Steffanie is past president of the Canadian Association for Food Studies, and is engaged in research on sustainable food systems in China and Canada. Her work documents the emergence of the ecological agriculture sector and alternative food networks in China. She is also researching the urban food system in Nanjing, China.
For more information, visit Steffanie Scott's personal website.
Key Areas of Graduate Supervision
Agro-food systems sustainability, Organic and ecological food production, Local food system assessment, rural-urban interfaces through the food system, Small producer participation in food supply chains, Environment-development interfaces, sustainable communities, greening initiatives
Recent Courses Taught
GEOG 203: Environment and Development in a Global Perspective
GEOG 426: Geographies of Development
GEOG 461: Food Systems and Sustainability
My research since 1997 has focused on sustainable food systems, farmer
livelihoods, and rural development—originally in Vietnam and, from
2010-14, on a SSHRC-funded project in China, researching the emergence
of ecological and organic agriculture initiatives there. Working with
three doctoral students, we examined the structures and institutions
for certification of ecological and organic agriculture, the
implications for small-scale producers, and contradictions within the
Chinese government’s commitment to ecological agriculture. We also
examined some rapidly expanding alternative food networks, including
community supported agriculture (CSA) ventures and farmers’ markets.
My next research project examines the urban food system in Nanjing,
Parallel to my research in East Asia, I have been involved in
Ontario-based research on food system sustainability and networks in
the local food economy, and served as co-Chair of the Waterloo Region
Food System Roundtable (2007-11). I am also past president of the
Canadian Association for Food Studies.
- Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas, and S. Scott. 2015 “Characterizing Alternative Food Networks in China.” Agriculture and Human Values. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10460-014-9530-6
- Aijuan Chen and S. Scott. 2014. “Contributions and challenges of
farmers’ cooperatives to rural development in China.” Journal of
Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.5304/jafscd.2014.044.005
- S. Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas, and Aijuan Chen. 2014.
“Contradictions in state- and civil society-driven developments in
China’s ecological agriculture sector.” Food Policy, 45: 158-166. doi:
- Peter Andrée, Dayna Chapman, Louisa Hawkins, Cathleen Kneen, Wanda Martin, Christina Muehlberger, Connie Nelson, Katherine Pigott, Wajma Qaderi-Attayi, Steffanie Scott, Mirella Stroink. 2014. “Building Effective Relationships for Community-Engaged Scholarship for Food Systems Change.” Canadian Food Studies, 1(1): 27-53. doi: 10.15353/cfs-rcea.v1i1.19