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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:email for cell phone number
Office:Loeb Building, B Tower, Room 450B


  • 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, 2006

Current research interests

  • Food policy and food systems governance
  • Environmental conflict and deliberative democracy

2023-2024 Courses

  • Fall 2023: On Sabbatical
  • Winter 2024:
    • ENST/GEOG 4450 Community Engaged Research
    • GEOG 6001 Doctoral Core Seminar: Geography, Society and the Environment


Research affiliations

Co-investigator on SSHRC Insight Grant: Civil Society and Social Movement Engagement in Food Systems Governance (2019-2024) [PI: Charles Levkoe]

Advisory Committee Member, UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies (2020-IP) [Chair: Alison Blay-Palmer]

Member, 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:

Co-investigator on SSHRC Partnership Grant: Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) (2015-2022) [PI: Alison Blay-Palmer]


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) [PI: Peter Andrée]

Select publications

Ballamingie, P., & Szanto, D. (Eds.). (2022). Showing Theory to Know Theory: Understanding Social Science Concepts through Illustrative Vignettes. Showing Theory Press. Available at:

Ballamingie, P. (2022). The American Bullfrog: Economic savior to monster to miracle cure. In P. Ballamingie & D. Szanto (Eds.), Showing Theory to Know Theory: Understanding Social Science Concepts through Illustrative Vignettes. Showing Theory Press.

Ballamingie, P., & Levkoe, C.Z. (2021, October). Wayne Roberts: Food systems thinker, public      intellectual, “actionist”. Canadian Food Studies, 8(3): 130-145.

Andrée, P., Ballamingie, P. & Coulas, M. (2021, August). Integrative governance for ecological       public health: An analysis of ‘Food Policy for Canada’ (2015-2019). Canadian Food Studies,    8(2): 189-226.

Spring, A.; Nelson, E.; Knezevic, I.; Ballamingie, P.; & Blay-Palmer, A. (2021). Special Issue: Levering sustainable food systems to address climate change (pandemics and other shocks and hazards): Possible transformations. Sustainability, 13, 8206.

Blay-Palmer, A., Goupil, S., Van Nijnatten, D., Haine-Bennett, E., Friedmann, H., Vasseur, L.,Dalby, S., Ballamingie, P., Di Battista, A., Reid, H., Wilkes, J., Zandvliet, D., Mcleod-Kilmurray, H., Roberts, W., & Fitz-Gerald, A. (2020, June 22). Transformative Post-COVID Infrastructure Investment in Canada – Infrastructure investments for a greener, more resilient and sustainable country: Ideas and considerations for Canadian decision-makers. iPolitics. Available at:

Blay-Palmer, A., Haine-Bennett, E., Goupil, S., Friedmann, H., Mullinex, K., Ballamingie, P., Settee, P., Wilkes, J., Ballamingie, P., Di Battista, A., Reid, H., Mcleod-Kilmurray, H., & Mount, P. (2020, July 15). Now is the time to build sustainable food system resilience. Canadian Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Studies. iPolitics. Available at:

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

  • Maria Dabboussy, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Sophie Tamas), DGES, 2022-IP: Woo Vibes: Feminist Scholarly Love
  • Lisa Wong, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Peter Andrée), DGES, 2021-IP: Measuring food system sustainability: Indicators, future developments & the case of nitrogen
  • 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
  • Catherine Littlefield, MA Supervisor, IPE, 2021-IP: Gathering, Governing, and Gifting Food: Community Economy and Food Distribution in the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
  • 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

Completed post-doctoral fellowships:

  • Monika Korzun (May 2021 – May 2022, with Dr. Amanda Wilson, SPU): Food Communities Network + Participatory Food Governance
  • Mary Anne Martin (September 2018- June 2019): Common Approach to the Social Economy of Food – co-supervised with Dr. Irena Knezevic
  • 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:

  • Chloé Poitevin-DesRivières, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Irena Knezevic), 2015-2021 [C]: Crafting Community Economies: Tapping into Localism, Place-making, and Diverse Economies through Craft Brewing
  • Erin Snider, MA Co-Supervisor (with Peter Andrée and Andrew Spring), IPE, 2019-2021 [C]: The political ecology of sustainable livelihoods in Kakisa, NT: Fish waste composting for enhancing soil productivity and waste management capacity in northern Indigenous communities
  • 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 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).