Hannah Wittman

Professor, IRES
Professor, Land and Food Systems

Contact Details

AERL Room 441
2202 Main Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Research Interests


Dr. Hannah Wittman’s research examines the ways that the rights to produce and consume food are contested and transformed through struggles for agrarian reform, food sovereignty, and agrarian citizenship. Her projects include community-based research on farmland access, transition to organic agriculture, and seed sovereignty in British Columbia, agroecological transition and the role of institutional procurement in the transition to food sovereignty in Ecuador and Brazil, and the role that urban agriculture and farm-to-school nutrition initiatives play in food literacy education.

Website: http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/person/hannah-wittman/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=JxF8aw0AAAAJ&hl=en


Unconventional Tenures

A Comparative Analysis of Community-Based Land Reform and Agrarian Citizenship in Brazil, Guatemala and Canada. 2011-2014

Food sovereignty: an alternative paradigm for poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation in Latin America 2010-2012
Environment and Citizenship in Latin America 2010-2012
Farmers’ Markets as Social Economy Drivers of Local Food Systems 2009-2012


LFS 250 Land, Food and Community I

Featured Publications

Latta, A. and H. Wittman (eds). Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Natures, Subjects and Struggles. CEDLA Latin America Series. Oxford; New York: Berghahn Books. 2012.

Wittman, H., A. Desmarais, and N. Wiebe (eds). Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems. Halifax; Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing. 2011.

Wittman, H., A. Desmarais and N. Wiebe (eds). Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community. Halifax; Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing/Oakland: Food First Books/Oxford: Pambazuka Press. 2010.

Gibb, Natalie and H. Wittman. “Parallel Alternatives: Chinese-Canadian Farmers and the Metro Vancouver Local Food Movement. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. In press.

Hergesheimer, C. and H. Wittman. “Weaving Chains of Grain: Social histories and emerging grain initiatives in SW British Columbia”. Food, Culture and Society, 15 (3): 375-393. 2012.

Beckie, M, E. Huddart-Kennedy, and H. Wittman. “Scaling up alternative food networks: farmers' markets and the role of clustering in western Canada”. Agriculture and Human Values. DOI 10.1007/s10460-012-9359-9. 2012.

Wittman, H., M. Beckie, and C. Hergesheimer. “Linking Local Food Systems and the Social Economy? Future Roles for Farmers' Markets in Alberta and British Columbia”. Rural Sociology 77 (1) 36-61. 2012.

Wittman, H. "Food Sovereignty: A new rights framework for food and nature?" Environment and Society: Advances in Research, Special Issue on “Food”. Vol 2 (1): 87-105. 2011.

Desmarais, A., H. Wittman and N. Wiebe. “Sovereignty Now! In the midst of economic and environmental crisis, people are taking back control of our food systems” Alternatives Journal. 37 (2): 18-21. 2011.

Latta, A. and H. Wittman. “Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: A new paradigm for theory and practice” in European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 89: 87-96. 2010.