Dr. Kristen Lowitt, Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-17)

BES Environmental Studies (2006) York University; MES Environmental Studies (2008) Dalhousie University; Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies (2013) Memorial University.

Kristen Lowitt is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Sustainable Futures Research Laboratory in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. Her research focuses on sustainable food security policy and governance. Kristen is interested in social-ecological approaches to food security and understanding the linkages between resilient food systems and community development. Kristen brings to the group an interdisciplinary background and experience on several food security research projects in Canada. She earned her Ph.D. at Memorial University, examining the relationship between fisheries restructuring and community food security on the west coast of Newfoundland. Alongside her academic research, she has produced numerous community outputs related to local food systems and policy, including a radio documentary about fishing and farming livelihoods in Newfoundland.




Project publications:

Rahman, H.M.T., Saint Ville, A., Song, A.M., Po, J.Y.T., Berthet, E., Brammer, J.R., Brunet, N.D., Jayaprakash, L.G., Lowitt, K.N., Rastogi, A., Reed, G. and Hickey, G.M. (2017). A framework for analyzing institutional gaps in natural resource governance. International Journal of the Commons: Accepted.

Lowitt, K., Saint Ville, A., Keddy, C., Phillip, L.E. and Hickey, G.M. (2016). Challenges and opportunities for more integrated regional food security policy in the Caribbean Community. Regional Studies, Regional Science 3(1): 706-716.

Lowitt, K., Saint Ville, A., Lewis, P. and Hickey, G.M. (2015). Environmental change and food security: the special case of small island developing states. Regional Environmental Change 15(7): 1293-1298.

Lowitt, K., Hickey, G.M., Saint Ville, A., Raeburn, K., Thompson- Colón, T., Laszlo, S. and Phillip, L. (2015). Factors affecting the innovation potential of smallholder farmers in the Caribbean Community. Regional Environmental Change 15(7): 1367-1377.

Lowitt, K., Hickey, G.M., Ganpat, W. and Phillip, L. (2015). Linking communities of practice with value chain development in smallholder farming systems. World Development 74: 363-373.


Contact Details:

Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

McGill University

Macdonald Campus

21,111 Lakeshore


Quebec, Canada H9X 3V9