Suleyman M. Demi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is an educator and environmental activist who has dedicated his work to addressing issues affecting society's vulnerable population. His research interest is multidisciplinary, stemming from health equity, social and environmental justice, Food systems analysis, food sovereignty and agroecology and rural and international development. Dr. Demi was a senior Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Africa Studies of the New College of the University of Toronto, where he contributed to the department's work. He has authored and co-authored articles on health equity, holistic health, food security, food sovereignty, chronic illnesses and co-edited books on African proverbs and retheorizing anti-colonial. His current research critically explores the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the food security status of the Black population TAIBU serves. Suleyman has won several awards, including most recently the African Scholars Emerging Academic Award, African Alumni Association of University of Toronto; The Lisa Robinson Award for Excellence in Research, Black Graduation, University of Toronto; and the 2019 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, from the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto.
· African Scholars Emerging Academic Award, African Alumni Association, U of T 2019
· The Linda Robinson Award, Excellent in Research, Black Graduation, U of T 2019
· Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, SGS and OISE, U of T 2019
· Senior Doctoral Fellow, Department of African Studies, New College, U of T 2018
· George Burwash Langford Award [Excellence in environmental research] University of Toronto 2015/2016
· The Green Saver Award Alastair Fairweather, University of Toronto, School of the Environment 2014/2015
Dei, G. J. S. & Demi, S. M. (eds) (2020). Theorizing the ‘anti-colonial. New York, NY: Dio Press, Inc.
Dei, J. G. S., Darko, I. N., MacDonell, J., Demi, S. M. & Akanmori, H. (eds) (2018). African proverbs as epistemologies of decolonization. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Demi, S. M. (2020). Local Ghanaians’ resistance against GM crops. G. J. S. Dei, & Demi, S. M. (eds), Theorizing the ‘anti-colonial (pp.126-139). New York, NY: Dio Press Inc.
Dei, G. J. S. & Demi, S. M. (eds) (2020). Reframing the “anti-colonial” for new futures: an introduction. In G. J. S. Dei, & Demi, S. M. (eds), Theorizing the ‘anti-colonial (pp.1-13). New York, NY: Dio Press, Inc.
Demi, S. M. (2019). Reclaiming cultural identity through decolonization of food habits. In Wane, N, Todorova, M. & Todd, K. L. (Eds), Decolonizing the spirit in education and beyond: Resistance Solidarity Indigenous pedagogies and cultural resistance in education (Pp.117-136). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Demi, S. M. (2017). Using African indigenous food crops as a local remedy against chronicle diseases: Implications for healthcare systems in Ghana. In Kapalanga, J. & Fymat, A. L. (eds), Science research and education in Africa: Proceedings of a conference on science advancement (pp 198-226). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Demi, S. M. (2016). Black Africans and Aboriginals coalition for decolonization struggles: The missing links. In Dei, G. J. S. & Lordan, M. (Eds), Anti-colonial theory and decolonial praxis (Pp.143- 162). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Demi, M S (2016). Traditional ecological knowledge: Implications for natural resource management. Journal of Management and Applied Sciences, Vol. 2(3), 103-109.
Kuwornu, J. K. M., Demi, S. M & Amagashie, D. P. K. (2014). Food security status and coping strategies of farming households: Evidence from the Central Region of Ghana. In Seini, A. W., Egyir, I. S. & Kuwornu, J. K. M. (Eds), Developments in agricultural economics and contemporary issues in Ghana (p.101-115). University of Ghana Readers, Agricultural Science Series, Volume 2. Tema, Ghana: Digi Books.
Kuwornu. J.K.M & Demi, S. M (2013). Assessing the degree of food insecurity among farming households: Evidence from the Central Region of Ghana. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 3(3), 51-61.
Kuwornu, J.K.M., Demi. S. M & Amagashie, D.P.K (2013). Comparative analysis of food security status of farming households in the coastal and the forest communities of the Central Region of Ghana. Asian Journal of Empirical Research 3(1), 39-61.
Kuwornu, J.K.M., Demi, S. M & Amagashie, D.P.K. (2013). Analysis of food security status of farming households in the forest belt of the Central Region of Ghana. Russian Journal of Agricultural and Socio-Economic Sciences, 1(13), 26-42.