Elizabeth Finnis

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x53234

agricultural and dietary transitions, local food systems, food sovereignty, political ecology

PhD McMaster (2006)

Neufeld, Hannah Tait and Elizabeth Finnis, eds. 2022. Recipes and Reciprocity: Building Relationships in Research. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. https://uofmpress.ca/books/detail/recipes-and-reciprocity

Finnis, Elizabeth. 2021. Agricultural Persistence and Potentials on the Edge of Northern Ontario. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment 43(1):60-70. https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cuag.12269

Finnis, Elizabeth, Sofie Lachapelle, and T. Ryan Gregory. 2021. A university course on pandemics: What we learned when 80 experts, 300 alumni and 600 students showed up. The Conversation June 7. https://theconversation.com/a-university-course-on-pandemics-what-we-learned-when-80-experts-300-alumni-and-600-students-showed-up-156277

Finnis, Elizabeth. 2017. Collective Action, Envisioning the Future and Women's Self-help Groups: A case study from India. Indian Journal of Gender Studies 24(1):1-23.

Finnis, Elizabeth, Clotilde Benitez, Estela Fatima Candia Romero and Maria Jose Aparicio Meza. 2013. Agricultural and dietary meanings of mandioca in rural Paraguay. Food and Foodways 21(3):163-185.

Finnis, Elizabeth, Clotilde Benitez, Estela Fatima Candia Romero and Maria Jose Aparicio Meza. 2012. Changes to Agricultural Decision-making and Food Procurement in Rural Paraguay. Latin American Research Review 47(2):180-190.

Finnis, Elizabeth, ed. 2012. Reimagining Marginalized Foods: Global Processes, Local Places. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Finnis, Elizabeth. 2016. SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Understanding agricultural values and food sovereignty possibilities on the edge of Northern Ontario. [$55 612]

My research addresses the politics, economics, and cultures of smaller-scale farming and local food systems. Geographically, I am interested in Canada, India, and Paraguay, and I use a political ecology lens to to examine food, diet, agricultural transitions, and food sovereignty. My current research examines food production, local food systems, and smaller-scale farming in Parry Sound District, Ontario; some of my other recent research includes working with small-scale farmers on issues of food sovereignty, agriculture, and social/physical environmental change in rural Paraguay. I am interested in supervising graduate students with research interests in medical anthropology, nutritional anthropology, agriculture, food systems, resource issues, rural livelihoods, and gender.