Recent Publications

See Dr. Hannah Wittman’s Google Scholar profile for a full list of publications.


Bowness, E. and Wittman, H. (2020). Bringing the City to the Country: Urban Agrarianism in Metro-Vancouver. The Journal of Peasant Studies. DOI:

Bowness, E. (2019). Book Review: From Grassroots to Global: Broader impacts of Civic Ecology (Ed. Marianne E. Krasny). Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 28(1), p. 88-89.

Bowness, E., Baird, N, Hallberg, A., Packulak M and Students from SOC3460 (In Press). Reconnecting through Urban Agriculture: A Community-Based Ethnographic Video. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-engaged research, teaching and learning.

Bowness, E., Nicklay, J., Liebman, A., Cadieux, V, and Blumberg, R.  (2020). “Navigating Urban Agroecology with the Social Sciences.” In Egerer, M., Cohen, H (Eds.) Interdisciplinary Research in Urban Agroecology. CRC Press.

Clapp, J., & Ruder, S.-L. (2020). Precision Technologies for Agriculture: Digital Farming, Gene-Edited Crops, and the Politics of Sustainability. Global Environmental Politics, 20(3), 49–69.

Dring, C., Lee, S, & Rideout, C. (2020). Public school teachers’ perceptions of what promotes or hinders their use of outdoor learning spaces. Learning Environments Research.

Heckelman, A. (2019). Enhancing Smallholder Resilience: Organic Transition, Place-based Knowledge & Local Resource GenerationJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(1), 1-9.

Heckelman, A., Smukler, S., & Wittman, H. (2018). Cultivating climate resilience: a participatory assessment of organic and conventional rice systems in the Philippines. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 33(3), 225-237.

Hepburn, J., Murphy, S., Glauber, J.W., Laborde, D. (2020). What National Farm Policy Trends Could Mean for Efforts to Update WTO Rules on Domestic Support. International Institute for Sustainable Development. Accessible at: Accompanying Video –

James, D. & Bowness, E. (2020). Book Review: Frontline Farmers: How the National Farmers Union Resists Agribusiness and Creates Our New Food Future (Ed. Annette Desmarais). Agriculture and Human Values.

James, D. and Mack, T. (2020). Toward an Ethics of Decolonizing Allyship in Climate Organizing: Reflections on Extinction Rebellion Vancouver. Journal of Human Rights and Environment.

Jonasson, M. E., Spiegel, S. J., Thomas, S., Yassi, A., Wittman, H., Takaro, T., … & Spiegel, J. M. (2019). Oil pipelines and food sovereignty: Threat to health equity for Indigenous communities. Journal of Public Health Policy, 40(4), 504-517.

Klassen, S., & Murphy, S. (2020). Equity as both a means and an end: Lessons for resilient food systems from COVID-19. World Development, 136, 105104.

Kueneman, R. and E. Bowness. (2020). “The Social Context of Dispute Resolution and the Rise of Law” In Rick Linden (Ed.), Criminology: A Canadian Perspective. 9th Edition. Toronto: Nelson Education.

Murphy, S. & Smaller, C. (April 6 2020). We Need a Global Stimulus Package to Avoid a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis. International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Murphy, S. & Smaller, C. (May 4 2020). We Can Prevent a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis if We Look Back and Learn. International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Murphy, S. and Hansen-Kuhn, K. (2019). The true costs of US agricultural dumping. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-15.9

Nawaz, S., Klassen, S., & Lyon, A. (2020). Tensions at the boundary: Rearticulating ‘organic’ plant breeding in the age of gene editing. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 8(1), 34.

Ostenso, V, Dring, C, & Wittman, H (2020). Planning for Whom? Towards Culturally Inclusive Food Systems in Metro Vancouver. J. Agyeman and S. Giacolone (ed). The Immigrant-Food Nexus – Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America. MIT Press.

Roberts, W. and Guerra, J. (2019). Submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food regarding Perception of and Public Trust in the Canadian Agricultural Sector.

Valley, W., & Wittman, H. (2019). Beyond feeding the city: The multifunctionality of urban farming in Vancouver, BC. City, Culture and Society, 16, 36-44.

Valley, W., Anderson, M., Blackstone, N. T., Sterling, E., Betley, E., Akabas, S., Koch, P., Dring, C., Burke, J. and Spiller, K. (2020). Towards an equity competency model for sustainable food systems education programs. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 8: 33. DOI:

Velásquez-Lopez, C; Páez-Varas, C; Benavides-Zúñiga, X; Gallegos, F; Fallon, G. (2020).Women mine-rock waste collectors in artisanal and small-scale mining in Ecuador: Challenges and opportunities. The Extractive Industries and Society.

Weiler, A. M. (2019). Whose Labor Counts as Craft? Terroir and Farm Workers in North American Craft Cider. In A. Bonanno, K. Sekine, & H. N. Feuer (Eds.), Geographical Indication and Global Agri-Food: Development and Democratization. Abingdon, ON and New York: Routledge.

Weiler, A. M., & McLaughlin, J. (2019). Listening to migrant workers: should Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program be abolished? Dialectical Anthropology, 1-8.

Weiler, A. M., Sexsmith, K., Minkoff, L.A. (Forthcoming). Parallel precarity: A comparison of U.S. and Canadian agricultural guest worker programs. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food.

2018 and older

Heckelman, A., Smukler, S., & Wittman, H. (2018). Cultivating climate resilience: a participatory assessment of organic and conventional rice systems in the Philippines. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 33(3), 225-237. (Featured on the United Nation’s FAO website)

Heckelman, A. (2018). A Primer on Local Food Systems [Book review]. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(2), 153-155.

Holmes, E., Black, J., Heckelman, A., Lear, S., Seto, D., Fowokan, A., & Wittman, H. (2018). “Nothing is going to change three months from now”: A mixed methods characterization of food bank use in Greater Vancouver. Social Science & Medicine, 200: 129-136. 

Weiler, A. M. (2018). A food policy for Canada, but not just for Canadians: Reaping justice for migrant farm workers. Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation, 5(3), 279-284. 

Weiler, A. M., McLaughlin, J., & Cole, D. C. (2017). Food security at whose expense? A critique of the Canadian temporary farm labour migration regime and proposals for change. International Migration, 55(4), 48-63. 

Wittman, H., Dennis, J., Pritchard, H. (2017). Beyond the market? New agrarianism and cooperative farmland access in North America. Journal of Rural Studies, 53, 303–316. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.03.007

Klassen, S.E. and Wittman, H. (2017). Place-based food systems in J. Duncan and M. Bailey (eds.) Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutions, Routledge Studies in Food, Society, & the Environment.

Powell, L.J. and Wittman, H. (2017). Farm to school in British Columbia: mobilizing food literacy for food sovereignty. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-14.

Valley, W., Wittman, H., Ahmed, S., Jordan, N., Galt, R. (2017). An emerging signature pedagogy for sustainable food systems education. Renewable Agriculture And Food Systems, 1–14.

Wittman, H., Dennis, J., Pritchard, H. (2017).  Beyond the market? New agrarianism and cooperative farmland access in North America. Journal of Rural Studies, 303-316.

Chapman, M., Klassen, S., et al. (2017). 5 Key Challenges and Solutions for Governing Complex Adaptive (Food) Systems. Sustainability, 9(9), 1594.

Guerra, J., Blesh, J., Schmitt Filho, A. L., and Wittman, H. (2017). Pathways to agroecological management through mediated markets in Santa Catarina Brazil. Elementa Sci Anth.5: 67.

Guerra, J.(2017). Canadian Organic Market Report: Trends and Opportunities. Canada Organic Trade Association Report.

Guerra J. & L. Martin. (2017). State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report. Canada Organic Trade Association Report.

Heckelman, A, & James, D.  (2017, March 21). Liu Debates: Should we label GMO foods? [Blog post]. Liu Institute for Global Issues.

Mesquita, P.S., Wittman, H., and Mota, J.A.  (2016) Climate variability, agricultural livelihoods and food security in Semiarid Brazil, Sustentabilidade em Debate, 7:38-51.

Ventura, B. A., Keyserlingk, A. G., Wittman, H., & Weary, D. M. (2016). What difference does a visit make? changes in animal welfare perceptions after interested citizens tour a dairy farm. PLoS One, 11(5)

Wittman, H., Chappell, M.J., Abson, D., Kerr, R., Blesh, J., Hanspach, J., Perfecto, I., Fischer, J. (2016). A social-ecological perspective on harmonizing food security and biodiversity conservation. Regional Environmental Change.

Klassen, S. E. (2016). Decreasing Distance and Re-Valuing Local: How Place-Based Food Systems Can Foster Socio-Ecological Sustainability. Solutions, 7(August), 22–26.

Chappell, M.J., Moore, J.R., and Heckelman, A. A. (2016). Participation in a City Food Security Program May Be Linked to Higher Ant Α- and Β-Diversity: an Exploratory Case from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Weiler, A., Otero, G., Wittman, H., (2016). Rock Stars and Bad Apples: Moral Economies of Alternative Food Networks and Precarious Farm Work Regimes.  Antipode. doi: 10.1111/anti.12221

Weiler, A. M., Levoke, C. Z., & Young, C. (2016). Cultivating equitable ground: Community-based participatory research to connect food movements with migrant farmworkers. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(2), 73-87. 

Bowness, E. and E. Comack. (2016). “Crime and Punishment: The More Things Change….” In Cy Gonick (Ed.), Canada Since 1960: A People’s History: A Left Perspective on 50 Years of Politics, Economics and Culture. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers.

Dring, C, Devlin J, Boag G, Sunohara M, Fitzgibbon J, Topp E, Lapen D. (2016). Incentives and disincentives identified by producers and drainage contractors/experts on the adoption of controlled tile drainage in eastern Ontario, Canada. Water Quality Research Journal. 51(1): 1-16.

Dring, C, Yeung L. & Wittman, H. (2016). An Exploration of Intercultural Food Security & Health in Richmond, BC. 29. Centre for Sustainable Food Systems UBC.

Murphy, S. (2016). “International Trade, Food Security and Nutrition,” in Pritchard, B., Ortiz, R. and Shekar, M. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security, Routledge, Oxford/New York.

Guerra, J., Amir, N., Harper, S., and Kiamanesh, S. (2016). Inequality Explained: Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Affect Canada’s Food Sovereignty? Open Canada.

Franko, A., Kaplan-Hallam, M., Guerra, J., and Maji, P. (2015) Mount Polley: A Call for Improved Coordination and Transparency in Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement for Mines in BC. Institute of Resources, Environment and SustainabilityWorking Paper Series.

Dennis, J. E. (2015). Emerging farmer movements and alternative land access initiatives in British Columbia, Canada. University of British Columbia.

Wittman, H. and Blesh, J. (2015). Food Sovereignty and Fome Zero: Connecting Public Food Procurement Programmes to Sustainable Rural Development in Brazil. Journal of Agrarian Change.

Wittman, H. (2015). From protest to policy: The challenges of institutionalizing food sovereigntyCanadian Food Studies. 2(2), 174-182.

Kueneman, R. and Bowness, E. (2015). “The Changing Social Context of Dispute Resolution and the Rise of Law” in Rick Linden (Ed.), Criminology: A Canadian Perspective. 8th Edition. Toronto: Nelson Education.

Murphy, S. (2015). Food security and international trade: Risk, trust and rulesCanadian Food Studies. 2(2), 88-96.

Blesh, J. and Wittman, H. (2015). “Brasilience:” Assessing Resilience in Land Reform Settlements in the Brazilian Cerrado. Human Ecology, 43: 531.

Heckelman, A. and Wittman, H. (2015).  Food Sovereignty: A framework for assessing agrarian responses to climate change in the Philippines.  Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 8(1), 87-94.

Wittman, H., Powell, L., and Corbera, E. (2015). Financing the Agrarian Transition? The Clean Development Mechanism and Agricultural Change in Latin AmericaEnvironmental and Planning A.  

Newman, L., Powell, L. and Wittman, H.  (2014). Landscapes of food production in agriburbia: farmland protection and local food movements in British Columbia, CanadaJournal of Rural Studies. 

Burnett, K. and Murphy, S. (2014). What place for international trade in food sovereignty? Journal of Peasant Studies. 41(6), 1065-1084.

Weiler, A. M., Hergesheimer, C., Brisbois, B., Wittman, H., Yassi, A., & Spiegel, J. M. (2014). Food sovereignty, food security and health equity: a meta-narrative mapping exercise. Health Policy and Planning, 30(8): 1078–1092.

Stock, P. V., Forney, J., Emery, S. B., & Wittman, H. (2014). Neoliberal natures on the farm: farmer autonomy and cooperation in comparative perspective. Journal of Rural Studies, 1–12.

Desmarais, A. A., & Wittman, H. (2014). Farmers, foodies and First Nations: getting to food sovereignty in Canada. Journal of Peasant Studies, 41(6), 1153–1173.

Hudson, M. and Bowness, E. (2014). Directly and Adversely Affected: Public Participation in tarsands development 2005-2014. Calgary: Parkland Institute. 

Dennis, J. and Wittman, H. (2014). Farmland Access in British Columbia. Final Project Summary Report.

Wittman, H. and Dennis, J. (2014). Real Estate Foundation of BC Guest Blog Post: Strengthening Regional Food Systems through Alternative Models of Farmland Access.

Bowness, E. and Hudson, M. (2013). Sand in the Cogs? Power and Public Participation in the Albertan Tar Sands. Environmental Politics 23(1): 59-76.

Dring, C., Khaledi, B., and Fritz, C. (2013). Richmond Foodland Asset Report. 39. Richmond Food Security Society.

Dennis, J. and Kelvin C.S. (2013). Evaluating the agronomic benefits of biochar amended soils in an organic system: Results from a field study at the UBC Farm, Vancouver.

Dennis, J. (2012). Amending for soil quality and carbon sequestration. BC Organic Grower, 15:(2). 

Dennis, J., Johnson, M., and Wittman, H. (2012). Biochar Manual for Small Farms in BC.