Profile: Sarah Wakefield


An almost-lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Sarah Wakefield completed Masters and PhD degrees at McMaster University. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the Public Health Sciences department at the University of Toronto, she moved to the Geography Department where she has been promoted to associate professor. Sarah s current research deals with various aspects of urban food security. Specific research topics include local food policy and practices, neighbourhood-level food access, and alternative food systems. She is also interested in the application of critical social theory to the study of health inequalities. Sarah uses a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore her areas of interest, including community-based research methods. Much of her current research involves interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnerships with community organizations and health policy actors, in order to maximize the utility of her work as a tool for social and political change. Sarah can be reached at