Team Leads

Jo Sharma



Associate Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough
Jo (Jayeeta) Sharma is an Associate Professor at the Culinaria Research Centre of the University of Toronto. She holds graduate appointments at the School of Environment, the Department of History, the Department for the Study of Religion, and the Asian Institute. She is the founder-director of the Feeding City Lab and co-director of the Sustainable Food and Farming Futures Cluster of Scholarly Prominence. Jo is a partner of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Food Health Ecosystems Lab. Jo is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Jaclyn Rohel

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto Scarborough

Jackie brings an applied interdisciplinary approach to her work on urban food provisioning, with a focus on community-engaged research and experiential education. She has contributed to Feeding City since 2020, jointly leading research, knowledge mobilization, and pedagogical activities in areas such as community food supports, emergency foodways, markets, and multimedia. She is also a member of Gastronomica’s Editorial Collective, where she works with the journal’s creative cluster and produces and co-hosts the Gastronomica podcast series on the Heritage Radio NetworkJackie has a PhD in Food Studies from New York University, and has held fellowships in community-engaged humanities research and new media at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.


Current Research Assistants and Interns

Daphne Berberyan
Daphne Wan
Geetha Sukumaran (graduate)
Jasleen Sohal
Mohini Mehta (graduate)
Olivia Rodrigo
Rayah Flash
Serena Yuan


Former Research Associates

Dr. Bryan Dale (2020-2021)
Dr. Joel Dickau (2022-2023)
Dr. Noah Allison (2021-2023)
Dr. Siera Vercillo (2022-2023)


Former Research Assistants

Adam Bishop (2021-2023)
Amber McNeil (2021-2023)
Amira Namasivayam (2020)
Angela Gong (2020)
Bavan Pushpalingam (2023)
Bethany Wong (2021-2022)
Madeleine Frechette (2020-2023)
Cheryl Cheung (2020-2022)
Chantelle DeCunha (2021)
Dora Latalisa (2021)
Eileen Chen (2021)
Eleonora Gagliardi (2020)
Fatima Varayuri (2023)
Hannah Klemmensen (2020-2022)
Jaime Rosenfeld (2020-2022)
Jeffrey Liu (2020-2021)
Joseph Cammisuli (2020)
Juan Lloren (2020)
Laurie Courtney-Brooke (2020)
Lindsay Goodridge (2020-2021)
Lynne Chia (2020)
Matilda Dipieri (2020-2022)
Nida Mizra (2020)
Patrick Ren (2021-2022)
Qi Annnie Liu (2021)
Ruth Siew (2020)
Sebastian Rojas (2021)
Shathvahi Ramesh (2021-2023)
Shirin Arghandeh (2020)
Stella-Luna Ha (2020)
Sterling Stutz (2020)
Verayuri (2020-2022)
Yusra Khalid (2020-2021)
Yianni Pantis (2021-2022)