Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
The Challenge and need for new approaches
Arguably the most important challenge for the world community in the 21st Century is Global Food Security – our ability to create a sufficient, healthy, safe, culturally relevant and economically accessible food system for everyone. Sustainable food systems will require more than technological advances, and must integrate economic, social and environmental relationships, thus involving community, land and food systems.
New solutions will demand that researchers and policy makers approach the task differently from in the past. We can no longer expect solutions to come from a single discipline. The Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems graduate program offers you the opportunity to focus on such key complex issues. It encourages you to use holistic approaches that integrate knowledge from across disciplines to find solutions relevant to diverse communities.
About the program
The Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program (ISLFS) is for graduate students wishing to work within emerging interdisciplinary fields;
Students graduating from the ISLFS program will:
2. have a solid foundation in a range of research methodologies appropriate to natural and social sciences, including an ability to define problems and propose research approaches to study them;
3. be able to validate and appreciate their own professional experience and its connections with their subject matter, including the knowledge and experience accumulated by relevant practitioners, communities and organizations involved in sustainable food systems; and
4. have begun to develop a network of connections with academic colleagues across campus; and have contributed a significant body of knowledge to their selected area(s) of study.
Admission is in accordance with requirements set by UBC’s Faculty of Graduate Studies .
Prospective students should consult the information at http://landfood.ubc.ca/graduate/prospects/admissions
The ISLFS Graduate Advisor Dr. Eduardo Jovel can be contacted as well firstname.lastname@example.org
Masters students will complete and present their research proposal along with most of their courses within the first year of their program. Normally they will be expected to defend their dissertation at the end of their second year. Doctoral students will usually complete course work and their candidacy exam within two years, and the defence of their doctoral dissertation in their third or fourth years.
The minimum course requirements for Masters degrees are 30 credits. The degree requires successful completion of LFS 500, a thesis (LFS 549, 12 credits) and a minimum of 15 credits of coursework. A maximum of 6 of the required 15 course credits may be taken at the 300- and 400-level.
Coursework, selected in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee, includes graduate courses in Land and Food Systems and from other areas relevant to each student’s research. Please consult the UBC Calendar for course timetable details.
Outline of program(s) for typical students (details of the required courses can be found here):
1 in consultation with the student’s advisory committee
Students are funded by teaching and research assistantships and merit-based awards:
We recommend that applicants apply for major scholarships (e.g., SSHRC, NSERC) in the the Fall before they plan to start their program at UBC.
Most research-based international students receive an international partial tuition scholarship of $3,200. Students should consult the complete listing of awards available to graduate students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems scholarships to determine whether their specific area of research interest will qualify them for an award.
Barichello, Rick: regulated agricultural markets and farm quotas, world food markets, trade policy, poverty alleviation, food security, rural-urban linkages (note - only considers students with a strong background in economics or agricultural economics)
Chapman, Gwen: Food habits; family food decision making; gender and food choice; qualitative research; sociology of food and eating
Jovel, Eduardo: Graduate Advisor - Ethnobotany,mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health
Riseman, Andrew: Ornamental plant breeding, plant tissue culture technologies, biotic and abiotic stress resistance
Rojas, Alejandro: (NOT accepting students). Institutional adaptations to climate change; environmental conflicts and their impacts on organisational change towards social and ecological sustainability, food security and sustainability environmental sociology; ecological anthropology; sociology and anthropology of knowledge.
Skura, Brent: Food Microbiology, immunoglobulins, lactofericin, ozone, salmon quality, food spoilage, food safety
Smukler, Sean: Agricultural landscape ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development
Sullivan, Tom: Biodiversity, conservation, agroecosystems, wildlife
Wittman, Hannah: Rural and environmental sociology; agrarian citizenship; food security and food sovereignty; community and rural development; agrarian political economy; social movements.