Dr Rojas is an environmental social scientist and has successfully led large research teams. He has expertise on adaptive resolution of environmental conflicts and sustainability, and community engagement in food security and food system sustainability and institutional adaptations to climate change. As the PI he will provide intellectual leadership for the project, oversee the research team, co-ordinate contributions from co-investigators and work with them in the integration of knowledge and disseminating results.
Dr Bomke, a soil scientist and agroecologist (primary production and production and environmental impacts), is currently the Principal Investigator of a similar and complementary project on food security in BC and teaches LFS 350.
Dr. Chapman is a food sociologist and expert in nutrition, human health and food system evaluation, focusing on how people’s everyday food practices and concerns are shaped by socially constructed notions about food, health, bodies, and social roles.
Dr. Jennifer Black is from the Food, Nutrition and Health Program at UBC. Her work focuses on understanding how social factors, neighbourhood context and the food environment shape dietary choices and health outcomes. She is currently a co-instructor of LFS 350.
Dr. Mendes is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC and Research Associate at the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. She specializes in urban sustainability, local governance and policymaking, food systems planning and urban agriculture.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Mark Bomford is the Manager of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. He specializes in agroecology, food system analysis, community-based sustainability education and carbon and ecological footprint analysis of food systems.
Matthew Kempshaw is the Project Coordinator of the Environmental Youth Alliance’s Growing Kids and Community Nursery Projects. His interests include: urban community composting, place based and learner directed curriculum development, promoting and supporting people in under-served communities to grow and process their own food, youth engagement, and developing urban food forestry projects in public commons. He currently works with 6 schools and grows thousands of vegetable and herb seedlings for distribution in East Vancouver.