Dr. Hannah Wittman holds a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Development Sociology from Cornell University and is a Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at The University of British Columbia (UBC). She conducts collaborative and participatory action research with peasant organizations and farming networks in Brazil, Guatemala and Canada. Her current research projects examine the ways that the rights to produce and consume food are contested and transformed through struggles for agrarian reform, food sovereignty, sustainable local food systems and agrarian citizenship.
Her work has appeared in a wide range of journals including the Journal of Rural Studies; Rural Sociology; Agriculture and Human Values; Journal of Peasant Studies; Canadian Journal of Development Studies; Land Degradation and Development; and Human Organization. She also co-edited Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Natures, Subjects, Struggles (Berghahn, 2012); Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community (Fernwood, 2010) and Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems (Fernwood, 2011).