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Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinAssistant Professor
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Phone:  (709) 864-8181
Email:  smartin13[at]mun[dot]ca (or search here)

BA Hons, MA with Distinction (Carleton University); PhD (University of Waterloo).

Areas for Student Research Supervision

  • Food Politics
  • Environmental Politics
  • Finance and Financialization
  • Global Political Economy / Political Economy

Sarah Martin specializes in the global political economy of food and agriculture, and her research explores questions about the governance of food and agriculture at the local and global scale. Her work as a cook, chef and meat cutter in a variety of settings from institutional cafeterias to high-end restaurants to remote logging camps has led to a particular interest in how food politics is practiced in the everyday, and the tensions found within the global political economy. Past research has explored food sovereignty movements, the political economy of foodservice corporations, and the interaction between finance and agriculture. She is currently researching the political economy of grain ethanol in the context global agri-food politics, and the dynamics of food, feed and fuel in relation to environmental politics.

Select Publications
2016 “Sowing the seeds of calculability.” In Bringing Subsistence Out of the Shadows, edited by James Murton, Dean Bavington and Carly Dokis. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.

2015 “The state of time in this financial moment: Financialization in the food system”. Canadian Food Studies, 2 (2): 287-293. 

2015 “Finance for Agriculture or Agriculture for Finance?: Finance for Agriculture or Agriculture for Finance?” (with Jennifer Clapp). Journal of Agrarian Change 15 (4): 549–59.

2014 “From Food Security to Food Sovereignty in Canada: Resistance and Empowerment in the Context of Neoliberalism” (with Peter Andrée). In Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food, edited by Marie-Josée Massicotte, Jeffrey McKelvey Ayres, Peter Andrée, and Michael Bosia, 173–98. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

2014 “Serving the Future of Food, One Plate at a Time”, Review of The Third Plate by Dan Barber, Canadian Food Studies 1 (2): 4-6.

2013 “In Conversation with Robert Cox: Historical Change, the Occupy Movement and Frozen Social Forces”. Global Social Policy 13 (2): 216–225.

2013 “Commodities, agribusiness and the importance of who's telling the story”, Think Forward Blog, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

2013 “Food and Agriculture” (with Jennifer Clapp). In Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, edited by Paul G Harris, pp. 520–532. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

2012 “The “Buy-Local” Challenge to Institutional Foodservice Corporations in Historical Context” (with Peter Andrée). Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2 (3): 116–75.