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Lenore Newman

Lenore Newman, PhD

Director, Food and Agriculture Institute; Canada Research Chair, Food Security and Environment

School of Land Use and Environmental Change

Abbotsford campus, B353

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4805

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Lenore Newman is the director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment. She is an associate professor in the department of geography and the environment at UFV, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's New College.

Lenore researches agricultural land use policy, agricultural technologies, and bioengineering in the food system. Lenore was a member of the Premier’s Food Security Task Force, sat on the BC Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve, and regularly speaks to government and community groups.

She has published over fifty academic journal articles and book chapters, and her opinion pieces on the future of farmland use and other food-related issues have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, and the Georgia Straight. Her first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues, was published to wide acclaim in January, 2017, and won a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second book, Lost Feast, was published by ECW Press in 2019. It was awarded silver in the 2019 Forward INDIES and was the winner of a Canadian Science Writers Award.

She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Toronto’s York University and lives in Vancouver, Canada.


PhD, York University, 2004

MES, York University, 1999

BSc (Hons), University of British Columbia, 1996

Teaching Interests

Core courses:

GEOG 140: Human Geography

GEOG 314: Geography of Food

Research Interests

Lenore Newman researches in two main areas: agricultural land use and culinary geography. Her agricultural research focuses on issues relating to intensive farming, farmland preservation, crop innovation, and agritourism. As a culinary geographer, Lenore focuses in particular on Canadian cuisine and on the cuisines of the Pacific Rim, studying the relationships between cuisine and place. Lenore also researches the future of food, including topics such as culinary globalization, cellular agriculture, and the impacts of climate change.

As Director of the UFV Food and Agriculture Institute, Lenore leads a research program studying agricultural land use on the rural-urban fringe, culinary cultures, and the future of food. Through the FAI, Lenore provides opportunities for students to gain research experience in these areas.


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