Alicia Martin – MA Candidate, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Alicia is a candidate for a Masters of Arts in Political Science with a Specialization in Environmental Sustainability in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. She also has a Joint Honours Bachelors of Arts in Geography & Environmental Management and French from the University of Waterloo. Her Master’s research is focused on food literacy among high school students in Ontario with a special focus on their knowledge about agrifood systems. She is also interested in raising awareness about the environmental, social and political impacts of the food we eat, which she believes can be mitigated at multiple different levels with a more comprehensively food literate population.
Since Alicia moved to Ottawa in the Fall of 2015 she has gotten involved in different ventures in both academic and community settings. She recently launched Meal Exchange’s Real Food Challenge Campaign at the University of Ottawa which aims to unite university students across the campus, as well as nationally to pressure universities to shift their food procurement to be more environmentally sustainable, socially just and community-based. She is also a member of the University of Ottawa’s Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food, which has involved organizing and participating in academic conferences and brown bag lunch discussions all pertaining food politics and food research. In regards to her community involvement, Alicia is also a member of the Ottawa School Food Network, which aims to connect people and build capacity to do amazing work and ameliorate food scapes in schools, and a she is member of the Ottawa Food Policy Council, in which Alicia sits on the School Food Working Group, further contributing to the discussion of school food environments, school food and nutrition policy and food literacy.