Alison Blay-Palmer is the founding Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Director of the Viessmann European Research Centre and an Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research and teaching combine her passions for sustainable food systems and community viability through civil society engagement and innovative governance. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Carasso Foundation, the International Social Sciences Council and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Alison collaborates with academics and practitioners across Canada and internationally including partners in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, the United States and Wales. This work gained national recognition in 2012 when her partnership was one of three nominees for a SSHRC Partnership Impact Award. While on sabbatical, she was an invited Visiting Professor at Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute.
Current projects with partners and students include: city-region food system assessments with the Resources Centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization; food security, health and climate change in the Northwest Territories; and the creation of a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis tool to assess agricultural sustainability of coastal agriculture in Bangladesh.