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Elizabeth Finnis

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph

I'm an anthropologist who has worked with farmers in the Global North and Global South since 2002. My research expertise is on agricultural and dietary transitions, economic and food security, environmental change, and agricultural and rural livelihoods.


  • 2011–present
    Associate professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph
  • 2007–2011
    Assistant professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph


  • 2006 
    McMaster University, PhD, Anthropology
  • 2001 
    University of Western Ontario, MA, Anthropology
  • 1999 
    McMaster University , BA (Hons)


  • 2019
    Reflections on Moving Agricultural Research from Lab to Farm (co-author), Economic and Political Weekly
  • 2017
    They go to the city, and then they come back: Conceptualizing rural and urban spaces through experiences of circular migration in Paraguay, Critique of Anthropology
  • 2017
    Collective action, envisioning the future, and women's self-help groups: A case study from South India, Indian Journal of Gender Studies
  • 2015
    Livelihoods, value, and knowledge in contemporary Paraguay , Anthropologica
  • 2013
    Agricultural and Dietary Meanings of Mandioca in Rural Paraguay (co-author) , Food and Foodways
  • 2012
    Reimagining Marginalized Foods: Global Processes, Local Places (editor), University of Arizona Press
  • 2012
    Changes to Agricultural Decision-making and Food Procurement in Rural Paraguay (co-author), Latin American Research Review
  • 2009
    Now it is an easy life: Women's accounts of millets, cassava, and labour requirements in South India, Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • 2007
    The political ecology of dietary transitions: Agricultural change, environment, and economics in the Kolli Hills, India, Agriculture and Human Values
  • 2006
    Why grow cash crops? Subsistence farming and crop commercialization in the Kolli Hills, South India, American Anthropologist

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Understanding Agricultural Values and Food Sovereignty Possibilites on the Edge of Northern Ontario
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2014
    Extension of Harvest Time Using Hexanal and Enhanced Preservation of Fruits Using Nanotechnology
    Funding Source:
    International Development Research Centre