Colin Anderson

Colin Anderson serves on the leadership team of the Institute for Agroecology as the Associate Director of Research and is an Associate Research Professor in the Plant and Soil Department.

His work focuses on community- and people- led processes of transformation for resilience, social justice and well-being. He works with communities, networks and organizations in social movements who are organizing to confront intersecting crises we face today and who are reimagining and building alternatives. Colin is committed to engaged and participatory research, learning and action in his methodology and pedagogy. This is anchored by a commitment to knowledge mobilization, which involves a political and social process of co-producing and deploying knowledge in processes of social transformation. He is a co-convenor of the international platform, Agroecology Now, and is always eager to connect with potential collaborators to exchange, learn and dream up projects, programs and new lines of work.

Colin teaches on the Certificate in Graduate Studies in Agroecology and is involved in a  range of research programs, including on: agroecology transformations, territorial food systems, food sovereignty, pedagogy and learning and more.

Associations and Affiliations

Affiliate of Gund Institute for the Environment
Member of UVM Food Systems Program Faculty
Member of Leadership Team for Global Collaboration for Resilient Food Systems
Honorary Research Fellow. Coventry University. Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Oregon (USA). Department of Global Studies
Member of The Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS)
Member of AgroecologyNow Research and Knowledge Mobilization Group (
Editorial Board Member of Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Core member of ARC - Agroecology Research-Action Collective

Colin Anderson

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Agroecology Transformations, Governance of Food Systems, Knowledge Mobilization, Participation and Power, Transformative Action Research, Learning and Pedagogy, Use of Media and Narratives for Transformative Change, People’s Knowledge


  • Ph.D. in Environment and Geography. The University of Manitoba
  • B.A. Psychology (Major), Sociology (Minor). The University of Manitoba


Office Hours:

By Appointment

Courses Taught

Just Transitions in Food Systems

Participatory Action Research and Transdisciplinarity in Agroecology