Jennifer Sumner

Jennifer Sumner

Adult Education and Community Development Program at OISE/University of Toronto


Jennifer Sumner is a Lecturer in the Adult Education and Community Development Program at OISE/University of Toronto, where she teaches a course called The Pedagogy of Food.  Her food-related research interests include sustainable food systems, food literacy, critical food pedagogy, food co-ops and organic agriculture.  She is the co-editor of Critical Perspectives in Food Studies (Oxford University Press 2012 and forthcoming) and Leisure and Food (Routledge 2015), and editor of Learning, Food and Sustainability: Sites for Resistance and Change (Palgrave Macmillan forthcoming), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles on food-related issues.


Food-Related Publications


Sumner, Jennifer (ed.).  forthcoming.  Learning, Food and Sustainability: Sites for Resistance and Change.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mair, Heather and Jennifer Sumner (eds.).  2015. Leisure and Food.  New York: Routledge.

Koç, Mustafa, Jennifer Sumner and Anthony Winson (eds.). 2012/forthcoming. Critical Perspectives in Food Studies.  Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Sumner, Jennifer and Cassie Wever.  2015 (forthcoming).  “Pedagogical Encounters: Critical Food Pedagogy and Transformative Learning in the School and Community.”  In Colin Anderson, Jennifer Brady and Charles Levkoe (eds.), Conversations in Food Studies: Transgressing Boundaries Through Critical Inquiry.  Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2015 (forthcoming).  “Learning to Eat with Attitude: Critical Food Pedagogies.”  In Elaine Swan and Rick Flowers (eds.), Food Pedagogies.  London: Ashgate.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2015.  “Ways of Knowing the World: The Role of Knowledge in the Food/Place Nexus.”  In Kevin Fitzpatrick and Don Willis (eds.), Place-Based Perspectives on Food in Society.  Macmillan/Palgrave Publishers, pp. 83-102.

Classens, Michael, McMurtry JJ and Sumner, Jennifer.  2015.  “Doing Markets Differently: The Case of FoodShare Toronto’s Good Food Markets.”  In Jack Quarter, Sherida Ryan and Andrea Chan (eds.).  Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 215-235. 

Lynch, Derek, Jennifer Sumner and Ralph Martin.  2014.  “Framing the Social, Ecological and Economic Goods and Services Derived from Organic Agriculture in the Canadian Context.” In Stéphane Bellon, Servane Penvern and Isabelle Savini (eds.), Organic Farming, Prototype for Sustainable Agricultures.  Paris: National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), pp. 347-365.

Sumner, Jennifer, McMurtry, JJ and Classens, Michael.  2013.  Pitfalls and Possibilities: The Case of FoodShare Toronto’s Good Food Markets in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  In Francesca Miazzo and Mark Minkjan (eds.), Farming the City: Food as a Tool for Urban Development.  Amsterdam: CITIES Foundation, pp. 73-77.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2013.  “Adult Education and Food: Eating as Praxis.”  In Tom Nesbit, Susan Brigham, Nancy Taber and Tara Gibb (eds.), Building on Critical Traditions: Adult Education and Learning in Canada, Thompson Educational Publishing Inc., pp. 194-203.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2012.  “Conceptualizing Sustainable Food Systems.”  In Koç, Mustafa, Jennifer Sumner and Anthony Winson (eds.).  Critical Perspectives in Food Studies.  Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Sumner, Jennifer and Sophie Llewelyn.  2010.  “Organic Farmers and the Social Economy: Positive Synergies for Community Development.”  In Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter and Sherida Ryan (eds.), Researching the Social Economy.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 289-311.

Clark, E. Ann and Jennifer Sumner.  2010.  “Lessons in Sustainability from Organic Farmers in Ontario, Canada.  In Stephen R. Gliessman and Martha Rosemeyer, The Conversion to Sustainable Agriculture: Principles, Processes and Practices.  Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, pp. 133-164.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2010.  “From Land to Table: Rural Planning and Development for Sustainable Food Systems.”  In David Douglas (ed.), Rural Planning and Development in Canada.  Toronto: Nelson Education Limited, pp. 179-224.

Journal Articles

Sumner, Jennifer.  2015 (forthcoming).  “Waging the Struggle for Healthy Eating: Food Environments, Dietary Regimes and Brazil’s Dietary Guidelines.” Local Environment.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2015 (forthcoming).  “Food Literacy and the Potential for Food System Transformation.”  Studies in the Education of Adults.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2015.  “Standards as a Commons: Private Agri-food Standards as Governance for the 99%.”  Canadian Food Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 113-132.

Sumner, Jennifer, JJ McMurtry and Hannah Renglich.  2014. “Leveraging the Local: Co-operative Food Systems and the Local Organic Foods Co-op Network in Ontario, Canada.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 47-60.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2013.  “Food Literacy and Adult Education: Learning to Read the World by Eating.”  Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 79-92.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2013.  “Eating As If It Really Mattered: Teaching The Pedagogy of Food in the Age of Globalization.”  Brock Education Journal – Special Issue: The Impact of Globalization for Adult Education and Higher Education, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 41-55.

Sumner, Jennifer.  2012.  “Dining on the Social Economy: Challenges and Opportunities for Local, Sustainable Food Policy in a Global Context.”  Canadian Review of Social Policy, Vol. 67, pp. 30-43. 

Sumner, Jennifer.  2011.  “Serving Social Justice:  The Role of the Commons in Sustainable Food Systems.”  Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 63-75.

Sumner, Jennifer and Sophie Llewelyn.  2011.  “Organic Solutions? Gender and Organic Farming in the Age of Industrial Agriculture.”  Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Vol. 22, Number 1, pp. 100-118.

Sumner, Jennifer, Heather Mair and Erin Nelson.  2010.  “Putting Culture Back into Agriculture: Civic Engagement, Community and the Celebration of Local Food.”  International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, Vol. 8, Nos. 1&2, pp. 54-61