Associate Professor Hannah Wittman has been appointed Academic Director, The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm for a three year term beginning July 2015.
Dr. Wittman holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University (2005). She grew up on a farm in Idaho and has built her career on the social organization of small scale farming systems. Her research looks at the services that small scale farmers provide in terms of community access to healthy food and an understanding of where food comes from. Dr. Wittman documents the relationships between community, food and the environment, and helps to develop policies that support a more sustainable food system. In 2014, a report by Dr. Wittman and LFS master’s student J. Dennis examined community farms and agricultural land trusts in the province, as well as identified the needs and challenges for new farmers.
Prior to joining LFS in July 2012, Dr. Wittman held a faculty position in Simon Fraser University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.