Director of the Viessmann European Research Centre &
Assistant Professor, The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Alison was the academic coordinator for the spring 2007 workshop at Queen’s University entitled, ‘Critical Spaces of Food’. The workshop attracted scholars and practitioners from across Canada and Wales. The May 7-9 2008 ‘Imagining sustainable food systems’ workshop will build on the synergies established in the 2007 workshop.TeachingDr. Blay-Palmer’s teaching expertise is in human geography and environmental studies. Her focus is on sustainable development, economic development, rural and agrarian systems and public policy. She draws teaching examples from economies around the world, although my emphasis is on North American and UK contexts.Alison teaches courses in Economic Geography, Global Food Security, Research Methods, Introductory Human Geography, and Agrarian Transformation. Dr. Blay-Palmer won the Teacher of the Year Award in the School of Environmental Sciences at Queen’s University in 2004-2005.Publications and Conference PresentationsBlay-Palmer, A. (forthcoming) Food Fears: From Industrial to sustainable food systems. Submitted under contract to Ashgate Publishing, publication scheduled May, 2008.Donald, B. and Blay-Palmer, A. (forthcoming) The Toronto creative-food economy. In R. Dennis (ed.) The Canadian Metropolis. Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, School of Advanced Study.Blay-Palmer, A. 2007. Relational Local Food Networks: The Farmers’ Market @ Queen’s. In M. Koc and K. Bronson (eds.) Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies, McGraw Hill, Toronto, pp 111-120.*Blay-Palmer, A. and Donald, B. (2007). Manufacturing fear: The role of food processors and retailers in constructing alternative food geographies. In M. Kneafsey, L. Holloway and D. Maye (eds.) Constructing ‘Alternative’ Food Geographies: Representation and Practice, Elsevier Press (accepted).*Blay-Palmer, A. (2007) Who is minding the store? Innovation Strategy, the social good and agro-biotechnology research in Canada Canadian Journal of Regional Science. 30(1): 39-56.
*Betsy Donald et Alison Blay-Palmer. 2007. Manger biologique a l’ére de l’insécurité. Lien social et Politique- RIAC, 57, Printemps 2007, pages 63-73.
Blay-Palmer, A. 2007. The Farmers’ Market @ Queen’s: Building relational networks. Guelph Organic Conference University of Guelph, January.
*Blay-Palmer, A. and B. Donald. 2006. A Tale of Three Tomatoes: the new food economy in Toronto, Canada Economic Geography, vol. 82 (4): 383-399.
*Donald, B. and A. Blay-Palmer. 2006. The Urban Food Economy: cultural consumption for the urban elite or social inclusion opportunity? Environment and Planning A, vol. 38 (10): 1901-1920.
Blay-Palmer, A., Dwyer, M. and Miller, J. 2006. Sustainable communities: Building local foodshed capacity through improved farm to fork links. Report prepared for Frontenac and Lennox-Addington Community Futures Development Corporations, 73 pages, available online at: http://www.frontenaccfdc.com/asset.cfm?ref=as808d.
*Blay-Palmer, A. 2005. Growing innovation policy: the case of organic agriculture in Ontario, Canada Environment and Planning C, vol. 23(10): 557-581.
Donald, B. and Blay Palmer, A. 2004. The Greater Toronto Specialty Food and Beverage Industry, report for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, 14 pages
*Smithers, J. and Blay-Palmer, A. 2001. Technology innovation as a strategy for climate adaptation in agriculture. Applied Geography 21(2): 175-197.
A. Blay-Palmer and J. Smithers. 2000. Technology Innovation and the Management of Climatic Risk in Soybean Production in Ontario. Report prepared for the Atmospheric Environment Service, Environmental Adaptation Research Group, Environment Canada, 17 pages.
Invited (*) / accepted paper presentations
Blay-Palmer, A. 2008. Structural and regulatory reform: Lessons from the UK. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. April 15 20, Boston.
Blay-Palmer, A. 2007. Relational Local Food Networks: The Farmers’ Market @ Queen’s. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, San Francisco,
* Blay-Palmer, A. 2006. Growing opportunities?: The Guelph-Toronto Food Innovation Corridor, Invited Speaker: International Food Health and Innovation Conference, Malmo Sweden, October 25-27.
Blay-Palmer, A. 2006. Growing opportunities: Food re-localization strategies in Kingston, Ontario. Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference: Place, Taste, and Sustenance: The Social Spaces of Food and Agriculture, June 7 – June 11, Boston University, Boston.
* Blay-Palmer, A. 2006. Sustainable Communities. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Frontenac – Lennox Addington Sponsored Growing Opportunities Conference. Napanee, Ontario, April 5.
Blay-Palmer, A..2005. Spaces of fear and hope in North American food Systems, Royal Geographic Society Annual International Conference, London UK, August 31 – September 2.
* Blay-Palmer, A. 2005. Invited Postdoctoral Participant. 2005 Canada-UK Colloquium: ‘Cities and National Success.’ Cardiff, Wales.
* Blay-Palmer, A. 2005. Renewing an old cluster in a transforming region: the case of Toronto’s food industry. PROGRIS seminar, University of Toronto, Munk Centre for International Studies, March 3, 2005.
Blay-Palmer, A. and Donald, B. 2003. The Specialty Food Case Study in the GTA: Provincial Policy Implications. Presented at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade/ Ontario Network on the Regional Innovation System/ Cluster Development: What are the Policy Implications for the Provincial Government? Workshop, October 30, 2003, Toronto, Ontario.