Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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Title:  Policy Engagement as Prefiguration? Reflecting on civil society participation in Canada’s national food policy dialogue

Date: February 28, 2019
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Amanda Wilson, St Patrick’s College

Movements to bring about more healthy, sustainable and just food systems are increasing turning their attention to food system governance as an important arena through which to address pressing challenges and inequalities. Reflecting on the efforts of food movement organizations to participate in, and influence, the development of a national food policy for Canada, I consider the strengths and limitations of this policy engagement, and ask whether the process of policy building holds prefigurative promise in modeling and experimenting alternative food futures.



Amanda Wilson, St Patrick’s College

Amanda Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.  Her research is focused on food movements and alternative food networks, collective and cooperative organizational forms and questions related to prefiguration and enacting a politics of possibility. Outside of academia, she has worked with several non-governmental organizations in the areas of policy analysis, research, network coordination and popular education, and is a long-time community organizer and activist in Ottawa.