I am a food scholar, teacher, activist, and critical designer. I am part food nerd, part academic and part environmentalist who really loves art that makes me think deeper or differently about our world. My current work is focused on the intersections between critical and speculative design, food and social change, in both making things and writing on design and art.
Originally from British Columbia, I am now based in Montreal, Quebec. I teach as a lecturer in Concordia’s Fine Arts Department in Montreal and I am a PhD candidate in the Individualized Program in Fine Arts. I developed and taught the Fine Arts seminar course, We are What We Eat, where we examine contemporary food practices with related art and design examples and where students use creative projects that interrogate food-based issues. My overall writing and teaching has spanned food studies, environmental science, new media and social movements over the last 15 years. With my current PhD project, I am exploring research-creation as a methodology in order to develop cultural understandings of domestic practices around food and waste. As a part of this, I am researching design histories of kitchen spaces and its relation to the changes in food practices post 1950’s alongside the lived experience of women in the kitchen, from the turbulent post war era through the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.
I hold an Geography Masters degree from the University of British Columbia and a double major Geography and Environmental Studies Honours degree from University of Victoria. Past projects have included studies on climate change in the Arctic, alternative food production in rural Canada, and projects allying to restore and reclaim Indigenous food systems in coastal BC. Before coming to Concordia, I coordinated McGill’s GeoThink project, a national Geospatial web and interactive media based climate-change education initiative and back in BC, I developed Cultivating Change, a DIY media and mapping series in collaboration with food activists and farmers in the interior region.