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Sarah Rotz

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Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Office: 776 South Ross Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20509
Email: rotzs@yorku.ca
Primary website: sarahrotz.com


My work focuses on political ecologies of land and food systems and how they intersect with climate change within structures of settler colonial patriarchy and neo-liberal capitalism. I also explore the consequences of these processes for sovereignty, justice and resistance movements more broadly. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Guelph and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies at York University. I am currently teaching SOSC 4000 6.0 Topics in Social Science Research: Land & Food and SOSC 2000 6.0 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Inquiry.

I have published on topics ranging from the political economy of food and farmland tenure and critical perspectives of big data in agriculture, to the ways in which settler colonial logics and gendered narratives uphold extractive practices and relationships to the land. I am also a research associate with A SHARED Future, a large, interdisciplinary and community-based research team investigating Indigenous strength, health, and autonomy in renewable energy. My current research explores accountable relationships and alliances between settler and Indigenous peoples through land-based, Indigenous-led food and energy sovereignty projects across Canada. I also do ongoing community-based work with various organizations and campaigns including food and farmer’s associations, fossil fuel divestment, as well as climate justice and food sovereignty movements.

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Degrees

PhD, Geography, University of Guelph
MES, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
BA, Environmental Management, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Agriculture , Environment and Sustainability, Critical Research Methodologies, Indigenous Food & Land Sovereignty, Food Justice, Political Ecology, Climate Change, Settler Colonial Studies
Books

Publication
Year

Uncertain Harvest: The Future of Food on a Warming Planet. University of Regina Press. 256 pages, May 2020

2020

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Rotz, S. and Fraser, E. D. G. 2018. The Limits of Sustainability and Resilience Frameworks: Lessons from agri-food system research. In S. Bell, & S. Morse (Eds), The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Indicators. Routledge. New York; London.

2018

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Rotz, Sarah, Evan Gravely, Ian Mosby, Emily Duncan, Elizabeth Finnis, Mervyn Horgan, Joseph LeBlanc, et al. 2019. “Automated Pastures and the Digital Divide: How Agricultural Technologies Are Shaping Labour and Rural Communities.” Journal of Rural Studies 68: 112–22.

2019

Rotz, Sarah, Evan D.G. Fraser, and Ralph C. Martin. 2019. “Situating Tenure, Capital and Finance in Farmland Relations: Implications for Stewardship and Agroecological Health in Ontario, Canada.” Journal of Peasant Studies 46 (1). 142–64.

2019

Rotz, Sarah, Emily Duncan, Matthew Small, Janos Botschner, Rozita Dara, Ian Mosby, Mark Reed, and Evan D. G. Fraser. 2019. “The Politics of Digital Agricultural Technologies: A Preliminary Review.” Sociologia Ruralis 59 (2).

2019

Rotz, Sarah. 2018. “Drawing Lines in the Cornfield: An Analysis of Discourse and Identity Relations across Agri-Food Networks.” Agriculture and Human Values 35 (2): 441–56.

2018

Rotz, S., & Kepkiewicz, L. (2018). Settler colonialism and the (im)possibilities of a national food policy. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur L’alimentation, 5(3), 248-258.

2018

Kepkiewicz, L., & Rotz, S. (2018). Toward anti-colonial food policy in Canada? (Im)possibilities within the settler state. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur L’alimentation, 5(2), 13-24.

2018

Rotz, Sarah. 2017. “‘They Took Our Beads, It Was a Fair Trade, Get over It’: Settler Colonial Logics, Racial Hierarchies and Material Dominance in Canadian Agriculture.” Geoforum 82: 158–69.

2017

Rotz, Sarah, and Evan D.G. Fraser. 2015. “Resilience and the Industrial Food System: Analyzing the Impacts of Agricultural Industrialization on Food System Vulnerability.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 5 (3): 459–73.

2015

Rotz, Sarah. 2014. “REDD’ing Forest Conservation: The Philippine Predicament.” Capitalism Nature Socialism 25 (2). Routledge: 43–59.

2014


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4000 6.0 A Topics in Social Science Research SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2000 6.0 A Interdisc. Approaches to Social Inquiry LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4000 6.0 A Topics in Social Science Research SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2000 6.0 A Interdisc. Approaches to Social Inquiry LECT


My work focuses on political ecologies of land and food systems and how they intersect with climate change within structures of settler colonial patriarchy and neo-liberal capitalism. I also explore the consequences of these processes for sovereignty, justice and resistance movements more broadly. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Guelph and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies at York University. I am currently teaching SOSC 4000 6.0 Topics in Social Science Research: Land & Food and SOSC 2000 6.0 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Inquiry.

I have published on topics ranging from the political economy of food and farmland tenure and critical perspectives of big data in agriculture, to the ways in which settler colonial logics and gendered narratives uphold extractive practices and relationships to the land. I am also a research associate with A SHARED Future, a large, interdisciplinary and community-based research team investigating Indigenous strength, health, and autonomy in renewable energy. My current research explores accountable relationships and alliances between settler and Indigenous peoples through land-based, Indigenous-led food and energy sovereignty projects across Canada. I also do ongoing community-based work with various organizations and campaigns including food and farmer’s associations, fossil fuel divestment, as well as climate justice and food sovereignty movements.

Degrees

PhD, Geography, University of Guelph
MES, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
BA, Environmental Management, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Agriculture , Environment and Sustainability, Critical Research Methodologies, Indigenous Food & Land Sovereignty, Food Justice, Political Ecology, Climate Change, Settler Colonial Studies

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Rotz, S. and Fraser, E. D. G. 2018. The Limits of Sustainability and Resilience Frameworks: Lessons from agri-food system research. In S. Bell, & S. Morse (Eds), The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Indicators. Routledge. New York; London.

2018

Books

Publication
Year

Uncertain Harvest: The Future of Food on a Warming Planet. University of Regina Press. 256 pages, May 2020

2020

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Rotz, Sarah, Evan Gravely, Ian Mosby, Emily Duncan, Elizabeth Finnis, Mervyn Horgan, Joseph LeBlanc, et al. 2019. “Automated Pastures and the Digital Divide: How Agricultural Technologies Are Shaping Labour and Rural Communities.” Journal of Rural Studies 68: 112–22.

2019

Rotz, Sarah, Evan D.G. Fraser, and Ralph C. Martin. 2019. “Situating Tenure, Capital and Finance in Farmland Relations: Implications for Stewardship and Agroecological Health in Ontario, Canada.” Journal of Peasant Studies 46 (1). 142–64.

2019

Rotz, Sarah, Emily Duncan, Matthew Small, Janos Botschner, Rozita Dara, Ian Mosby, Mark Reed, and Evan D. G. Fraser. 2019. “The Politics of Digital Agricultural Technologies: A Preliminary Review.” Sociologia Ruralis 59 (2).

2019

Rotz, Sarah. 2018. “Drawing Lines in the Cornfield: An Analysis of Discourse and Identity Relations across Agri-Food Networks.” Agriculture and Human Values 35 (2): 441–56.

2018

Rotz, S., & Kepkiewicz, L. (2018). Settler colonialism and the (im)possibilities of a national food policy. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur L’alimentation, 5(3), 248-258.

2018

Kepkiewicz, L., & Rotz, S. (2018). Toward anti-colonial food policy in Canada? (Im)possibilities within the settler state. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur L’alimentation, 5(2), 13-24.

2018

Rotz, Sarah. 2017. “‘They Took Our Beads, It Was a Fair Trade, Get over It’: Settler Colonial Logics, Racial Hierarchies and Material Dominance in Canadian Agriculture.” Geoforum 82: 158–69.

2017

Rotz, Sarah, and Evan D.G. Fraser. 2015. “Resilience and the Industrial Food System: Analyzing the Impacts of Agricultural Industrialization on Food System Vulnerability.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 5 (3): 459–73.

2015

Rotz, Sarah. 2014. “REDD’ing Forest Conservation: The Philippine Predicament.” Capitalism Nature Socialism 25 (2). Routledge: 43–59.

2014


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4000 6.0 A Topics in Social Science Research SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2000 6.0 A Interdisc. Approaches to Social Inquiry LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4000 6.0 A Topics in Social Science Research SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2000 6.0 A Interdisc. Approaches to Social Inquiry LECT