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Director of the Viessmann European Research Centre & Associate Professor, The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Blay-Palmer’s research and teaching combine her passions for community viability, green economic development, food systems and citizen engagement both in Canada and in the international community. She has strong ties to researchers in Germany, France and the UK.

She is the author of ‘Food Fears: From industrial to sustainable food systems’ (2008) and ‘Imagining sustainable food systems: Theory and Practice’ (2010). She is also the guest editor for two themed issues in, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, the first on ‘Sustainable Communities’ 16(8) and the most recent one titled ‘Sustainable local food spaces: Constructing communities of food’. The latter builds on her work with colleagues in Canada and the EU through her Nourishing Communities research project ( funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.