Sarah Wakefield

Sarah Wakefield

Associate Professor


Sarah Wakefield is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Health Studies Program at University College. Her current research rpoject include: Talking food security: producing and negotiating meaning in food policy assemblages in Canada and England – with Tim Brown (Queen Mary University of London); Responding to “Code Red” with “Neighbourhood Action”: Evaluating Hamilton’s Approach to Reducing Neighbourhood-level Health Inequalities – with Jim Dunn (McMaster University); Understanding Scale and Networks in Social Mobilization: A Case Study of the Community Food Security Movement in Canada – with Charles Levkoe (University of Toronto), Patty Williams (Mount S. Vincent University), Lauren Baker (Sustain Ontario), and Kreesta Doucette (Manitoba Food Security Network).


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.wbehibs30



Ph.D., McMaster University, 2002