Elizabeth Finnis

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x53234
Accepting graduate students for September 2021: 
Yes, 1-2 MA students

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

PhD McMaster (2006)

Wilson Wijeratnam, RS, Karin Fernando, Elizabeth Finnis, MEP Ranmuthugala and IGN Hewajulige. 2019. Reflections on Moving Agricultural Research from Lab to Farm. Economic and Political Weekly 54(41):36-42.

Finnis, Elizabeth. 2017. They go to the city, and sometimes they come back: Conceptualising rural and urban spaces through experiences of circular migration in Paraguay. Critique of Anthropology 37(4):383-400.

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 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.

My teaching interests include medical and biological anthropology, anthropological theory, qualitative research methods, and topics that involve food, development, and livelihoods.

I am interested in supervising graduate students with research interests in medical anthropology, nutritional anthropology, agriculture, food systems, resource issues, rural livelihoods, and gender.