Coastal Food Systems

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Námskeið:

Kennari: Kristen Lowitt

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Within discussions of food security and sustainability, considerable attention is placed on farming and other land-based systems of food production. This class allows students to look more closely at various facets of the food system – from production, distribution to nutrition – within coastal regions. A key assignment is a value chain analysis in which students get to trace the progress of a coastal food of their choosing from ocean/lake to plate and beyond. The course also features numerous opportunities for experiential learning including field trips to local fish plants/ retail outlets/ community gardens, guest lectures, and hands-on activities with peers in class. This is paired with opportunities for reflection so students can bring together the theory and action of food systems change.


I am a faculty member in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. I have a passionate for coastal food systems stemming from my PhD research on the west coast of Newfoundland in which I examined how changes and declines in fish stocks affected the food provisioning practices of fishing-dependent households. Presently, much of my research focuses on inland fisheries in the Great Lakes region of North America, using a food systems perspective to link concerns of fisheries sustainability, health, and equity.