S. (2012). Publishing graduate student research in geography: The fundamentals. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37(2): 304-314. DOI:

Donald L. & Ballamingie, P. (2012). Governmentality, environmental subjectivity, and urban intensification. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 18(2): 134-151. DOI:

Ballamingie, P. (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, P. & Johnson, S. (May 2011). Researcher vulnerability: Some unanticipated challenges of doctoral fieldwork. The Qualitative Report, 16 (3): 711-729. URL:

Ballamingie, P., Chen, X., Henry, E. & Nemiroff, D. (2010). Edward Burtynsky’s China Photographs – A Multidisciplinary Reading. In Environments Journal, 37 (2), 66-92. URL:

Ballamingie, P. (2009). Democratizing public consultation processes: Some critical insights. Journal of Public Deliberation, 5 (1), Article 11, pp. 1-14. URL: Berkeley Electronic Press.

Ballamingie, P. (2009). First Nations, ENGOs, and the paradox of Ontario’s Lands for Life process. In L.E. Adkin (Ed.) Environmental conflicts and democracy in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Current Graduate Supervisions

· Trudi Zundel, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Charles Levkoe), DGES, 2019-IP: Enacting alternative futures through organizational practice: Lessons from civil society

· 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

· Richard Wright, MA Co-supervisor (with David Hugill), DGES, 2019-IP: Understanding Producer Motivations for Participating in Farmers’ Markets: A Comparative Case Study in Ottawa, Ontario

· Iain Storosko, MA Co-supervisor (with Peter Andrée), DGES, 2019-IP: Evaluating participatory plant breeding programs in Canada and their effectiveness as a strategy for climate change adaptation

· Erin Snider, MA Co-Supervisor (with Peter Andrée and Andrew Spring), IPE, 2019-IP: Fish composting in Kakisa, NWT: A sustainable livelihoods approach

Completed Post-Doctoral Fellowships:

· Dr. Mary Anne Martin (September 2018- June 2019): Common Approach to the Social Economy of Food – co-supervised with Dr. Irena Knezevic

· Dr. Abra Adamo, Mitacs-Accelerate Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Advancing Innovations in Affordable Housing Development in Ottawa (June 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016)

· Dr. Gary Martin, Mitacs-Accelerate Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2014: Accelerating the Market for Green Urban Housing

Completed Graduate Supervisions:

· Tess Macmillan, MA Co-Supervisor (with John Milton), DGES, 2018-2020 [C]: The Role of Regulations in Decisions Regarding the Transition to Organic, Biodynamic, and Sustainable Agricultural Productions: The Case of Niagara Vineyards

· 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


· Carleton University Research Achievement Award (to be taken up through 2021): Governance Insights from Food System Elders: Civil Society and Social Movement Perspectives

· Favourite Faculty 2019-2020 – Resident Nominations, Housing and Resident Life Services (January 3, 2020)

· CUSA Teaching Excellence Award (May 2019)

· Co-applicant on Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer’s SSHRC Impact Award – named one of three finalists in Partnership category (September 4, 2019):

· FASS Excellence in Teaching Award (March 20, 2019)

· Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award (February 23, 2016)

· 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).