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My work focuses on community- and people- led processes of transformation for resilience, social justice and well-being. I work with communities, networks and organizations who are organizing to address the multitude of social, economic and cultural problems we face today and who are reimaging and building alternatives.

I use a combination of approaches including qualitative, quantitative and especially participatory and action methods of reearch, teaching and community development. I seek to publish my research in a range of different ways including video, multi-media texts, books, academic articles, posters and research briefs. The goal is to make these materials and ideas as accessible as possible and to use these to open new conversations and collaborations.

Formally, I am trained as a geographer, however my research is transdisciplinary. I currently focus on food systems, community development, agroecology, food sovereignty, participation, social movements, global governance 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.

I am always interested in new connections so please feel free to get in touch.

Research Interests

Resilience ; Transformation ; Environmental justice; Food sovereignty ; Civic food networks ; Participatory video ; Power and privilege ; Alternative economies ; Relational geographies ; Sustainability transitions ; Cooperatives and cooperation ; Participatory action research ; Public geography; Environmental education

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: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Open Access
system change
social movement
action research

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: Research - peer-reviewAnthology or Edited Book

Open Access
4 Citations

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

Laforge, J. M. L., Anderson, C. R. & McLachlan, S. M. Sep 2017 In : Agriculture and Human Values. 34, 3, p. 663-681 19 p.

Research output: ResearchArticle

local food systems
food safety
community programs

Policy from Below: Politicising urban agriculture for food sovereignty

Anderson, C. Nov 2017 Urban Agriculture Magazine, 33, p. 72-74

Research output: ResearchArticle

Open Access

Activities 2007 2015

  • 21 Participation in conference

Royal Geography Society International Conference

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
3 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

American Association of Geographers

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
21 Apr 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Food Justice: Knowing Food, Securing the Future Conference

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
17 Jul 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Canadian Association of Geographers annual meeting

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
25 May 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Reimagining the University Conference

Anderson, C. (Speaker)
18 Oct 2014

Activity: Participation in conference