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Charles Z. Levkoe

Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University

My research uses a food systems lens to better understand the importance of, and connections between social justice, ecological regeneration, regional economies and active democratic engagement. Working directly with a range of scholars and community-based practitioners across North America and Europe, I study the evolution of the broader collective of social movement networks which views the right to food as a central component of more sustainable futures.

Mobilizing existing partnerships, I integrate my research and teaching through community engaged learning pedagogies and support students, community partners and scholars to be actively involved in knowledge cogeneration. Through community-based, action-oriented inquiry and teaching and the development of placed-based action projects, my research contributes to critical discussions that inform theory, civil society action and public policy.

I have also been involved in community food security and food sovereignty efforts for over 15 years and have worked as a community-based researcher, operated an organic farm and led programming with non-profit organizations across Canada and in the Middle East.


  • –present
    Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University


  • 2014 
    University of Toronto , Phd
  • 2004 
    York University , MES
  • 1998 
    McMaster University , BA


Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada