Sarah Wakefield, Associate Professor

Sarah Wakefield

Administrative Position:
Director, Health Studies Program, University College

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

PhD:
McMaster University (2002)

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-3653
Location: University College B202 (15 King’s College Circle)
Email:     sarah.wakefield@utoronto.ca

Research Interests:

  • Mobilizing for community food security in Canada
  • Community development and neighbourhood change
  • Environmental justice/just sustainability
  • Critical health geography
  • Community-engaged scholarship

Current Research Projects

Unsettling perspectives and contested spaces: Understanding inclusion and (in)justice in Canadian food activism – the Food, Environment, and Activism Study Team (FEAST – http://feast-uoft.org/)

Responding to “Code Red” with “Neighbourhood Action”: Evaluating Hamilton’s Approach to Reducing Neighbourhood-level Health Inequalities – with Jim Dunn (McMaster University)

 

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR107 Environment, Food and People
GGR340 Health Geography

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Wakefield, S., Fredrickson, K., Brown, T., In press. Food security and health in Canada: Imaginaries, exclusions and possibilities, Canadian Geographer (Health Geography in Canada Special Issue).
  • Levkoe, C. and S. Wakefield. 2014. Understanding contemporary networks of environmental and social change: complex assemblages within Canada’s ‘food movement’. Environmental Politics 23(2): 302-320.
  • Jerme, E. and Wakefield, S. 2013. Growing a just garden: Environmental justice and the development of a community garden policy for Hamilton, Ontario. Planning Theory and Practice 14(3): 295–314.
  • Gibson-Wood, H., Wakefield, S. 2013. “Participation”, white privilege and environmental justice: Understanding environmentalism among Hispanics in Toronto. Antipode 45(3): 641-662.
  • Wakefield, S., Klassen, C. Fleming, J., and Skinner, A. 2013. Sweet Charity, revisited: Organizational responses to food insecurity in Hamilton and Toronto, Canada. Critical Social Policy 33(3): 427-450.
  • Chan, S., D. Dolderman, B. Savan and S. Wakefield. 2012. Practicing sustainability in an urban university: A case study of a behaviour based energy conservation project. Applied Environmental Education and Communication. 11(1):9-17.
  • Feder, E., J. Robinson, and S. Wakefield. 2012. Persistence of change: Fume hood campaign lessons. Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education,13(4): 388-353.
  • Gibson-Wood, H., S. Wakefield D. Cole, L. VanderLinden, J. Baxter M. Bienefeld, and L. Jermyn. 2012. “A drop of water in the pool”: information and engagement of linguistic communities around a municipal pesticide bylaw to protect the public’s health. Critical Public Health, 22(3), 341-353.
  • Levkoe, C. and Wakefield, S. 2011. The Community Food Centre: Creating space for a just, sustainable and healthy food system. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2(1), 249-268.
  • Soma, T. and Wakefield, S. 2011. The emerging role of a Food System Planner: Integrating food considerations into planning. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2(1), 53-64.
  • Kortright, R. and Wakefield, S. 2011. Edible backyards: A qualitative study of household food growing and its contributions to food security. Agriculture and Human Values, 28(1), 39-54.
  • Wakefield, S and J. Baxter. 2010. Linking health inequality and environmental justice: Articulating a precautionary framework for research and action. Environmental Justice 3(3): 95-102.
  • Musso, E. and S. Wakefield. 2009. ‘Tales of Mind over Cancer’: Cancer Risk and Prevention in the Canadian Print Media. Health, Risk, and Society 11(1): 17-38.
  • Wakefield, S., S.J. Elliott, and D.C. Cole. 2007. Exploring social capital and collective action. Canadian Geographer. 51(4), 428-443.
  • Wakefield, S. 2007. Building the Harbour Waterfront Trail in Hamilton, Ontario: Re-imagining an industrial city in a post-industrial era. Cities. 24(4), 298-310.
  • Robson, A., and S. Wakefield. 2007. Socially responsible investing in asset management firms. Journal of Business Ethics and Organizational Studies. 12(1), 29-34.
  • Wakefield, S., C. Taron, F. Yeudall, J. Reynolds, and A. Skinner. 2007. Growing urban health: Community gardening in southeast Toronto. Health Promotion International. 22 (2): 92-101.
  • Wakefield, S. 2007. Reflective action in the academy: exploring praxis in critical geography using a “food movement” case study. Antipode. 39(2), 331-354.
  • Wakefield, S., S.J. Elliott., D. Cole, and J.D. Eyles. 2006. Taking environmental action: the role of local composition, context, and collective. Environmental Management, 37(1), 40-53.
  • Wakefield, S. and C. McMullan. 2005. Healing in places of decline: (re)imagining everyday landscapes in Hamilton, Ontario. Health and Place, 11(4), 299-312.
  • Veenstra, G., I. Luginaah, S. Wakefield, S. Birch, J. Eyles and S. Elliott. 2005. Who you know, where you live: social capital, neighbourhood and health. Social Science & Medicine, 60(12), 2819 – 2832.
  • Wakefield, S. and B. Poland. 2005. Family, friend or foe? Critical reflections on the relevance and role of social capital in health promotion and community development. Social Science and Medicine, 60(12), 2819 – 2832.
  • Elliott, S.J., Wakefield, S., Taylor, S.M., Dunn, J.R., Walter, S., Ostry, A., and Hertzman, C. 2004. A comparative analysis of the psychosocial impacts of waste disposal facilities. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 47(3), 351 – 364.
  • Hostofsky, C., Wakefield, S., and Hall, F.L. 2004. Freeway user’s perceptions of quality of service: comparison of three groups. Transportation Research Record, 1883, 150 – 157.
  • Wakefield, S. and S.J. Elliott. 2003. Constructing the news: The role of local newspapers in environmental risk perception. Professional Geographer, 55(2): 218-228.
  • Hall, F.L., Wakefield, S. and Al-Kaisy, A. 2001. Freeway quality of service: what really matters to drivers and passengers? Transportation Research Record, 1776: 17 – 23.
  • Wakefield, S., S.J. Elliott., D. Cole, and J.D. Eyles. 2001. Environmental risk and (re)action: air quality, health, and civic involvement in an urban industrial neighbourhood. Health and Place, 7: 163 – 177.
  • Wakefield, S. and S.J. Elliott. 2000. Environmental risk perception and well-being: effects of the landfill siting process in two southern Ontario communities. Social Science and Medicine, 50: 1139 – 1154.
  • Elliott, S.J., D.C. Cole, P. Krueger, N. Voorberg, and S. Wakefield. 1999. The power of perception: health risk attributed to air pollution in an urban industrial neighbourhood. Risk Analysis, 19: 621 – 634.

Book Chapters

  • Wakefield, S. and E. Castell. 2014. Environmental Health and Community Activism (Encyclopedia entry). Cockerham, W.C., R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah (eds.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs306

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Nature, Society and Environmental Change