Personal profile


I work with communities in pursuit of more just and resilient futures through collaborative community development projects and political efforts to transform the broader social, economic and cultural systems that shape the ability of communities to “self-organize”. By engaging in participatory action research with and for communities at multiple scales we can cyclically generate and apply new theoretical and practical understandings of the world. Indeed, I choose to become a part of processes of societal transformation in order to systematically mobilise knowledge and action.

Formally, I am trained as a geographer, however my research is transdisciplinary. I currently focus on food systems, community development, food sovereignty, activism, and knowledge mobilization and am interested in better understanding the workings of power, privilege, resilience and regeneration in these areas. I have has also worked as the coordinator of a cooperative local food initiative, as the director of an environmental and sustainable agriculture education program, and as a permaculture designer-practitioner, and am an active contributor to a number of civil society and academic organisations. Learn more about my/our work and publications at Farm to Fork Research.

Research Interests

Resilience ; Digital media ; Transformation ; Food sovereignty ; Civic food networks ; Participatory video ; Power and privilege ; Alternative economies ; Relational geographies ; Sustainability transitions ; Cooperatives and cooperation ; Participatory action research ; Public geography or more generally public scholarship

Vision Statement

I work with communities, activists, students, researchers and other citizens to critically examine, develop and promote democratic, just and regenerative social, economic and ecological systems. My approach to research and pedagogy involves working with and for public(s) in deliberate processes of social transformation. This collaborative work simultaneously contributes to real world change (aka “Impact”) and also generates conceptual frameworks and better understandings related to processes of social transformation (aka “Research Excellence”). I currently focus on food, agriculture, diverse economies and social movements and welcome opportunities for new conversations and collaborations – please feel free to connect with me at People''s Knowledge

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Research Output 2008 2017

Community organisations for food systems change: 
reflecting on food movement dynamics in Manitoba.

Anderson, C., Lobe, K. & Sivilay, J. 11 Sep 2017 Everyday Experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system. . Coventry University

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

system change
social movement
action research
government policy

Everyday Experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system

Anderson, C. (ed.), Buchanan, C. (ed.), Wakeford, T. (ed.), Chang, M. (ed.) & Sanchez Rodriguez, J. (ed.) 9 Nov 2017 Coventry: Coventry University. 445 p. (Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book


Conversations in Food Studies

Anderson, C. (ed.), Brady, J. (ed.) & Levkoe, C. (ed.) 2016 Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. 312 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Disciplinary boundaries

Governments, grassroots, and the struggle for local food systems: Containing, coopting, contesting and collaborating

Laforge, J. M. L., Anderson, C. R. & McLachlan, S. M. 29 Nov 2016 In : Agriculture and Human Values. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Grassroots Responses to Food Poverty in Coventry (UK)

Anderson, C., Sarrouy Kay, C., Patnaik Saxena, L., Kneafsey, M., Maughan, C. & Tornaghi, C. 2016 Coventry, UK: CAWR. 41 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report


Activities 2007 2015

  • 21 Participation in conference

American Association of Geographers

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
21 Apr 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Royal Geography Society International Conference

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
3 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Food Justice: Knowing Food, Securing the Future Conference

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
17 Jul 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Reimagining the University Conference

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
18 Oct 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Canadian Association of Geographers annual meeting

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
25 May 2014

Activity: Participation in conference