Elizabeth Finnis

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Email: 
efinnis@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x53234
Accepting graduate students for September 2021: 
Yes, 1-2 MA students
Keywords: 

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

Education: 
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.