Chloe Poitevin


Office: IIC 3063
Telephone: (709) 864-8019
Fax: (709) 864- 3119



Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee


Dr. Charles Mather

Thesis Title


Research Description

My proposed research aims to elevate the profile of small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. Developing out of Too Big to Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research, my project will be looking at the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security in Newfoundland.

My project considers the concept of food sovereignty as a precondition to achieving sustainable food security in Newfoundland. The concept of food sovereignty has developed out of food security concerns and is a broader perspective aimed at determining the underlying systematic causes affecting food access, as well as ascertaining the overall sustainability of the food system.

How, where, and by whom food is produced, in addition to the actors, power structures, and policies implicated in governing the food system, are essential parts of understanding the entire food system and achieving sustainable food security. Moreover, achieving sustainable food security depends largely on who controls food production and supply. I plan to focus on the impacts of food policy at a provincial level in Newfoundland. One of the key components of food sovereignty is the ability of communities to determine their own food production and access, which is currently impeded by the overarching provincial and federal policies. One of the core principles of food sovereignty, therefore, is the acknowledgment of the rights and importance of small-scale food producers in policy-making.

I plan to look at the potential of food sovereignty as a strategy that will emphasize the importance of small-scale food producers in enhancing community livelihoods and food security. By way of a food sovereignty perspective, I will be examining the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security in Newfoundland, and the implications that export-oriented fisheries policies have on access to locally caught fish. I will be using the Interactive Governance framework in order to gain a perspective on the values, images, and principles attributed to fish as part of the food system. This framework will allow an understanding of the interactions and power relations between actors and stakeholders within the food system in Newfoundland.

Research Interests

  • Food sovereignty
  • Sustainable food security
  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Fisheries governance
  • Metabolic rift


Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552