Team Members

Jo Sharma

Associate Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough

Jo (Jayeeta) Sharma is an Associate Professor in the Historical and Cultural Studies Department and a member of Graduate Departments of History at the University of Toronto. Her research examines food, mobilities, labour, family and gender in imperial and postcolonial spaces, including the city of Toronto.


Noah Allison

Culinaria Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Noah Allison is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto. His research explores everyday city life at the intersection of international migration, politics of difference, culinary work, and governance. His current book project explores how food shapes identities, encounters, city-making, and power in one of North America’s most socially diverse urban areas.


Jaclyn Rohel

CEHR Early Career Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

Jackie Rohel is a Research Associate with the Feeding City Lab. For 2021-22, she is the Early Career Fellow in Community-Engaged Humanities Research at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. Her interdisciplinary research on food provisioning and the marketplace focuses on entrepreneurship, culinary innovation, and the ethics of hospitality. Her work has appeared in publications such as Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies, Global Food History, and Food, Culture and Society. Raised in Toronto, Jackie moved to New York to pursue her PhD in Food Studies at NYU, where she was a founding member of the City Food Research Network. Currently, she serves as an editor on Gastronomica’s Editorial Collective.



Junior Researchers

Daphne Berberyan

Daphne is in her second-year at UofT, double majoring in International Relations and Ethics, Society, and Law. She worked this summer in this Trinity College Sustainable Food Systems Research Group in collaboration with Feeding the City, doing research on policy recommendations that can help increase equitable access to farmers’ markets both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. As a research assistant with Feeding City, she is now working with community collaborators regarding farmers’ markets and food insecurity, especially working on their graphic design needs. Outside of school, Daphne enjoys drinking far too much coffee and taking long walks around the city


Adam Bishop

Adam is a third-year student at the University of Toronto (St George), enrolled in the Daniels Architecture Program. Recently becoming fascinated with humans’ relationship with food, he is taking several Anthropology and Food Studies courses at UTM and UTSC. Joining the Feeding City Lab as a Media & Design Assistant, his contributions include researching community-related topics, performing various digital media-based tasks for the project and its collaborators, and acting as a liaison between them. Outside of school, he enjoys making Tiktok videos, trying new recipes and exercising on campus. 


Cheryl Cheung

Cheryl is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto double majoring in political science and American studies Her research applies quantitative methods to understand media coverage of political matters in North America. As part of the team at Feeding City, Cheryl is conducting interviews and gathering digital data to understand how access to food in the Chinese-Canadian community has been affected by COVID-19. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and oil painting.



Joel Dickau

Joel is an (almost) graduate of the U of T history department’s Ph.D. program. His dissertation is a sensory history of the American food industry that focuses on food texture to examine how scientists have tried to resolve political tensions between consumers and producers. He also researches the history of Toronto’s foodways as the manager of the Tasting the Global City project and is a member of the Culinaria Research Centre hosted at UTSC.



Matilda Dipieri

Matilda is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Specialist degree in Health Studies and a Minor in Human Geography. As a junior researcher through Trinity College, Matilda is interested in understanding the complexities of urban and environmental health, and how these can be improved upon or hindered by our current food systems. Working in collaborating with the agricultural policy team, Matilda is examining the necessary conditions to move towards a more ecological, just and resilient food system that prioritizes producers and eaters.



Noha Fikry

Noha Fikry is a Ph.D. student of sociocultural anthropology with a specialization in food studies at the University of Toronto. She is interested in food, human-animal relations, and rural-urban food linkages in Egypt and elsewhere. Noha’s Ph.D. research explores human-animal relations of food and household rearing practices among small farmers in rural Egypt.



Madeleine Frechette

Madeleine is a third-year student at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Criminology, and minoring in Indigenous Studies. As a research assistant with Feeding the City and the Trinity College SFSRG, Madeleine is mentoring new research assistants and exploring food sovereignty efforts in communities marked as marginal by intersecting identities of race, class, gender, Indigeneity, and queerness. On-campus, Madeleine is the President of the University of Toronto Canadian Politics Society and the Sustainability Officer for the Environmental Students’ Union. Outside of research, she enjoys adding to her record collection and exploring provincial parks with friends.

Hannah Klemmensen

Hannah is in her third-year at the University of Toronto Scarborough specializing in International Development. Learning about food systems through her degree she immediately fell in love with the area of study, as it combined so many of the social and environmental questions she finds most interesting. Hannah is excited to be a part of the Feeding City Lab, seeing it as a way to start using her skills and knowledge to give back to her new home of Toronto and further work on solutions to our world’s most pressing concerns regarding justice, environment, and equity.


Amber McNeil

Amber is a second-year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, specializing in International Development Studies and minoring in Human Geography. She has always had a keen interest in the natural world and understanding the close relationship between humans and the environment. Outside of school, Amber enjoys musical theatre, skiing, and growing food in her garden. She is excited to work for the Feeding City Lab and to highlight food security initiatives, specifically non-profit food organizations, in her new community of Scarborough.


Shathvahi Ramesh

Shathvahi is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto Currently completing a Major in Religion and Environmental Ethics with a Minor in Philosophy. They also hold a sustainability certificate from the school of the environment at the University of Toronto. Through their farmers’ Market volunteering, they developed an interest in community relations with food and sustainability. With Feeding City their work is focused on researching how the Malvern area is dealing with food insecurities and the impact of community gardens and farms in Malvern. Outside of school, they enjoy volunteering, K-dramas and Hiking.


Patrick Ren

Patrick is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, and he is completing a specialist program in computer science. With Feeding City, he is currently helping in web-development capacities, and hopes to use computer science to serve the community. Outside of classes, Patrick enjoys cooking eggs, as well as things other than eggs, and riding bikes on flat surfaces.



Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia is a second-year student at the University of Toronto currently completing a major in Environmental Science with minors in Immunology and Environmental Studies. Some of her research interests include how the environment impacts health. With the Feeding City Lab, she is researching how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected community food support systems, specifically food banks. Outside of classes, Olivia is involved in campus environmental activism and enjoys cycling around the city, painting, and playing the piano.


Veronica Wahba

Veronica is in her fourth-year at the University of Toronto Scarborough, completing a double major in Health Studies and Mental Health. With Feeding City, she will be assisting with data collection, social media, and working alongside the Coalition for Healthy School Food. She is broadly interested in accessible education, food sovereignty and the role of local networks in combating food insecurity and increasing health literacy. Outside of this project she volunteers for UTSC’s chapter of Frontier College with their literacy program, and outside of school she enjoys hiking.


Bethany Wong

Bethany Wong is a second-year Masters of Science in Planning student at the University of Toronto. As a Sustainability and Community Connections Research Assistant, they focus on food security and sovereignty, community cooperatives, and community-based participatory research. Outside of research, they enjoy DJing, cooking, and riding the subway.



Serena Yuan

Serena Yuan (she/they) is in her second-year studying Environmental Science and Public Policy at the University of Toronto St. George. She has been with Feeding City since the summer of 2021 and has worked on projects interviewing community members, auditing markets, and writing public-facing blogs. At present, she is liaising between Feeding City, Culinaria, and FLIP North York Community Kitchen to support its successful launch and operation. As part of Feeding City, Serena is also researching the intersection of small food businesses and social entrepreneurship in underserved communities. Outside of the lab, she is an avid debater and music fanatic.