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Steffanie Scott’s reputation as a leading international scholar on topics related to food system change in China is confirmed by the recent release of her co-authored book, Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom Up Ecological Initiatives. She led the Canadian Association for Food Studies (2012-14) and was inaugural co-chair of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable. She co-founded the LinkedIn group, “China’s Changing Food System” and teaches on sustainable food systems, China, and development studies.

Over the past 15 years, Steffanie has supervised 27 master’s and PhD students on a wide range of agri-food research topics in China, Vietnam and Canada. Steffanie did her doctoral work on land reforms, de-collectivization, and farmer livelihoods in Vietnam. Aside from the book, Steffanie has published 50 academic articles and book chapters in journals including Agriculture and Human Values, Food Policy, Ecology and Society, Canadian Food Studies, Local Environment, Sustainability, and the Journal of Agriculture Food Systems and Community Development.

Steffanie is principal investigator for several research projects on Ecological Agriculture in China and China's Changing Food System.

Steffanie grew up as a settler on Coast Salish territories (Victoria, British Columbia). After completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia, she spent two years teaching at the University of Western Australia before moving to the University of Waterloo’s Department of Geography and Environmental Management in 2003. She is also cross-appointed in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability (SERS), and the School of Planning.