Sarah Martin

Associate ProfessorMartin

SN 2046
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada

Telephone: (709) 864-8181
Email: sarahjmartin[at]mun[dot]ca


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

Areas for Student Research Supervision

  • Food politics
  • Environmental politics
  • Finance and financialization
  • Global political economy/political economy


Dr. 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 dynamics of food, feed and fuel in relation to environmental politics and agri-aquacultures.

Selected Publications

2021 “‘Landing’ Salmon Aquaculture: Ecologies, Infrastructures and the Promise of Sustainability.” (with Charles Mather, Christine Knott, and Dean Bavington) Geoforum 123 (July 1, 2021): 47–55. 

2020 Green Meat?: Sustaining Eaters, Animals, and the Planet (co-edited with Ryan Katz-Rosene). McGill-Queens University Press.

2020 “Storing value: the infrastructural ecologies of commodity storage” (with Daniel Banoub). Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 38 (6): 1101–19. 

2020 “The Political Economy of Distillers’ Grains and the Frictions of Consumption” Environmental Politics 29 (2): 297–316.

2017. "Putting Food Sovereignty to Work in Canada" (with Peter Andrée). Journal of Civil Society, 12 (4): 374-391.

2017. "Meat" with Ryan Katz-Rosene. I-PEEL (International Political Economy of the Everyday)

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.

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