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Lenore Newman

Lenore Newman, PhD

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

Geography and the Environment

Abbotsford campus, B353

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4805

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Lenore Newman holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment. She also serves as Director of the UFV Centre for Food and Farmland Innovation. Lenore’s academic career as a culinary geographer has included fieldwork around the globe in the study of public markets, regional cuisines, farmland preservation, global food security, and the ecology of the world’s food system.

Lenore’s first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey, was published by University of Regina Press in 2017. It has been reviewed in the National Post, the Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail, and led to fifty print, radio, and television interviews, including on The Current, North by Northwest, CKNW, and Unreserved. Lenore has also authored over forty academic papers and reports in her areas of research. She is particularly proud of her work on foraged foods and on the impact of climate change on cuisine.

Lenore’s work has received widespread attention, and in 2014 she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She has published op-eds in Georgia Straight, the Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, Alternatives Magazine, and Modern Agriculture Magazine, and she has been interviewed for a diverse and growing range of media outlets on topics such as farmland protection, Canadian cuisine, and the future of food. Lenore is currently researching the role of immigration in shaping Canada’s agricultural sector.


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 Centre for Food and Farmland Innovation, Lenore leads a research program studying agricultural land use on the rural-urban fringe, culinary cultures, and the future of food. Through the CFFI, Lenore provides opportunities for students to gain research experience in these areas.


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