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Elaine Power

Professor of Health Studies, Queen's University, Ontario

Dr. Power has been doing research on food insecurity in Canada for thirty years. Her research has informed her critique of food banks as a policy response to food insecurity, and her advocacy for a guaranteed liveable basic income. Dr. Power taught HLTH 101, Social Determinants of Health, for 15 years, and also teaches courses in food systems, fat studies, and qualitative research methods. She uses sociological theory and qualitative research methods to explore social, cultural, political, and symbolic aspects of food and health.

Dr. Power is the co-author of "The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice" (BTL, 2021) and co-author of "Acquired Tastes: Why Families Eat the Way They Do" (UBC Press, 2015). She is co-editor of "Neoliberal Governance and Health: Duties, Risks and Vulnerabilities" (MQUP, 2016); "Feminist Food Studies: Intersectional Perspectives" (Women's Press, 2019) and "Messy Eating: Conversations on Animals as Food" (Fordham University Press, 2019).


  • 2020–present
    Professor, Queen's University


  • 2002 
    University of Toronto, Public Health Sciences
  • 1995 
    University of Guelph, Applied Human Nutrition
  • 1987 
    University of Ottawa, Biochemistry
  • 1982 
    Mount Saint Vincent University, Sociology


  • 2023
    “Dismantling the structures and sites that create unequal access to food:” : Paul Taylor and Elaine Power in conversation about food justice., Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation,
  • 2022
    Basic income is necessary but insufficient for just food futures. , Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation,
  • 2021
    The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice, Between the Lines Press
  • 2021
    “I don’t want to say I’m broke”: Student experiences of food insecurity at Queen’s University, Canadian Food Studies
  • 2019
    Messy Eating: Conversations on Animals as Food. , Fordham Press
  • 2019
    “It’s not a food issue; it’s an income issue”: using Nutritious Food Basket costing for health equity advocacy, Canadian Journal of Public Health
  • 2019
    Feminist Food Studies: Intersectional Perspectives., Women’s Press
  • 2018
    Canada’s missed opportunity to implement publicly funded school meal programs in the 1940s , Critical Public Health
  • 2018
    “Aboriginal isn't just about what was before, it's what's happening now:” Perspectives of Indigenous peoples on the foods in their contemporary diets, Canadian Food Studies
  • 2015
    Should Canadian Health Promoters Support a Food Stamp-style Program to Address Food Insecurity?, Health Promotion International

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Association for Food Studies
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Association for the Study of Food and Society and Society
  • Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society