Elizabeth Finnis (Associate Professor and Department Chair)
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University of Western Ontario
Local food systems, Smallholder agricultural and dietary transitions, Political ecology, Gender and labour, Food security and food sovereignty, Development
My research addresses the politics, economics, and culture 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 currently hold a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for project titled, Understanding Agricultural Values and Food Sovereignty Possibilities on the Edge of Northern Ontario.
Significant Research Contributions:
Finnis, Elizabeth, ed. 2012. Reimagining Marginalized Foods: Global Processes, Local Places. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
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. 2006. Why Grow Cash Crops? Environmental Uncertainty and Economic Aspiration in the Kolli Hills, South India. American Anthropologist 108(2):363-369.
Other Research Outputs :
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 and Heather Millman. 2015. Livelihoods and questions of inclusion in urban and rural Paraguay. Anthropologica 57(1):157-168.
Finnis, Elizabeth, Jennifer Howell and Richard Gorrie. 2014. Some reflections on improving accessibility and classroom experience. Transformative Dialogues 7(3):1-13.
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. 2010. "Every place has roads in the plains": Public spaces and private markets in arguments for development and inclusion in South India. Anthropologica 52(1):141-153.
Moffat, Tina and Elizabeth Finnis. 2010. Dietary Diversity, Dietary Transitions and Childhood Nutrition in Nepal: Questions of methodology and practice. Biosocial Perspectives on Human Diet and Nutrition – Past Meets Present. Moffat, Tina and Tracy Prowse, editors. New York: Berghahn Publishing, pp 133-151.
Finnis, Elizabeth. 2009. "Now it is an easy life": Women's accounts of millets, cassava, and labour requirements in South India. Culture and Agriculture 31(2):88-94.
Finnis, Elizabeth. 2008. Economic Wealth, Food Wealth and Millet Consumption: Shifting notions of food, identity and development in south India. Food, Culture, and Society 11(4):463-485.
Finnis, Elizabeth. 2007. The political ecology of dietary transitions: Agricultural change, environment, and economics in the Kolli Hills, India. Agriculture and Human Values 24:343-353.