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Events and Webinars

Throughout the year, the UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies hosts events and webinars focused on food, biodiversity and sustainability, featuring partners throughout our network. 

Upcoming Events

Women, Food, Sustainability

March 14, 2024 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm EST Register here!

Balsillie School for Interntional Affairs, 67 Erb St. W., Waterloo, Room 142; and online via Zoom. 


The UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Studies, supported by the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, is hosting an upcoming panel event on women in food systems and sustainability. 

Panel Abstract: 

To mark International Women’s Day this year, join us as we hear from Carla Johnston, Laine Young, and Dr. Andrea Brown about their research in the Northwest Territories, Quito, and Uganda. Panelists will explore the relationship between gender and sustainability, and discuss the crucial role of women in building food systems transformation - both within the communities they work in and as researchers themselves.

Speaker Biographies: 

Dr. Andrea Brown (she/her) is an Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies at Laurier. Her research focuses on the nexus between urban food security with sustainable development, gender, migration and governance, and the multi-level policy environments supporting anti-poverty measures in East Africa. Her current research project looks at the food security of mixed migrants in Kampala, Uganda, and seeks to identify ways to improve cooperation and supports among different governmental and non-governmental policy actors.

Laine Young (she/her) is a PhD Candidate from Wilfrid Laurier University in the Geography and Environmental Studies program. She works with the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems on her dissertation research exploring intersectional feminist analysis in urban agriculture projects in Quito, Ecuador.

Carla Johnston (she/her) is a PhD Candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a specialist in community-based participatory action research, Indigenous rights, and food systems governance from the local to global scale. Carla has 10 years of experience in political advocacy, community-level planning, and policy development in the Northwest Territories, Canada and at the United Nations.

Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer (she/her) - moderator - UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Studies. 

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Alison Blay-Palmer, Chairholder


Andrew Spring, Executive Director of Research


Jane Clause, Director of Programming, Education, and Communications