Lauren Kepkiewicz

About meIMG_9822

Lauren is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Through her research she  attempts to understand the ways that food connects us to land in the context of the Canadian settler colonial state.  Within her thesis she focuses on the ways that food sovereignty activism reproduces and resists settler colonialism in Canada.

Working as a research assistant and part of the management team, Lauren is also involved in the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE): Community Food Security Hub based at Carleton University.  She is a member of the Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus, the Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society, the Canmore Community Garden, and CUPE 3902. Lauren has also spent the past two semesters teaching a class called the Global Food System at the University of Toronto and has been involved with the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council.

As an Erasmus Mundus Global Studies scholar, Lauren completed an MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science in Global Economic History as well as an MA at the University of Vienna in Global Studies. In between her Masters and PhD degrees, Lauren worked as a project leader for Katimavik, a coordinator for the Africa Youth for Peace and Development, and a CRAFT (Collaborative Alliance of Farmer Training) apprentice at Irvine Creek Organics Farm.

Recent publications

Andrée, P., Kepkiewicz, L., Levkoe, C., Brynne, A., & Kneen, C. (Forthcoming). Learning, Food and Sustainability in Community-Campus Engagement: Teaching and Research Partnerships that Strengthen the Food Sovereignty Movement. In J. Sumner (Eds), Learning, Food, and Sustainability in the Community: Sites for Change.

Kepkiewicz. L. (2015). Pedagogy Lost? Possibilities for Adult Learning and Solidarity in Food Activism. Studies in the Education of Adults. 47(2).

Kepkiewicz, L., Chrobok, M., Whetung, M., Cahuas, M. Gill, J., Walker, S., & Wakefield, S. (2015). Beyond Inclusion: Toward an Anti-colonial Food Justice Praxis. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 5(4).