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Lisa Powell

Lisa Powell, PhD

Research Manager, Centre for Food and Farmland Innovation

Abbotsford campus, B353

Phone: 604-504-7441, ext. 4336

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Lisa Powell is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow, jointly appointed in the Department of Geography at the University of the Fraser Valley and the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

Lisa is an active part of a longstanding family farm operation in Western Kentucky; she also has great love for the landscape of British Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Complementing and in addition to her work at the Centre for Food and Farmland Innovation, Lisa's scholarly interests include medium- and large-scale agriculture, landscape, land use conflict and negotiation, natural resources extraction, foodways, and national parks.

She has collected numerous oral histories on barbecue for both the Southern Foodways Alliance and Foodways Texas, and contributed to the book, Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket (University of Texas Press, 2009). She has also published articles in several journals including Environment & Planning A, Journal of Rural Studies, and GeoHumanities. While her current position does not involve teaching, she has taught university courses on environmental history, national parks, and calculus.


  • Ph.D., Department of American Studies and Program in Sustainability, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • B.A., Mathematics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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