Sustainable food systems and fisheries focused graduate position in the School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University

Dr. Kristen Lowitt in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University is currently in search of a gradate student (Masters of PhD level) to join an existing research project about sustainable fisheries-based food systems in the Great Lakes region. As part of this project, we are seeking a graduate student to undertake research that uses food systems theory as a way of (re)envisioning fisheries governance through an empirical study of the inland Great Lakes fisheries. Fisheries make vital contributions to the health and livelihoods of people across the globe, with the lifestyles, rituals and daily practices surrounding fishing and fish consumption deeply integrated into the cultures of fishing communities. The Great Lakes of Canada and the United States is an important study area because it shares commonalities with other transboundary environmental settings along with unique features that can be extrapolated to understand transitions towards just and sustainable fisheries in other places.

Familiarity with and/or interest in food systems, small-scale fisheries, governance, action research, and qualitative methods would be considered an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to actively work toward developing a thesis in this area and working effectively in the multi-disciplinary field of food systems sustainability including with community partners. Standard financial support provided through the School of Environmental Studies includes stipends of $20,000 per year for 48 months for doctoral students and $14,000 per year for 24 months for master’s students. We are offering an additional $10,000/year for two years from grant funds.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a CV, transcripts and the names of two references via email to Kristen Lowitt Candidates will also need to apply to the School of Environmental Studies by the appropriate deadline to begin their studies in September 2021. Please direct any questions to

posted: 22 December 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.