Sarah Elton

sarah elton

Ph.D canditate
Social and Behavioural Health Sciences


Sarah Elton is a doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioural Health
Sciences at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health
where she researches in the area of ecological public health. For her
dissertation, she is exploring the human-nature relationship in the age of
the Anthropocene by studying humans and the plants they grow for food in
city gardens. By examining human engagement with nonhuman nature and the
agency of nonhuman nature, she hopes to contribute to an understanding of
health and the environment that can attend to the health threats posed by
the food system today, as well as environmental degradation and climate
change. Sarah has been a Culinaria Graduate Research Fellow for 2018 and
previously was a Lupina Junior Doctoral Fellow in the Comparative Program
on Health and Society at the Munk School of Global Affairs (2016-2017). She
is supported by a scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council. Sarah is also a former food journalist and is the author
of several bestselling books, including Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet (University of Chicago Press, 2013).