Graduate Profiles

Classens, Michael


Email:

  • michael.classens@gmail.com

  • Student Info

    Dissertation Title

    From dismal swamp to salad bowl: Socio-ecological transformation and the making of local food in the Holland Marsh

    Comprehensive Areas

    • Food and social change
    • Political economy of food and agrilcutre
    • Urban political ecology

    Committees

    Dr. Scott Prudham, Dr. Gerda R. Wekerle, Dr. Stefan Kipfer

    Supervisory Committee

    • Dr. Scott Prudham
    • Dr. Gerda R. Wekerle
    • Dr. Stefan Kipfer

    Previous Education

  • B.A. Political Science and Media Information and Technoculture, University of Western Ontario (2006)
  • M.A. Communications and Social Justice, University of Windsor (2008)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Articles in Refereed Journals

    Classens, M. Forthcoming. Food, space and the city: Theorizing the free spaces of FoodShare’s Good Food Markets. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, special issue on Food and the City.

    Wekerle, G., and M. Classens. Forthcoming. The politics of urban gardens: Re-negotiating the rights to land for urban food production in private and public space. Local Environment.

    Classens, M. 2014. The nature of urban gardens: Toward a political ecology of urban agriculture. Agriculture and Human Values.

    Bardekjian, A., M. Classens, and L. A. Sandberg. 2012.  Reading the urban landscape: The case of a campus tour at York University, Ontario, Canada.  Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2(3): 249 - 256.

    Book Chapters

    Classens, M. (In prep). Social return on volutneers: an SROI analaysis for volutneers of the Good Food Market program. In J. Quarter and S. Ryan (Eds.) Toronto, ON. University of Toronto Press.

    Classens, M., J.J. McMurtry and J Sumner. Forthcoming. Doing markets differently: the case of Foodshare Toronto’s Good Food Markets.  In J. Quarter and S. Ryan (Eds.).  Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies in Doing Business Differently.  Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. 

    Sumner, J., J.J. McMurtry and M. Classens. 2013  Pitfalls and possibilities: the case of Foodshare Toronto’s Good Food Markets in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  In F. Miazzo and M. Minkjan (Eds.), Farming the City: Food as a Tool for Urban Development.  Amsterdam: CITIES Foundation.

    Articles in Student-Led journals

    Classens, M. 2014. Book Review, City farmer: Adventures in urban food growing. UnderCurrents: A Journal of Critical Environmental Studies.

    Classens, M., and A. DiBattista. 2014. Editorial, Undercurrents:  A retrospective and relaunch.  UnderCurrents: A Journal of Critical Environmental Studies.

    Reports

    Gilmour, L., and M. Classens.  2011.  Mapping poverty in Calgary: Where do poverty, social capital and human services exist in Calgary. United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary, AB.

    Tanasescu, A., M. Classens, D. Turner, S. Richter-Salmons, V. Pruegger & A. Smart. 2010. Hidden in plain sight: Housing challenges of newcomers in Calgary.  Calgary, AB: United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary Homeless Foundation, University of Calgary and The City of Calgary.

    Professional Experience

    Dec 2009 - Aug 2010

    Strategy Lead - Poverty Reduction Coalition of United Way of Calgary and Area. Calgary, AB

    Jun 2008-Dec 2009

    Policy and Research Analyst - Poverty Reduction Coalition of United Way of Calgary and Area. Calgary, AB

    Services & Experience

    Services & Experience

    University Service

    Jan 2012 - May 2013
    Co-editor and Co-initiator of relaunch - UnderCurrents: A Critical Environmental Studies Journal
    Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON.

    Dec 2010 – Dec 2011
    Co-chair - PhD Environmental Studies Students Association
    Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON.

    Sept 2010 – Aug 2013
    Member - Faculty of Environmental Studies Faculty Council
    Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON.

    Aug 2006-Jul 2007
    Communication Studies Representative - Graduate Student Society Council, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

    Service

    June 2013
    Organiser - Radical Food and Hunger Politics in the City –public event part of ENVS 6275 International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON.

    Dec 2012 - January 2014
    Member - Junction Commons Project Task Force

    Feb 2008 - Aug 2010
    Core Committee Member - Calgary Community Gardening Resource Network, Calgary, AB

    Mar 2008 - Aug 2010
    Co-founder and President - Community Crop Garden Society, Calgary, AB

    Oct 2007 - May 2008
    Assistant Editor - South Calgary Scanner, Calgary, AB

    May 2007
    Co-founder - FedUp! Organic Gardening Co-operative, Windsor, ON

    Aug 2006-Jul 2007
    Member - Foods and Services Advisory Council, Windsor, ON

    Aug 2006-Jul 2007
    Member - Centre for Studies in Social Justice, Windsor, ON

    Aug 2006-Aug 2007
    Co-organizer - Alternative Ethical Purchasing Policy,
    University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

    Teaching Experience

    Sept 2013 - Dec 2013

    Course Director – ENVS 3800 Food and Social Change,
    Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON

    Jan 2013 - May 2013

    Course Director – ENVS 4161 Social Movements, Activism and Social Change,
    Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON

    Sept 2011 - May 2012

    Teaching Assistant – ENVS 2200 Urban and Regional Environments
    Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University Toronto, ON

    Sept 2010 – May 2011

    Teaching Assistant – ENVS 1200 Taking Action: Engaging People and the Environment
    Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University Toronto, ON

    Research Assistantship

    Sep 2010 - Present

    Research Assistant – SSHRC CURA Project, Social Economy and Marginalized Populations, Jack Quarter and Sherida Ryan (Principal Investigators) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

    Aug 2006 - May 2007

    Graduate Assistant
    Faculty of Communications, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

    May 2006 - May 2008

    Research Assistant
    Faculty of Communications, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

    Awards

    September 2014 
    Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship
    (≈$30000 value)

    Sept 2012-2014 
    SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
    ($20000 per year)

    May 2010-2011 
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    ($15000 per year)

    May 2007-2008
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    ($15000 per year)

    May 2007 
    Bursary Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies                                
    ($1000)

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference Presentations

    2014 May

    FoodShare’s Good Food Markets: A Teaching Case Study Approach. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research).  St. Catherines, ON.

    2014 May

    Social return on volunteers: An SROI analysis of FoodShare’s Good Food Market Program.  Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research) St. Catherines, ON.                          

    2013 June

    Nature and the Social Economy in the Holland Marsh.  Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canadian Association of Food Studies), Victoria, BC.

    2012 November                          

    Marsh Madness: The Misadventures of Capitalist Agriculture in the Holland Marsh. FES Research Matters Symposium, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON.

    2012 May

    Autonomous Agricultural Free Spaces? A consideration of FoodShare Toronto’s Good Food Market program. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canadian Association of Food Studies meeting), Waterloo, ON.

    2012 May                           

    Good Food for All? FoodShare Toronto’s Good Food Markets and the Pursuit of Sustainable FoodSolutions.                                                                   

    Panel co-organized with Jennifer Sumner at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, (Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research meeting), Waterloo, ON.

    2012  February

    Food in the City: The contours of urbanized industrial agriculture. American Association of Geographers, New York, NY.

    2011 June 

    Reading the urban landscape: The case of a campus tour at York University, Ontario, Canada. (Co-authored with Adrina Bardekjian and Dr. L. Anders Sandberg) Presented by Adrina Bardekjian at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference, Burlington, VT.

    2011 May

    Community development, the social economy and FoodShare’s Good Food Markets: Preliminary findings Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canadian Association of Food Studies meeting), Fredericton, NB.

    2010 November

    Thinking through 'community dvelopment': Implications of space. FES Research Matters Symposium, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON.

    2009 October

    Community Financial Services in Calgary. Financial Works Conference, Financial Plus Asset Building Collaborative. Edmonton, AB. October.

    2009 October

    Community Education, Engagement and Empowerment as a Community Garden. (With Dr. Bert Einsiedel) Engage NOW! Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

    2009 May

    Towards Financial Inclusion: The Calgary Experience. (With Brian Hoffart and Dr. Jerry Buckland), Canadian Council on Social Development Social Forum, Calgary, AB.

    2007 October

    Enclosing the Revolution: Techno-Determinism in Contemporary Social Movements. Union for Democratic Communication Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

    2007 June

    What's right with the left? A consideration of the Waffle. Citizenship, IDentity and Social Just Conference. University of Windsor. Winsor, ON.

    Why FES?