Kristen Lowitt

An ecological analysis of rural and coastal foodscapes: Insights for the study of community food security and sustainable food systems

Supervisors: Dr. Barb Neis, Sociology; Dr. Charles Mather, Geography.

Program Milestones: In 2010, awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; in
2009 awarded the Fellowship, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Team in Gender, Environment and Health; in 2009 awarded the Fellowship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Research: Kristen is a Doctoral Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Memorial University. Kristen's research interests include sustainable and local food systems, community food security, and rural and coastal food environments. Her PhD research looks at the implications of fisheries restructuring for the food security of communities in the Bonne Bay region on Newfoundland's west coast. She has also done research in the area of food and tourism. Her research is taking place through the Community University Research for Recovery Alliance, an interdisciplinary research team concerned with the recovery of fisheries and fishery communities.

Discipline: Sociology and Geography.

Links: Community University Research for Recovery Alliance,


Lowitt, K. (2012). The reinvention and performance of traditional Newfoundland foodways in culinary tourism in the Bonne Bay region. Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 27(1).

Lowitt, K. (2010). Exploring connections among people, places, and food in three Nova Scotia farmers' markets. Cuizine 2(3).

Lowitt, K. (2011). Fish and fisheries in the evolution of Newfoundland foodways. In Chuenpagdee, R., (Ed.), World small-scale fisheries: Contemporary visions (pp.117-131). The Netherlands: Eburon Academic Publishers.