Dana James

Student Fellow


Postdoctoral Researcher


Land and Food Systems



Geographic Location

Vancouver, BC

Dana James is a postdoctoral researcher based in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) at the University of British Columbia. Her work is interdisciplinary and informed by theories and concepts drawn from political ecology, geography, rural and environmental sociology, and settler-colonial studies, as well as those directly generated by social movements. Dana’s current research relies on participatory approaches to creating indicators of agroecology with NGOs and farmers across Latin America. Dana completed her PhD at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), where her academic and public scholarship were supported by a Vanier CGS Award, UBC’s Public Scholar Initiative, UBC’s Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, Mitacs, P.E.O. International, and SSHRC.

Areas of Interest: agroecology, food sovereignty, climate justice, well-being

Primary Recipient Awards

Dana James – Catalyst Fellows – 2022

The Wall Catalyst Student Fellow cohort will first come together to engage in the online, interdisciplinary Facing Human Wrongs course and subsequently work together on a number of public-facing projects.

The course content touches upon systemic, historical and ongoing violence, unsustainability, our complicities in social and ecological harm, and our tendency to address complex problems, such as biodiversity loss, food insecurity, economic and political crises, and the potential for social and environmental collapse, with simplistic solutions. The course requires students to be willing to be uncomfortable and to have their perspective challenged.