Coastal Food Systems

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


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 multi-scalar complexities of food production, distribution, consumption and food waste disposal with a special focus on coastal communities. Topics include but are not limited to: conceptual frameworks and community-based strategies to address food system equity; social change and food security; and the role of university-community partnerships to cultivate possibilities for more sustainable, resilient and just food systems. Participatory learning, community engagement and critical pedagogy are core course approaches.


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Locate, critically evaluate and define information about coastal food systems.
  • Communicate (in written and oral form) the socio-cultural and ecological complexity of the food system from a geographical perspective.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of individual processes within the food system and situate these processes within the larger geographical context of the global food system.
  • Critically evaluate their own role within the context of the food system.
  • Assess the possibilities for environmental sustainability and social equity throughout the food system.


Dr. Kristen Lowitt, Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Environment at Brandon University, Canada.