Coastal Food Systems

CRD16 Elective 4 ECTS
Period 2 03.05.2021 - 14.05.2021
Instructor Dr. Kristen Lowitt


The course provides a critical exploration of current issues related to food security, food sovereignty, food justice, and food system sustainability and resilience. Employing the framework of economic geography, students will examine the complexities of both the production and value chain. This includes aspects of distribution, consumption and food waste disposal. A special focus is set on coastal communities. Participatory learning, community engagement and critical pedagogy are core course approaches.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can locate, critically evaluate and define information about coastal food systems.
  • can communicate (in written and oral form) the socio-cultural and ecological complexity of the food system from a geographical perspective.
  • can describe individual processes within the food system and situate these processes within the larger geographical context of the global food system.
  • has critically evaluated their own role within the context of the food system.
  • can discuss environmental sustainability in relation to social equity and food systems.



Dr. Kristen Lowitt, assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Environment and Brandon University in Canada. Kristen pursues a community-engaged research program focusing on interactions among food sovereignty, natural resource governance, and communities in rural and coastal contexts. Particular interests include the role of small-scale fisheries in sustainable food systems and Indigenous food sovereignty.