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Patricia Ballamingie

Associate Professor Environmental Studies and Human Geography

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


I completed a B.A. (Honors) 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

  • Localizing food systems and sustainable community
  • Environmental conflict and deliberative democracy

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)

Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University (August 1, 2015 – August 1, 2020):

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):

2017-2018 Courses

ENST 2001 (Environmental Challenges & Solutions) – Fall 2017

GEOG 5003 (Critical Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry) – Fall 2017

GEOG 4050 (Environmental & Geographic Education) – Winter 2018

GEOG 6001 (Doctoral Core Seminar: Geography, Society and the Environment – Professional Practice) – Winter 2018

Recent Publications

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 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 Martin, Patricia 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, Magda & Patricia 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 Leffers & Patricia 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

  • Mary Coulas, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Peter Andree), Political Science, 2016-IP: Pan-Canadian Food Policy Project: Evolution of a National Food Policy in Canada
  • Chloe Poitevin, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Irena Knezevic), DGES, 2015-IP: Brewing a sense of place: Examining diverse economies and localization discourses in the Ottawa-Gatineau craft brewing industry
  • Katalin Koller, Ph.D. Supervisor, DGES, 2015-IP: Cross-cultural solidarity networks counter environmental (in)justice: The New Brunswick anti-shale gas movement
  • Magda Goemans, Ph.D. Co-supervisor (with Chris Stoney), DGES, 2013-IP: Bringing adaptation home: Household engagement with climate change, municipal policy, and urban natures
  • Jennifer Barron, Ph.D. Supervisor, DGES, 2013-IP: The Giving Trees: Community Orchards as New Urban Commons
  • 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 Graduate/ Post-Graduate Supervisions

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


  • 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).

Recent Scholarly Engagement

  • Presented From Research to Action: Mobilizing Community-Campus Engagement to Transform Institutional and Public Policy as a part of a panel (organized by Charles Levkoe, with Diana Majury, Todd Barr, Kim Pate, Geri Briggs, Nastasha Pei, Bessa Whitmore, Gen Harrison, and Peter Andrée) at C2U-Expo, Carleton University [Co-facilitated a breakout session on: Aligning institutions for greater community impact] (May 27, 2015)
  • Organized and chaired 1-hour workshop: Facilitating Campus-Community Engagement: Models and Best Practices (with Karen Schwartz, Todd Barr, Lisa Meyer, Liz Lefrancois, Natasha Pei and Magda Goemans) at C2U-Expo, Carleton University (May 29, 2015)
  • Chaired session on Community Food and Farming at Canadian Association of Food Studies (CAFS) 2015 – co-organized with Phil Mount (June 2, 2015)
  • Presented Challenges at the intersection of food and housing security with fair wages for farmerswith Peter Andrée, Carolyn Doris & Mary Anne Martin in a session on Social Dimensions of Regional Food Systems, at the Sustainable Regional Food Systems Workshop: Theory, Practice and Policy, Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Waterloo, ON (June 26, 2014)
  • Presented How do we conceptualize food justice? with Irena Knezevic & Peter Andrée (non-presenting co-author) in a session titled: Regional Perspectives of Social Justice, Community Based Research and Health in the Food System at the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society 2014 Conference, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont (June 20, 2014)
  • Non-participating co-author with Peter Andrée and Steve Piazza: The conundrum of community food security: A review of community-based initiatives that address household food insecurity and ensure fair returns to local farmers in Canada and the United States at the Canadian Association of Food Studies (CAFS) 2014 Annual Meeting, Ste. Catherines, ON.
  • Presented (in a pecha kucka): Tackling housing insecurity and food access together: Lessons from a medium-sized Ontario city with Peter Andrée and Julie Pilson at the Canadian Association of Food Studies (CAFS) 2014 Annual Meeting, Ste. Catherines, ON.
  • Presented Motivating Faculty to Become Engaged Scholars at the Healthy, Resilient Communities Conference, Ottawa, ON (May 28, 2014)
  • CFICE team project presentation: Campus-Community Partnership for Health (CCPH) Conference: Learning to share power and resources in order to build more effective campus-community relationships in large research, multi-issue, university-based projects, Chicago, IL (May 1, 2014)
  • Presented ‘Neoliberalism and the making of food politics in Eastern Ontario’ with Peter Andrée, and Brynne Sinclair-Waters (non-participating co-authors) at Colloque du LEILA – Food Lab Colloquium, University of Ottawa. Invited by Marie-Josée Massicotte to participate in a one-day colloquium: Envisioning just and sustainable agro-food systems: Actors, principles and approaches(April 4, 2014)
  • Presented with Irena Knezevic, Alison Blay-Palmer, Peter Andrée, Connie Nelson, Mirella Stroink, Erin Nelson, and Karen Landman: FLEdGE—Transformative Communities of Food at the AFHVS/ AFSF 2013 Annual Meeting, Toward Sustainable Foodscapes and Landscapes, East Lansing, Michigan (June 20, 2013)
  • Julie Pilson presented ‘Best Practices in Tackling Housing Insecurity and Food Access’ with Patricia Ballamingie and Peter Andrée (non-presenting co-authors) at CAFS 2013, Victoria, B.C., in a session titled: Testing the Boundaries of Food Localization: Ecological Production, Viable Farm Incomes and Accessibility (June 2, 2013)
  • Presented ‘Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement­ – Inside the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub’ with Stephanie Kittmer (also Todd Barr and Blair Cullen as non-participating co-authors) at ESAC 2013, Victoria, B.C., in a session titled Community Involvement (June 4, 2013)
  • Presented with Stephanie Kittmer, The Community Environmental Sustainability Hub in a roundtable organized by Edward Jackson, Putting Community First: Practices and Policies for Maximizing the Benefits to Non-Profits of Community-Campus Engagement at the ANSER 2013 Annual Meeting, Victoria, B.C. (June 5, 2013)
  • Invited by Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community, Royal Roads University, to participate as an expert panel member for The Solutions Agenda, in an e-Dialogue on Food Security (January 14, 2013)
  • Presented with Peter Andrée and Phil Mount on Eastern Ontario Food Initiatives: Lessons Learned and Policy Challenges at the 2nd Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference, “Collaborating for Success” – University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus, OMAFRA (November 22, 2012)
  • Canadian Association of Food Studies Annual Meeting, Waterloo – Presented: Does the lens of neoliberalism clarify the possibilities and limits of community food initiatives? The case of Eastern Ontario’ by Peter Andrée, Patricia Ballamingie, and Brynne Sinclair-Waters in a session led by Alison Blay-Palmer, titled: Food Hubs in Ontario (May 26-29, 2012)
  • Pre-Congress Webinar at the Balsilie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Presented: ‘Field of Dreams: Just Food’s Proposal to Create a Community Food and Urban Agriculture Hub in Ottawa’by Patricia Ballamingie and Sarah M.L. Walker (non-participating co-author) in a session led by Alison Blay-Palmer, titled: Local Food Networks: SSHRC Participatory Action Research Projects(May 24-25, 2012)
  • American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New York – Presented: ‘Operationalizing Just Food: Analysis of the Greens Creek Farm Proposal’ with Sarah M.L. Walker (February 24-28, 2012)
  • American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle – Presented: ‘Being, story, land: Towards a decolonial genealogical approach to understanding environmental conflict’ with Eric L. Smith, at Indigeneity and Ontology 3: Ontologies of Land and Resources (April 11-16, 2011)
  • Building Sustainable, Local Food Systems in Policy and Practice, Canada-Europe Dialogue, British High Commission, Ottawa – Presented: Insights from Cuba: Viva la revolución agro-ecológica!(with Lorelei Hanson—non-participating co-author) (March 4, 2011)
  • Reclaiming Activism in Academia Symposium, Kelowna – Presented:  ‘Environmental Scholars: Engaging Beyond the Academy’ (May 5-9, 2010)
  • Environmental Studies Association of Canada Conference, Ottawa – Organized and chaired a joint ESAC/CAG panel: ‘Environmental Publishing’ (May 27-29, 2009)
  • Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, Vancouver –Presented in Political Ecology, Democracy and Citizenship: ‘Democratizing Public Consultation Processes’ (June 4-6, 2008)
  • Environmental Studies Association of Canada Conference, Vancouver – Presented in Environment and Education: Advocacy and the Academy‘Environmental Advocacy from Within the Academy: Opportunities and Constraints’ (June 3-6, 2008)
  • Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston – Presented in Environmental Education and Public Awareness‘Engaged Scholars: Critical Praxis beyond the Academy’ (April 15-19, 2008)
  • Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, University of Saskatchewan – Co-presented a paper (with Dr. Sherrill Johnson): ‘The Vulnerable Researcher: Some Unanticipated of Doctoral Fieldwork’ (May 31, 2007)